Born 1982, USA
Asad Faulwell graduated with a BA in Art from the University of California – Santa Barbara, Goleta in 2005 and then got an MFA from the Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA in 2008. He now lives and works in Los Angeles.
Faulwell, whose family is originally from Iran, creates intricate and colourful collage paintings that deal with issues of personal and cultural identity. His highly original and striking paintings feature floral arabesques reminiscent of Islamic textiles, manuscripts, ceramics and motifs from Islamic, Jewish and Christian art that appear alongside black and white portrait photographs and digitally manipulated images. Faulwell’s oeuvre explores the traditional, the old and the new whilst technically using to great affect all available mediums, both traditional and digital. The subject matter of his paintings is the turbulent social and political history and current affairs of the Middle East. His subjects are carefully chosen following extensive research in books, articles and on the Internet.
As Faulwell explains: ‘my work explores the relationship between political faith and religious faith through the historical examination of the political climate in the post World War Two Middle East. Through works about various rulers and movements in the region as well as female Algerian freedom fighters I attempt to re-examine these important moments in history while delving into the conflicts between religion and politics at this time while also acknowledging the similarities religion and politics share’.