Helen Zarin

Zarin hails from the ancient metropolis of Shiraz, Persia, which is home to poets, writers, architects, gardens, world famous pistachios, and the internationally acclaimed Shiraz red wine grape, which has been transplanted into the world’s most famous vineyards.  Zarin’s varied influences of her native land inspire canvases with a cacophony of color, but with a distinct focus in mind.

Zarin explores the realms of music, dance, literature, history, landscapes and interiors as well as emotional concepts such as love, intimacy, joy, angst, detachment, solitude, and indifference.  Zarin’s work engages the viewer with her use of bold color and quiet sophistication.  Her paintings walk a fine line between impressionistic and abstract elements, serious and playful themes, all while remaining true to her upbringing and artistic vision.

Growing up as an Orthodox Jew in a Muslim land of Sharia Law presented its own set of challenges to Zarin.  Muslim Koranic morality bans alcohol in all its forms as “haram” (evil, sin).  Just as the Shiraz grape stands in opposition to the prevailing culture that surrounds it, Zarin emulates its tenacity and conviction to exist and prosper.