Niyaz Najafov enjoys first UK solo show for Azeri artist in Dancing on Bones at Gazelli

By Culture24 Reporter | 17 January 2013
An image of a dark red oil painting of a crouching bare-footed male figure in a black suit
© Niyaz Najafov

Exhibition preview: Dancing on Bones, Gazelli Art House, London, January 18 – March 7 2013

Being one of – if not the first – artist from Azerbaijan to have a UK solo show is not the only idiosyncrasy Niyaz Najafov can claim.

An image of an oil painting of a partly-nude male figure holding black balloons in the air
© Niyaz Najafov
Originally a soldier who trained others in hand-to-hand combat, Najafov put his talent for learning to painterly use when he began experimenting with oils in 2004, going on to inhabit the Azerbaijan Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennial and exhibit in Paris, Moscow, Berlin and Geneva.

A survey of the contemporary art scene in the new Soviet frontier, called Fly to Baku, was seen last January at London’s Philip de Pury space. And this new selection by Najafov aims to be distinctive and dark, reflecting the passionate, humorous and tender sides to the human condition.

More pictures:

An image of an oil painting of two human figures in black kneeling side by side on a floor
© Niyaz Najafov
An image of an oil painting of two abstract human figures reaching towards each other
© Niyaz Najafov
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