• Lapsking Hamed Dehnavi- Revenge - Oil on Canvas - 2012 - 60cm x 70cm

    Lapsking Hamed Dehnavi- Revenge – Oil on Canvas – 2012 – 60cm x 70cm

    Place of birth: Tehran

  • Place of current residence:  Tehran.
  • Where did you learn to be an artist? I got my BA from Tehran Art University, 2004-2009. But I’ve learned most things myself so it won’t be wrong to call me a self-taught.
  • Which artists have inspired you? Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings and letters have been a great source of inspiration for me.
  • Describe your art? I’d rather my paintings talk for themselves, that’s why I’m a painter.
  • Why do you make art? I think this quote says it all: “I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life  the power to create.” V. Van Gogh
  • Why do you think that art is important? If economics is the body of a society then art is its soul.
  • What is your favourite art work that you have produced? I can’t name only one: “Rented Kitchen”, “Metro” and “Revenge”.
  • What, in your opinion, is the worst piece of art you have ever seen and why? Damien Hirst’s “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” Firstly because killing an animal is against the true spirit of art. Secondly the physical form of any piece of art should be created by the artist himself just like its meaning or concept. But not only Damien Hirst didn’t create the shark but he has took its life. Thirdly it’s title is meaningless, there is nothing behind it, just a show-off.
  • Hobbies/ areas of interest (other than art): Travelling and Philosophy.
  • Favourite art quotation: “The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others. “ V. Van Gogh
  • Favourite colour: I love them all.
  • Favourite poem: Classical Persian poetry.
  • Favourite motivational quote: “The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore. “ V. Van Gogh
  • How do you combat creative blocks? Reading new books, listening to new music, and travelling