The Mystical Creatures of Eden (Zebra)

Mohammad Barrangi (1988 - )

solvent transfer on paper

2021
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Other
    City: storage

    This work is part of the series 'The Mystical Creatures of Eden', and combines Persian calligraphy and motifs with scenes of nature from Mohammad Barrangi’s birthplace, Iran. Significant female figures from his life and animals are reimagined for the other-worldly landscapes he creates. Barrangi’s visual language moves across time and place and is a direct response to his experience of the world. He has developed a particular form of printmaking in a two-stage process that involves drawing and printing onto handmade paper. The first stage is using an Iranian calligraphy method to make the initial drawing. He then scans, collages, and prints the drawings. They are then transferred using cellulose thinners onto a new sheet of paper, which has been prepared with Iranian wood stain.


  • About the artist
    Mohammad Barrangi was born in Iran. He majored in graphic design at the Islamic Azad University of Tonekabon, after which he moved into book illustration and printmaking. Barrangi moved to the UK and undertook a MA at the Royal Drawing School in 2019. His work combines elements of calligraphy, storytelling, text and touches of humour. Born without the use of his left arm, Barrangi has developed a unique process of making large murals, as well as smaller works on paper, that feature layered cultural references and personal imagery. Barrangi has works in the collections of the British Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art. Recent exhibitions include: 'Anything Is Possible: Mohammad Barrangi', Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh (2022) and 'The Conference of the Birds', Advocartsy, Los Angeles (2020-1).
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    Title
    The Mystical Creatures of Eden (Zebra)
    Date
    2021
    Medium
    solvent transfer on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 36.0 cm; width: 48.0 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from International Curator's Forum (ICE), March 2022
    Provenance
    The artist, via International Curators Forum (ICE); from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 31 March 2022
    GAC number
    19078