Esfandiar Ahmadi Ph.D. (Candidate) Msc PGD PGDE (FE) BSc (Hons) AMIEE
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Multimedia
Esfandiar, a scientist by education and an academic by profession sees himself as a poetical painter and imagist poet who uses free verses.
He was born in Shiraz in the South West of Iran. He grew up in one of the oldest cities in ancient Persia, a city known by many Iranian as the city of poets – such as Saadi (13 century) and Hafez (14 century)- wine, nightingales and gardens. Both these poets influenced his poetic vocabulary which reflects their mystical and lyrical fusion. He moved to England in 1980 to further his study and joined Pegasus poets in 2008. Over the last twenty years, he has held solo and group exhibitions and read his poems at various conferences and literary circles. He was also running a literary circle called the Thursday Group from 1995 to 2005 which he was the founder.
In his poetry, he explores different forms, and he has been influenced by four unique types of Persian Poetry the Hema’seh (epic), the Ghasideh
(a purpose), the Masnavi (a narrative poem), and the Ghazal (a sonnet), reflecting his cultural heritage.
Esfandiar Ahmadi is the author of five poetry collections in English with three books of figurative drawings and abstract paintings, and three poetry collections in his Persian mother tongue which are ready to be published.
His poems have been a source of inspiration for a series of his paintings.
Esfandiar Ahmadi won an award and sponsorship from Leighton House Museum in London for his exhibition of paintings inspired by the mystic Persian poet Rumi. A number of his short poems use the Japanese haiku form, which is a meditation on nature.
Both his poetry and art are an enquiry into a hidden realm of the human psyche, and in this sense they are deeply connected.
New poem read by Esfandiar : Reading New Poems
Esfandiar participate in The Group Exhibition - Painter Rapido Art Exhibition 22-23 June 2019
at Chelsea Old Town Hall, king's Road London
Sunday the 23rd June preview 12 noon- 5.30 pm
The last day of the exhibition with a fellow artist at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, the refurbishment of old Town Hall has completed and the beautiful interior reminds us of some great artists who exhibited or settled here. Rossetti and Turner began the trend to settle in Chelsea in mid 19 Century followed by Whistler, Walter Sickert, August John, and John Singer Sergeant.
The" Chelsea Flower Show" exhibited at the beautiful Old Town Hall of Chelsea. Samuel Taylor Coleridge's romantic poem also once inspired by the garden show. 'This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison' The garden alludes to the world beyond while creating a meditative space in which the poem, painting, and imagination come together.
Interview With London Live TV
What art means to you? -
Esfandiar Explains what the art means to him - when his artwork included in this year finalist's exhibition at -Hampstead School Of Art in London, England sponsored by HSOA London
The opening - 6 PM on Tuesday 5th March 2019 until Wednesday 20th March 2019.
Please click on the following links to watch shorten interview with London Live TV -Esfandiari explorer some aspect of his figurative paintings.
Video 1 - What art means to me : Video -1 this year's finalists exhibition at Hampstead School Of Art
Video 2- What art means to me : Video -2- this year's finalists exhibition at "
Video 3- What art means to me : Video -3- this year's finalists exhibition at "
Video 4- What art means to me : Video -3- this year's finalists exhibition at "
Open Studio- New Watercolor paintings by Esfandiar-
Individuals have no control over their destiny- at 10 Martello Street Studios -Friday 3rd Nov- 5th November 2017
Please click the link : Review of the figurative painting by Sean Worrall November 2017
by Rachel Shelly
Esfandiar was involved in the Memorial Bench of his best friend “Dr. Parviz Owsia” an Iranian writer who died in 16 Feb1993. The following poem is Written on the Memorial Bench of Parviz Owsia in Hampstead Heath (bottom of the Parliament Hill toward Mixed Bathing Pond. This poems inspired many writers and poets and play writers. Esfandiar explores more of his life and his poetry. The list of people who have been interviewed all inspired by this bench and the poem are included the bestseller writer and prize winner. Please press the link to read about them after this poem
I was born tomorrow
Today I live
Yesterday killed me
Parviz Owsia –Iranian Writer
To read about people who were inspired by this poem,
My new book (three books in one) consists of three collections of poetry published by MKS Publishing, Chennai, India in one book. Compiled and edited by Tessa Dummett.
Please let others know the book lunch will be held at the
Saturday the 4th of June 2016 at Emmanuel Church, 145 Hornsey Rd, London N7 6DU
Please join us for an evening of poetry and music. Many thanks.
My New Collections: Three Books of Poems
The Poster of the book Launch
The Collection of Short Poems
Esfandiar Ahmadi Paintings Pleas click here or click on the image
Live Poetry performance by Esfandiar Ahmadi in the opening night of the 4th independent London Persian -English Theater Festival
18 September 2016 -Art Depot London N12 0GA
Pardis Literary Group- Thursday Group :
Esfandiar was the founder of Pardis Literary Group - The Society of Creative Artist- from 1995 until 2005. The group run over 200 gatherings and over 5000 hours critical debates which are ready to be published on the web. For the purpose of academic research (SOAS- School of African and Oriental Studies students) Bellow there are the original documents related to when the group went public after many years of private gathering.the time the grope went public at the International Hotel in London
there is a list of sample programs of the long list of the group activities.
the group in term of introducing art and critical thinking were more active than any other Iranian Communities in London at the time. The number of talks was more than the Pen Society and the Society of Writers in Exile in the area of literature and art we were more active than Iranian Community in London, Kanoon Iran and the Iranian Community in West of London (Omid).
"Pardis literary Group" then changed to the "Thursday Group" since the gathering was on Thursdays.
in my note, I explain how the group formed and where the meeting took place in London.
Please click on the links below.
Main page: Pardis Literary Group - Thursday Group
3-The List List of all Lectures from 1996-2000
Esfandiar Ahmadi has been with Huma group since it was formed, influenced by the mystical and emotional odyssey spanning decades of Middle Eastern cultural, political, and religious history. He, like other artists and poets, reacted with hope to the new changes in the Middle East... Esfandiar an academic by profession sees himself as a poetical painter and imagist poet who uses free verses. For the last ten years, he has been a full-time member of the academic staff at London South Bank University, where he taught courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He led a literary circle in London from 1995 where he regularly performed his poetry. He has also performed his work at various conferences and poetry circles. His latest reading was organized by the Middle East Department of Oxford University. He is the author of six poetry collections; two are already published in English – the First Anthology of Pegasus poetry group and Huma Bird collection and three of which are in his Persian mother tongue, which has been prepared for publication. The new poetry collection on nature due to being published by Christmas 2011. Over the last fifteen years, he has infused his painting with his poetic vision and has had various solo and group exhibitions of his art throughout the UK. He won an award and sponsorship from Leighton House Museum in London in 1997 for his exhibition of paintings, which were inspired by the mystic Persian poet Rumi. His latest exhibition was held at the St Raphael Gallery in central London in 2006, where he regularly exhibits his work. Please click below on selected reviews of his exhibitions.
Poems read by Esfandiar Ahmadi: Editing and design by Bade Saba. Please click the link below