Artist: Farshad Farzankia
Collaboration: Wallpaper* Handmade
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Year: 2019
Art Piece: Phoenix

PHOENIX is a collaboration between Farshad Farzankia and Brdr. Krüger for Wallpaper* Handmade. The Tehran-born painter, known for colorful narrative and symbolic compositions that often deal with cultural identity and exchange, moves away from his favored medium to create a piece that doesn’t involve a single drop of paint.

The sculpture is made in two parts – an elegantly curved bird supported by a rougher-hewn pedestal. Importantly, both parts are made from offcuts at Brdr Krüger’s workshop. Instead of burning the waste wood for local heating, they now find a new life, like a phoenix rising from the ashes.

Farshad Farzankia’s studio in the Copenhagen suburb of Herlev is a glorious riot of colour, a welcome respite from the grey wintry skies on the day of our visit. Brightly-hued canvases in varying stages of completion lean against the walls and on each other, brushes, pastels, pencils and the occasional potted plant clutter every table and crate, while the concrete floor is a Pollockesque splatter. The space is compact but pulsates with a raw energy, as befitting one of the brightest talents to have burst onto the Scandinavian art scene in recent years.

Credits: Farshad Farzankia, Wallpaper
Photography: Alberto Strada