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Lot 29: Partou Zia

Lot 29: Partou Zia Self V 2006
57 x 38 cm, Conte on paper

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Partou Zia was born in Persia, in 1958, and came to the UK in 1970.

She studied at Warwick University and the Slade, London, moving to Cornwall in 1993 where she lived and worked until her death in March 2008.

Partou was the first recipient of the Tate St Ives residency programme, which culminated in her exhibition ‘Entering the Visionary Zone’ at Tate St Ives in 2003. In the year of her death a retrospective ‘In The Face of Wonder’ was held at Exchange, Penzance.

Also in 2008 the British Museum acquired 8 of her distinctive works on paper. Partou was a prolific writer and although she did not live to see her work in print in 2016 a substantial piece of her work ‘The Notebooks of Eurydice’ was published in ‘Alchemy’ (Notting Hill Editions).

Towards the end of her life Partou worked on a series of self-portraits.

Brush drawing, pen and ink, pencil - as seen here. These were very important to her and indeed the last drawing she did was as such. Her interest in ancient Greek and Roman memorial reliefs (stele) and her own Persian ancestry is thus reflected.

In March 2017 a forum on Partou’s work was held at Tate Modern, chaired by Professor Penny Florence.

Richard Cook.