Iranian-American artist Hadi Tabatabai (b. 1964) is known for his delicate, meticulously executed pattern-based works in mixed media. Tabatabai, who holds degrees in industrial technology and painting, is known for exploring the form of the line as a physical space—now a 15-year-long exercise. “I view the ‘line’ as empty space without an agenda or allegiance,” he says. He makes drawings, paintings, and sculptures from materials like wood, thread, and acrylic paint, but Tabatabai states that his choice of material is ultimately arbitrary and constantly changing. His methods are based on repetition and layering of certain marks, with the main intention of filling a surface.

About the Artist

Tabatabai’s work has been shown in London, Turin, Bonn, and widely in the United States. He has had solo exhibitions at the Anthony Grant Gallery in New York, Peter Blake Gallery in California, Brian Gross Fine Art and Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco, and Inde/Jacobs in Marfa, Texas.

His works are included in the collections of The Achenbach Foundation at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Delaware Art Museum, The Contemporary Museum (Honolulu, Hawaii), the Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville, Maine), The Lannan Foundation, The Progressive Corporation Art Collection, and the Werner H. Kramarsky Collection.


Installation Shots