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Sefullah is from the Iranian village of Palk Lak of Arkvazi, in the Illam Province, where he lived before making his journey to Australia. Sefullah is a self-taught artist, who researches different styles of painting and schools of thought. 

Sefullah art
Friday’s Sunset, 2015, oil on canvas, 100x100cm. Photo: Graeme Wienand.

Sefullah said he was inspired by landscape and nature. He started producing art professionally seven years ago. While in detention, he was involved in designing murals and paintings. He has shown his work at SSI’s Art is Our Voice exhibition in May 2014 and StirrUp Gallery’s Refugee Week exhibition in June 2014.

Over the past year, Sefullah has also participated in a number of art exhibitions, including a show at The Red Gallery in Redfern. 

"When I was a child, sunsets in my village were quite intense and bright and I was fearful of the sun going down," Sefullah said. "Those days are finished and I am grown up now. I now think about those days as the best of my life; the days of the past. I miss Friday sunsets in my village."

Details: See Sefullah's work at "Home: between here and there"

Where: Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown, NSW

When: August 19-22

Opening: 6pm, August 19

Register for opening night.

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