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Hossein Valamanesh

Born 1949, Tehran, Iran. Lives and works Adelaide, South Australia.


Hossein Valamanesh emigrated from Iran to Perth in 1973. Valamanesh works with different media from installation to sculpture, painting and collage. Inspired by personal experiences and memories, he uses ordinary objects and natural materials to create visual poetry that reflects on his life in Australia and his experiences of his birthplace, Iran.

He has completed a number of major public art commissions with artist Angela Valamanesh including Ginkgo Gate, a new western entrance to the Botanic Gardens, Adelaide (2011); 14 Pieces on North Terrace, Adelaide (2005); and An Gorta Mor, a memorial to the Great Irish Famine at Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney (1999).

Selected solo exhibitions include GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide (2015); Angela and Hossein Valamanesh, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne (2014); Hossein Valamanesh: Selected Works 1992–2013, Grey Noise Gallery, Dubai (2013); In My Mother’s Hands, Grantpirrie Gallery, Sydney (2011); Time Travel: 1985–2009, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree (2010); Hossein Valamanesh, AMA Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (2009); Hossein Valamanesh, Turner Gallery, Perth (2008); and This Will Also Pass, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide (2007).

Selected group exhibitions include Jardins de bagatelle II, Galerie Tanit, Munich (2014); Heartland, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2013); Rose Issa Project, Art Dubai, Dubai (2012); Generations, Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong (2011); Ephemeral, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan (2008); and Strange Cargo: Contemporary Art as a State of Encounter, Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW (2006). Major surveys of Valamanesh’s work were held at the MCA, Sydney in 2002 and Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide in 2001.

Valamanesh’s work is held in major Australian state and regional galleries, and in collections in New Zealand, Finland, Paris and Japan. A monograph on his work, Hossein Valamanesh: Out of Nothingness, was published by Wakefield Press in 2011; another, by Paul Carter, was published by Art & Australia in 1996.

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Quotation: Hossein Valamanesh, Artist’s Voice Series 1, MCA, Sydney, 2005

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