15 March - 12 April 2023
  • Taymour Grahne Projects is pleased to present The Quiet Path to Otherwhere, an online solo show by London-based artist Morteza Khakshoor, opening virtually on March 15.

    • Khakshoor’s fragmented, figurative narratives reveal some hidden interior feelings within his subjects, some affectual underlayers. He tightly frames his scenes with a kind of proscenium crop, pulling and compressing the perspective to squeeze solitary figures, furniture, and interiors into the picture plane. He poetically invents, adds on, transmutes, erases, and misaligns, all to prise something open about what it is to be human, fallible, and complex. They are scenes held together, in part, by Khashkoor’s archive of historical, and political references; from ancient Middle Eastern literature to pre- and post-revolutionary Iran, and in part by his unique ability to muster strangeness and originality in paint where before there was none.  Khakshoor’s new series of original works on paper The Quiet Path to Otherwhere (2022-2023) presents a group of new martyrs and tube riders unified by an elegiac and sympathetic treatment of form and subject rendered in acrylic paint.


    • Using his successful Martyr series (2022) as a compositional touchstone, the artist also introduces a new subject - the tube rider - to his recurring, typically reclining, protagonists. The Martyrs series arose initially in reaction to “Bloody November,” in which an unprecedented number of protesters were killed by Iranian state forces in November 2019. In Khakshoor’s words, “this series (Martyrs) might be a quiet personal lamentation; a homage to the suffered, defeated, pressured, pained, and murdered.” Beyond the compositional precedent, Khakshoor’s subjects also share a refined painterly language - they are rendered with his characteristic agility; his deft understanding of light, gesture, colour, and his confidence of line. He asks us to weave narratives between the gaps in his subject’s realities, what is the same, and what is different.

    • The closed eyes of the martyrs resonate with the distant eyes of tube riders, the figures’ hands and limbs positioned interchangeably almost in all works, clutching with differing degrees of anxiety, rest, and purpose. “This series - more than anything - is a visual diary of my own life in a span of recent several months; a sort of limbo where the line between tangible and inconceivable, mundane and extraordinary, ease and turmoil was constantly blurring. Going about my daily life around the city, to work, to my flat, on the subway (as they call it here ‘the tube’), I could not help but feel the absurdity between what I was experiencing on a daily basis and what was on the news, from the new protests in the country I was born in. This series is the result of that double life I was living.” - Khakshoor

  • Morteza Khakshoor (b. 1984 Iran) currently lives and works in London, UK. He moved to the US in 2010 to...

    Morteza Khakshoor (b. 1984 Iran) currently lives and works in London, UK. He moved to the US in 2010 to continue his education in Fine Arts. He received his BFA from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2015 and completed his MFA at The Ohio State University in 2018. He has been exhibiting his work nationally and internationally since 2011. Solo exhibitions include ‘Stubbly Numbness’, Emma Gray HQ, Santa Monica CA (2022); 'Dirty Words And A Melody', Wilder Gallery, London, UK (2022); and ‘Forty-One Drawings and Prints’, University Art Gallery, California State University (2018). Group Exhibitions include, ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’ Lundgren Gallery, Palma, Spain (2022); ‘Character’, Mouthflower, online (2022); ‘It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times’, Duane Thomas Gallery, NYC (2022); ‘Humoral Theory’, (3-Person Exhibition), BEERS London, UK (2020); and; 2018 Edition Artists Book Fair (E/AB), New York, NY. Khakshoor was awarded The Inaugural Emerging Artist Award at the Editions/Artists’ Book Fair (E/AB) in 2018. His works are in several private and public collections, most notably The Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice in New York City.