May 03 2014
Jun 05 2014
Escape: New Works by Maryam Lavaf

Escape: New Works by Maryam Lavaf

Presented by Archway Gallery at Archway Gallery (Dunlavy)

Archway Gallery presents Escape, featuring new works by artist Maryam Lavaf. Exhibition on view May 3 through June 5, 2014. The artist will be at the exhibition’s opening reception on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 5 pm until 8 pm, to visit with guests and provide insights about her work.

Maryam Lavaf believes her abstract paintings originate from life’s experiences. The content of her paintings are based on elements like the earth, sun, plants and her emotional responses to nature. Lavaf knows a work is complete when it finds its own life, at which point she prefers to hide her intentions and allow viewers to come up with their own conclusions.

According to Lavaf, events and occurrences, which have their own logic, are accidents which she reveals in her work. Through them she discovers a new layer of herself. In nature, Lavaf finds her inspiration and her senses stimulated to which she likens the sensation of being in love.

Lavaf begins each piece picturing a sound, perhaps something as simple as the sound of a leaf dropping. Each work reveals its own logic and guide lines; therefore it is unique and ruled by its own laws.

Lavaf has also collaborated with a Persian calligrapher, mixing contemporary painting and traditional calligraphy. She has shown her art in Houston (VOICES) in support of the green movement in Iran. Through her art, she wants to show support for students who were killed due to speaking out for freedom of speech.

Lavaf was born in Tehran, Iran. She received a Graphic Diploma from Molavi Art School and a Bachelor of Arts in Painting from Azad University. In Houston she studied Advanced Painting at the Glassell School of Art. Lavaf is represented by Archway and Regina Gallery in Houston. She has also had shows in Tehran, Iran.

Admission Info


Phone: 713-522-2409


Dates & Times

2014/05/03 - 2014/06/05

Additional time info:

Gallery hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm;
Sunday: 1-5pm

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 3, 2014
 5 – 8 pm; with Artist in attendance

Location Info

Archway Gallery (Dunlavy)

2305 Dunlavy, Houston, TX 77006