Arran Rahimian

lives and works in Edinburgh

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Arran Rahimian, born 1991, lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland. Rahimian studied at Leith School of Art and then went on to specialise in Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. The sculptural presence that an object holds plays a significant role in his work, always exposing the rawness of the surface. Arran’s work is collected by art collectors from all around the world, appreciating his ability to visualise time and movement through a line as well as capturing a reflexive element narrated through the rich exposure of colour and space.

Lately, Arran Rahimian has been working closely with old books and highlighting their individual beauty. Fascinated by the mystery behind each one, he’s created his pieces using reclaimed book covers, some dating as far back as 1900. These books have aged with natural textures creating on the surfaces; over the years these marks have built a subtle and amazing feel on top of beautiful colours.

On the other hand, his canvas works are a visual documentation of time, leaving natural elements to compose movement. Each canvas work is a landscape created by the landscape itself.

"I consider the outdoors to be an extension to my studio; it plays a significant role in my work. My practice is conducted spontaneously and intuitively through walking. I am continually intrigued by the natural elements that surround me as their movement and presence inspire me."

Rahimian’s work is a visual documentation of time and the effect of time on materials. The aim is for the viewer to focus purely on colour, texture and the subtle marks on the pieces.

"As an artist, I am excited by the unpredictability and rawness of creating a painting. I do not plan my works, nor have a preconceived idea of how they will look. I look to create work that is visually stimulating without becoming overworked.“



born in Edinburgh
2010-11 Foundation in Art and Design, Leith School of Art
2011-14 BA Honours in Sculpture, Edinburgh College of Art
2013 Artist Residency, New Word Alive, Prestalyn, Wales
2014-15 Artist Residency, Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh
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Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2022 Galleri Sandberg, Odense, Denmark (S)
TIME, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (S, online)
ART MATTERS 5, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G, online)
2021 COLLECTIONS // PAGES, Anthropologie, Edinburgh (S)
LAST HAND, Bianca Bova Gallery, Chicago (S)
PAGE, Alessandro Stein, Los Angeles (S)
MEDITATIONS IN AN EMERGENCY, curated by Alessandro Stein (G, online)
OPEN CALL WINNERS, Delphian gallery, Unit 1 Gallery, London (G)
PAGES, Galleri Kai, Copenhagen (G)
PUZZLE, Roman Sviridov, Milan (G)
2020 DEFINE A LINE, Curated by Alessandro Stein (G, online)
TO ALL OUR ABSENT DIALOUGES, Warbling Collective, London (G)
2019 R O L I G E, Nordic Living, Edinburgh (S)
2017 OUTLOOK, &Gallery, Edinburgh (G)
2015 STILL, Patriothall Gallery, Edinbrugh (G)
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London (G)
2014 It's just a quick walk to the future from here, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh (G)
Bryant & Keeling Prize, One Church Street Gallery, London (G)
The Manchester Contemporary, Old Granada Studios, Manchester (G)
STILL, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh (G)
Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show, Edinburgh (G)
RSA Opens Exhibitions, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (G)
2013 ECA @ RCA exhibition, Royal College of Art, London (G)
Rue Villars, Aix-en-Provence (G)
New Word Alive (NWA) Conference, Pestalyn, Wales (G)
2012 Clarendon House Space, Clarendon House, George Street, Edinburgh (G)
Best of British, Notting Hill Mayfest, St John's Church, London (G)

Selected Artist Talks and Workshops

- LAST HAND, in conversation with, Bianca Bovo, Chicago

- CAPTURING COLOUR, Anthropologie, Edinburgh

- COLOUR AND MOVEMENT, Anthropologie, Edinburgh

- My Practice, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

- In Your Hands, Aix en Provence, France
- Inside the mind of an artist, Prestalyn, Wales

Selected Publications

- Home and Garden, London

- i-on, Edinburgh

- Home and Interiors, Scotland




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