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Salman Khoshroo

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Salman Khoshroo



Salman Khoshroo (born 1983) is an Iranian painter who specializes in creating emotive portraits. He is well known for how he uses a palette knife and sizable layers of paint to to create his portraits.

His work uses impasto techniques ranging from monochromatic series to others of bright colour. Some use a single pigment in a sandbox method, where these faces are the result of taking a chunk of paint and molding it. Often in his portraits, the features are not defined, instead the aim is to capture a human spark with minimal intervention

During the 2020 lockdown he has began a new series called ‘The Wool on Foam’. He explains, “These portraits are tied to my experience of quarantine and recent trauma. Weaving inanimate fibers into faces brings me comfort and helps deal with the issues. These portraits are delicate and vulnerable and resonate with my own precarious situation.

We live in fragile times, and I feel the need to find new materials and the mindset to reinvent my practice. Wool brings warmth and intimacy to these portraits, and plays with provoking the nurture instinct. Making male portraits with this habitually perceived feminine material, is part of a personal journey in re-interpreting the masculine condition.

My aim is to make full volume sculptures in wool and develop some of the ideas out of this initial project.”

In ‘Flesh Potential’ he explores oil paint. He sites what De Kooning once famously said “Flesh is the reason oil paint was invented.”

He explains, “For him flesh mainly meant the skin, but for me it cuts all the way down to the bones.Perhaps with an inherent sculptural mentality, I shape and arrange the paint, not to exactly mimic, but move along the brink of representation.

This seemingly chaotic and obscure puddle is just a few strokes from becoming something recognisable and alive. The substance of paint, with its flesh potential, is moulded to find a spark, and capture the potency of life.”.

Khoshroo hopes to capture a human spark with minimal intervention and create portraits of people that make you feel something, of people you didn’t even know you were looking for.

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