Coming from a family of renowned Iranian painters, Shahrzad Ghaffari, has carried on the hundred-and-fifty-year tradition. The acrylic artist has exhibited at shows across the world, but this will be her first solo appearance in London. Darkness to Bliss will open at the Grosvenor gallery between the 18th September - 4th October, and it marks a distinct change in her style.
Although Ghaffari is still working with acrylics, the subject of her paintings have become far more ambiguous. What were once clear messages, legible words, and images easy to interpret, have now transformed into equivocal swirls of colour; this move to abstraction reflects Ghaffari's own feelings of ambivalence, yet, the title suggests hope. The exhibit is not about a journey from bliss to darkness, but from darkness to bliss. Maybe she started the project feeling lost, without a clear idea of what she wanted to accomplish, but found satisfaction in her work's completion.
Since this is an exhibition of abstract art, the meaning is open to interpretation. Take it as you will, or just enjoy the chaos of radiant colour.