Photographer, printmaker, freethinker
When I am drawn to a work of art, I instinctively know how it makes me feel. I engage emotionally before rational thoughts of what, how and why come into play. This tells me that, for me, art is primarily an emotional experience. Thus I focus on that understanding in my own works.
I seek beauty and simplicity, celebrating the aesthetic, silencing the noise and transcending the mundane, everyday realities, allowing fragments of memories to feed into present experiences, exploring what resonates within...
To have the feeling of the night, not to just see it as it is.
“It is only with the heart that one can truly see.
What is essential is invisible to the eye"
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "The Little Prince"
Born in the UK to a Palestinian father and English mother, Tariq Dajani’s early experience of life in Europe and the Middle East gave him a valuable perspective of cultural and ethnic diversity. An early creative interest in music and art later led him to photography and printmaking.
Over a period of 25 years, Dajani learned his craft working in advertising and design and on art projects and exhibitions. He gradually developed a style that resonated with the truth and emotion that he was seeking. Recurring themes in his work relate to identity, belonging, and his Arab heritage.
He has exhibited in numerous shows internationally, and has won several awards. His prints are owned by art lovers and collectors worldwide, and are included in several public and private collections.
A photographer, printmaker and freethinker, Dajani now spends most of his time working on art projects and tutoring in photography and photogravure printmaking in his ancient farmhouse studio in Spain. He combines creative interests with a healthy lifestyle connecting to nature and working on his organic farm with his partner and their family of Saluki dogs and Arabian horses.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
"There is a strange-making in much of Dajani’s work, a way of making perfectly ordinary things seem quite strange and extraordinary. Such work leaves the viewer feeling touched, moved, disturbed, with a whole complex of emotions, desperately wanting to know more.” ~ John Wood, poet, photographic historian & editor
“Tariq Dajani is a photographer and printmaker. He is mostly known for his poetic portrait studies of the Arabian horse and the hunting falcon. Beautifully observed and mastered, the work displays intellectual depth and emotional maturity. It is contemporary while invoking something of the European Masters.” ~ Barbara Rowell, gallery owner, Jacaranda Images
"Drinkers of the Wind", Katara Arts Centre, Doha, Qatar
"Kitab al-Filaha", Casa Árabe, Córdoba, Spain
"Hikāyāt (stories)", Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan
"Kitab al-Filaha", Casa Árabe, Madrid, Spain
"Drinkers of the Wind", Showcase, Dubai
"Kitab Al-Filaha & La Alpujarra", Biblioteca de Andalucia, Granada, Spain
"Kitab al-Filaha", Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan
"El Asil y El Noble", Kasser Rassu, Marbella, Spain
"SAQR, the hunting falcon", Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
"SAQR, the hunting falcon", Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan
"Above Wadi Rum", Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan
"ASIL, the Arabian horse", The Empty Quarter, Dubai, U.A.E.
"ASIL, the Arabian horse", DRC, Dubai, U.A.E.
"ASIL, the Arabian horse", Zara Centre/ Jacaranda, Amman, Jordan
"Arabhästen", Galleri Hippo, Stockholm, Sweden
"Skin", Galleri Z:e, Stockholm, Sweden
(DIFC Installation), The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai
Creek Art Fair, XVA Gallery, Duba
"Shadow and Light", University of Iowa, USA
"The World is a handkerchief / El mundo es un pañuelo", Coral Gables Museum, Florida, USA
"The World is a handkerchief / El mundo es un pañuelo", Impact12, Univeristy of Bristol, UK
"Gratitude", Cervantes Centre, Image Festival Amman, Jordan
"Trees Stir in their Leaves", Alice Chaiten Baker Interdisciplinary Gallery, Center for Creative Photography (CCP), University of Arizona, USA
"The World is a handkerchief / El mundo es un pañuelo", Ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
"Shadow and Light", Al-Mutanabbi Street project, Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania, USA
"Retrospectiva: una década de reencuentro con el mundo árabe", Casa Árabe, Córdoba, Spain
"The Gallery", The Gallery Building, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Agawami International Miniture Print Exhibition, Shikoku Island, Japan
"III International Mini Print Cantabria", Instituto Cervantes, Bordeaux, France
"III International Mini Print Cantabria", Santander, Spain
"The World is a handkerchief / El mundo es un pañuelo", Blackburn 20 |20 Gallery, NY, US
"Skin of the Print", Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester, UK
"The World is a handkerchief / El mundo es un pañuelo", London Print Studio Gallery, UK
"Shadow and Light", Al-Mutanabbi Street project, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, UK
"Kitab al-Filaha", Impact10, Santander, Spain
"An Eye for an Ear", Photography Open Salon, ChinaHouse, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
"An Eye for an Ear", Photography Open Salon Arles, France
"Playground", Lumas, Gallery, Köln, Germany
"Three Dimensions", The National Museum of Bahrain, Manama
"My Name is Robot", The Jam Jar, Dubai
"Art Abode", XVA Gallery/Harvey Nichols, Dubai
"Capture", AoP Gallery, London, UK
"03", AoP Gallery, London, UK
John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
"Landmarks", AoP Gallery, London, UK
"Edge", AoP Gallery, London, UK
"Freedom Now", Photographers' Gallery, London, UK