Graphic Storytelling: Arif Huseynov, Tarlan Gorchu, Zohrab Salam-zadeh & Fidan Gumbatli

28 April - 5 June 2021 Baku

Gazelli Art House is delighted to present the Graphic Storytelling exhibition, revealing a variety of topics through both abstract and figurative illustrations.

Participating artists Arif Huseynov, Tarlan Gorchu, Zohrab Salam-zadeh and Fidan Gumbatli use graphic as a platform to convey certain concepts, describing the world via their own perception.


Arif Huseynov

People's Artist of Azerbaijan, known for more than 40 years as a graphic easel painter, portraitist and illustrator of books for children and adults. His solo exhibitions have been held in various cities around the world, including Moscow, Prague, Istanbul, Tokyo, and Baku. Arif Huseynov's works are housed in many museums around the world. The "While There is Time" artworks serve as illustrations inspired by poems of Rasul Rza, the innovator and philosopher of the Azerbaijani poetry, reflecting his spirit and mood. The author managed to raise them to the level of the outstanding poet and citizen who believed in kingdom of peace, goodness and justice as well as in society of freedom, equality and fraternity.


Tarlan Gorchu

Member of the Artists’ Union, Honored Artist of Azerbaijan, Director of Baku Puppet Theater. Throughout his career Tarlan created a variety of artworks exploring contemporary calligraphy, textiles, sculpture, photography and installations, promoting an interplay of traditional forms with modern techniques. His works have been displayed all over the world, including the Azerbaijan’s Pavilion

at the 53rd Venice Biennale, many important exhibitions in Poland, Lithuania, France, Georgia, Italy, Switzerland, and Russia.

In the “Gobustan Rock Images” series the author though the use of modern technologies combined numerous rock images into one complete picture, dividing seen in black and white into three colorful scenes from life of Gobustan inhabitants: migration, hunt, and portrait of a leader.


Zohrab Salam-zadeh

Member of the Artists’ Union of Azerbaijan, participated in over 40 local and international group exhibitions and projects. The key motive of his paintings is mystical elements of Islam, sufism, dervishes, jinns, as well as urban themes, tradition and faith. His pieces are focused on very simple and yet rich compositions portraying a human inner world, philosophy, one's simple wishes and dreams.


Fidan Gumbatli

A ceramic artist, works in the area of conceptual ceramics and illustration, creating ceramic exterior and interior objects.

A frequent participant in international festivals held in Russia and Germany. This series of works is dedicated to the myths of ancient Greece: in her practice Fidan draws inspiration from myths, philosophy, incorporating the art of ancient artists, ceramists, and sculptors.