Asad Faulwell American, b. 1982


Asad Faulwell's practice sits on the cusp of post-colonial modernity, exploring forgotten histories through a dense pattern language of painterly compositions. It raises questions pertaining to themes of memory, absence and power within dominant narratives.


Over the past decade Los Angeles based Faulwell has produced a series of works on Les Femmes D’Alger: giving homage to the forgotten Algerian women who fought alongside their male counterparts in the war of independence from French occupation between 1954-1962. Faulwell’s works are intricately produced and involve poetic collaged paintings of these unique women based on photographs taken during their lifetimes - captured moments when they were on trial in the French courts or before then, when they were young and innocent. The repetition of images and the quasi-religious imagery he employs give the series an air of devotional shrines whilst the brightly colored, elaborate, repetitive arrangements are reminiscent both of Henri Matisse’s decorative patterning as well as Faulwell’s own Iranian Islamic tradition of geometric design.


Asad Faulwell was born in Caldwell, Idaho in 1982, and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2005 and Claremont Graduate University in 2008. While at Claremont he was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.


Faulwell has participated in numerous solo exhibitions including: Phantasmagoria, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY, 2022; Art Expo Chicago with Lawrie Shabibi, Chicago, IL; Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK; Holding Pattern w/Andrew Schoultz, Galerie Droste, Wuppertal, Germany, 2020; An Unrealized Dream, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, 2020; Climbing a Disappearing Ladder, Lawrie/Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, 2019; Phantom, Denk Gallery, Los Angeles, 2018; In the Heart of the Cosmos, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, 2017; Shapeless Shackles, Bill Brady Gallery, Kansas City, 2016; Obelisk Movements, Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York,, 2014; Bed of Broken Mirrors, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, 2014; Pins and Needles, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas, 2013; Empty Vessels, Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York, 2012; and Les Femmes D’Alger, Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York, USA, 2011.


Recent group exhibitions include: Life Altering: Selections From A Kansas City Collection, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA, 2022; Repetition of Difference, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, 2022; Adorn/Artifact, Getty Projects/Transformative Arts, Los Angeles, CA, 2022; Devil's In The Details, Contemporary Art Matters, Columbus, OH, 2022; House Parte II, Palm Springs, CA, 2022; Chronicles, Galerie Droste, Berlin, Germany, 2021; New Histories, Harris Gallery, La Verne, CA, 2021; Art Dubai (Lawrie/Shabibi Booth, Dubai, UAE, 2021; Common Bonds, UCSB Art, Design and Architecture Museum, Goleta, California, USA, 2019; Insight/Foresight, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 2019; Human Nature, The Pit, Los Angeles, 2019; Unexpected Encounters, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 2018; In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art, LACMA, 2018; and The Collector’s Room, The Epsten Gallery, Kansas, USA, 2017.


His work is part of many private and public collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA); Orange County Museum of Art, OCMA); UCSB Art, Design and Architecture Museum, Goleta; Ulrich Museum, Kansas; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City ; The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio The Oppenheimer Collection at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas;  The Franks-Suss Collection, London; The Rubell Family Collection, Miami; the Nerman Family Collection:  Morton G. Neumann Family Collection, New York; and The Deighton Collection, London. 


He lives and works in Newport Beach, California.