Hossein Valamanesh

Hossein Valamanesh (born Tehran, Iran, 1949) is an Australian contemporary artist.[1] Valamanesh emigrated to Australia in 1973, and lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia.

Hossein Valamanesh
Born2 March 1949 (1949-03-02) (age 71)
Tehran, Iran
EducationTehran School of Art and South Australian School of Art
Known forSculpture, Painting
AwardsVisual Arts Board Grant, Australia Council, Grand Prize at the Dacca Biennale, Bangladesh


The water feature 14 Pieces by Angela and Hossein Valamanesh, in front of the South Australian Museum, is based on the forms of ichthyosaur vertebrae.[2]
Descriptive plaque of The Australian Monument to The Great Irish Famine

He has completed a number of major public art commissions including 14 Pieces on North Terrace, in Adelaide and An Gorta Mor, the Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine (1999), at Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, both with Angela Valamanesh. The Irish Famine memorial (one of a number around the world) is incorporated into the wall surrounding the Barracks and "ironically, stands on the site of the original kitchens" there.[3] The table, bowl, tools and utensils are cast in bronze and the names of 400 women who arrived as famine orphans are etched into the glass part of the memorial walls. Among the estimated 2,500 people attending the memorial's unveiling on 28 August 1999, were 800 famine orphan descendants.[3]

His 1997 combined performance, photography and sculpture work Longing, belonging which involved burning a Persian rug in the outback to explore the migrant experience, is in the collection of the Art Gallery of NSW[4] and featured in the 2013 ABC BBC joint production documentary The Art of Australia: Strangers in a Strange Land.[5]


Barracks side of the Australian Monument to The Great Irish Famine at Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney
Detail of the Irish Famine memorial (1)
Detail of the Irish Famine memorial (2)

Valamanesh attended the Tehran School of Art, graduating in 1970, and later the South Australia School of Art, graduating in 1977.[6] He was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship 1998. A major survey of his work was held at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2001[7] and in 2002 a survey of more recent work was held at Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Public art collectionsEdit

Valamanesh's field is contemporary art. His work is included in most major public Australian art collections, including:

See alsoEdit

List of memorials to the Great Famine


  1. ^ "Design & Art Australia Online". Hossein Valamanesh. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  2. ^ Jude Elton, HistorySA: Adelaidia > Things > 14 Pieces Accessed 19 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b McIntyre, Perry (May–June 2013). Inside History. Ben Mercer (16): 36–37. ISSN 1838-5044. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Longing belonging Art Gallery of New South Wales. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  5. ^ The Art of Australia. ABC Arts. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Interview with Hossein Valamanesh". Archived from the original on 31 October 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2009.
  7. ^ "Hossein Valamanesh: A Survey, Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide 29 June - 26 August 2001". Artlink Magazine. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Collection: Longing belonging, (1997) by Hossein Valamanesh". www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Hossein Valamanesh". MCA Australia. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  10. ^ Valamanesh, Hossein. "Falling". Item held by National Gallery of Australia. Retrieved 12 December 2019.

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