Instantly recognisable for their photo-realistic execution and monochromatic palette, Afshin Pirhashemi’s paintings examine the role of women in Iranian society and their relationship to the world around them. Tapping into the psychosocial dimensions of contemporary Iran, the artist explores manifestations of power as they appear or are negotiated through gendered bodies and spaces. Breaking down gender related barriers the artist simultaneously creates scenes rich with sensual, chaotic fantasy in a celebration of female beauty and strength. Pirhashemi’s ability to masterfully capture a subject’s physical features in hyperrealism can be seen at its very best in this striking portrait. Depicting the partially obscured visage of a young woman staring intensely out at the viewer, Pirhashemi’s finite markings alternate with loose brushstrokes, and his skilful use of chiaroscuro lend a dramatic tension to the canvas.