Arran Rahimian

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"What keeps me excited when painting is the handling of line and shape"

Born in Edinburgh in 1991, Arran Rahimian is a Scottish painter who currently works and lives in Edinburgh. 


From 2010 to 2011 he took a foundation course at Leith School of Art and then continued his studies in Sculpture, at Edinburgh College of Art in 2011 until 2014.  


He considers the outdoors an extension to his studio; it plays a significant role in his work. Arran is continually intrigued by the natural elements that surround him.  


Rahimian makes work in a number of different ways. His work is spontaneous, without preconceived ideas, with the goal to create work that is  visually stimulating without becoming overworked. 


Bordering on gestural painting and abstract expressionism, we find in his works the search for a truth, hidden and buried deep within us. Dynamic lines of the unconscious follow the footsteps of Cy Twombly and a colour pallete that reflects the work of Mark Rothko and the Marine of Gerhard Richter. 


Rahimian’s work reflects our natural surroundings and is built up of layers of pigment - yet still allowing some sections of the canvas to be left exposed.  


Arran Rahimian artistic process invites the viewers to focus on the beauty of the visual elements: line, colour and texture. His work is sought after by high end interior designers and collected by collectors across the world

Text : Isabelle CAPALBO

Mains exhibitions & Partnership


2011-2014 BA Honours in Sculpture, Edinburgh College of Art 2010-2011 Foundation in Art and Design, Leith School of Art

Solo Exhibition

2019 'R O L I G E', Nordic Living, Edinburgh Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 'DEFINE A LINE', Curated by Alessandro Stein2020 'TO ALL OUR ABSENT DIALOUGES', Warbling Collective, London 2017 'OUTLOOK', &Gallery, 


2015 'STILL', Patriothall Gallery, Edinbrugh

2015 'Affordable Art Fair', Battersea, London

2014 'Its just a quick walk to the future from here', Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh 2014 'Bryant & Keeling Prize', One Church Street Gallery, London

2014 The Manchester Contemporary, Old Granada Studios, Manchester

2014 'STILL' Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh

2014 Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show, Edinburgh

2014 RSA @ ECA exhibition, Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art 2014 Absence, C14, Edinburgh College of Art

2014 RSA Opens Exhibitions, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 2013 ECA @ RCA exhibition, Royal College of Art, London

2013 Rue Villars, Aix en Provence, France

2013 New Word Alive (NWA) Conference, Pestalyn, Wales

2013 Fella Ciao, Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art

2012 Clarendon House Space, Clarendon House, George Street, Edinburgh 2012 Best of British, Notting Hill Mayfest, St John's Church, London

Selected Artist Talks and Workshops

2019 CAPTURING COLOUR, Anthropologie, Edinburgh 2018 COLOUR AND MOVEMENT, Anthropologie, Edinburgh 2016 My Practice, Universtity of 

Edinburgh, Scotland

2013 In Your Hands, Aix en Provence, France

2013 Inside the mind of an artist, Prestalyn, Wales

Artist Residencies

2014/15 Artist in resident at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh

2013 New Word Alive, Prestalyn, Wales Awards

2014 Nominated for the New Sensatations Saatchi Art Prize 2011 Most outstanding piece of work, Leith School of Art