We look to showcase a variety of talent of diverse heritage, aiming to provide the most original, contemporary voices to our collection. You are invited to apply to our gallery roster to grow with us as we navigate contemporary art from a novel perspective. Submissions may be made directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for our jury’s appraisal. Please contact us for details on the submission process.
We are looking forward to having you join our gallery, no matter from where you are coming, or where you hope to be going. Come visit us!
MAHROKH AHANKHAH Founder/DirectorMahrokh Ahankhah was born and raised in Tehran, Iran.
The early ventures of her teenage years convinced her that her various artistic interests would be best addressed in architectural studies. She embraced her passion and, in year 1996, she achieved her Masters degree in Architecture from Azad University of Tehran. Her schooling in Architecture enabled her to work in challenging Architectural projects like Rafsanjani Museum to Markest sensitive fashion clothing design in Zeroten fashion. Her path brought her to Canada in 2004. While working as an Architect in Canada for the Zak Ghanim Architect Company, Mahrokh took another bold step above and beyond her designated and expected job description and established Queen Gallery! Queen Gallery is Mahrokh Ahankhah’s flag ship of diversity & innovation, which sailed beyond merely showcasing numerous international artists. She has taken upon herself to pursue the sacred task of converting mundane events into exciting cultural ones, transforming the corpses of spaces to lively, ambient ones accented by various artistic approaches!
CECILIA CASTINEIRA GARCIA Gallery ManagerCecília holds a BFA in film studies from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil and has built a diverse portfolio working in the Brazilian film industry. She previously worked on a variety of projects in the art department of films and commercial productions and ultimately started managing her own set decorating and production service company.
After arriving in Canada, Cecília was fascinated by the Canadian cultural landscape; her experience as a volunteer in a community theatre drew her to pursue a career in arts management. Currently, Cecília has a diploma in arts management from Western University and has completed an internship at North York Arts, a Toronto based arts service organization. This is where she further developed her skills and passion in arts programming and volunteer management. Now she is thrilled to be at Queen Gallery and to help to build communities through the arts.
SIMONE BRIGHTSTEIN Advisor/ContributorBrightstein was born in Birmingham, U.K. on 18 December, 1936.At the age of 11 she immigrated with her family to Canada, settling in Ottawa, Ontario.She began her career at CKOY where she worked as a copywriter for two years and then moved to Montreal to work at CKGM, as a writer/producer.Due to family illness, she returned to Ottawa and worked as a fashion copywriter for the A.J. Frieman department store, now The Bay. She became an account executive with the John Doherty Advertising agency where she worked for two years, and then accepted the position of Creative Director at Mayer Kert Advertising.
She moved to Toronto to open a branch of Mayer Kert, now The Norman Kert Agency, but shortly after returned to Ottawa to be married to the late Arnell Goldberg, Q.C.For many years Brightstein worked as a free-lance events coordinator, handling public relations and special events for such programmes as The Great Canadian Birthday Party, The Ottawa Winter Carnival, Ottawa’s first Winterlude, and the first Canada Day celebrations.Brightstein did a great deal of volunteer work, becoming the first chairman of the Canadian Group Of Thirty-Five (women for the freedom of Russian Jewish prisoners of conscience). She was several times chairman of Women’s United Jewish Appeal both locally and nationally and served on the United Israel Appeal national board. She also chaired the Women’s State of Israel Bonds and was a member of the board of the Ottawa Jewish Community Council. She helped to create the International Women’s United Jewish Appeal and was its first director of public relations.Brightstein was a founding member of the Friends of The Canadian Museum of Civilization and chaired its pre-opening ball. She also worked for many years with the Ottawa Food Bank, co-chairing as Ottawa’s “ Taste Of The Nation” with Carol Bell-Smith and later developing “Cornucopia”, a Vegetarian food festival.
Brightstein separated from her husband and returned to England in 2000 where she spent the next nine years, during which she and Arnell divorced.
She helped to re-develop the Bradford On Avon Arts Festival, a major feature of which was “Vegging Out”, a successful vegetarian food fair which later branched further out as “Bradfood on Avon.”
She wrote her first novel, ‘Oshun’s Gold’, which was published in the U.K by Stanford House in 2006, following the non-fiction work ‘Hosts Of Ghosts’, co-authored with Margaret Dobson and published in 2005 by Ex Libris Press. ‘Oshun’s Gold’ had its second printing in 2007.
Brightstein returned to Canada in the spring of 2009 and is living in Toronto.
Past & Present Exhibitions at Queen Gallery
Featuring Azadeh Houshmand, Reza Motaghedi, Ali Soltani, Sanaz Shirshekar, Mark Freedman, Laleh Rasaee, Tooran Zandieh, Joanne De Boehmler, Oscar Patzan, and Negar Pooya
August 4th, 2009 to September 5th, 2009
A collection of pieces by Iranian artists telling the story of the Iranian people
Featuring Azadeh Housmand
September 11th, 2009 to September 30th, 2009
A solo photography exhibition that deals with family, identity, and expressing personal experiences
3) Reza Motaghedi Exhibition
Featuring Ali Soltani
October 15th, 2009 to October 31st, 2009
A solo Painting exhibition of paintings that come from the imagination, thoughts and important events in the artist’s life with each piece of art having its own characteristics.
November 3rd, 2009 to November 18th, 2009
Through photography, the artist presents some of Iran’s most overlooked, sacred and illustrious sites while exploring the contrasts that exist between unassuming and extravagant subjects.
6) Still Wild
November 19th, 2009 to December 2nd, 2009
Featuring Mark Loren
Witness a vanishing wilderness in Mark Loren Freedman’s stunning nature images from the remotest regions on Earth
Featuring Laleh Rasaee
December 3rd, 2009 to December 18th, 2009
Portraying Iranian mysticism & classical literature, which is renowned worldwide, this show demonstrates a different interpretation contrary to the current perception of Iranian culture.
Featuring Tooran Zandieh
December 19th, 2009 to December 26th, 2009
“Come with me to the deepest levels of my thoughts”- Tooran Zandieh
Featuring Joann De Boehmler
January 6th, 2010 to January 19th, 2010
Colours of Venice is the result of 10 days spent exploring and photographing the quieter side Venice, away from the crowds, capturing an artistic mood of this famous canal city steeped in history and romance, as well as the vibrant colours and reflections of Burano, a sister island in the Venetian Lagoon.
Featuring Oscar Patzan
January 21st ,2010 to February 2nd ,2010
Oscar Patzan is a visual artist who focuses primarily on illustration and graphic design. Originally from Guatemala, Oscar currently resides in Toronto. His work fuses Guatemalan influence with Toronto’s urban culture. His work shows an aged / vintage feel that comes from a technique that explores all forms of media.
Featuring Negar Pooya
February 18th, 2010 to March 2nd, 2010
The images I create through printmaking are sometimes composed of numerous layers generated from photography, drawing and monoprint. I am fascinated by experiencing surprising results that sometimes happens during the printmaking process. Most of my prints are unique, with no extra edition.
Featuring Narges Alavi, Narges Banan, Amir Etrat, Elham Hazfi, Afsaneh Hezarkhani, Mohsen Judy, Samira Khakshaei, Shahrzad Khorami, Davood Mantegh, Anahita Eghbal, Shiva Moghaddasi, Elham Naseri, Mahnaz Piroozfar, Laleh Rasaee, Nazli Salmanzadeh, Shamsi Shahrokhi, Paria Shahverdi, Mehrdad Shoghi, Hashem Taghavi, Firoozeh Tangestanian, Goli Touserkani, Dawn Tyrrell, and Negar Vafaei.
March 3rd, 2010 to April 13th, 2010
Iranian artists’ works celebrating Persian New Year, as well as live music by Mahsa Ghassemi Madahian
13) The Eternal Inca
Featuring Titka Seddighi
April 1st, 2010, to April 13th, 2010
This solo exhibition is a collection of her observation of Inca monuments and cultural beauty of sacred valley in the Andes of Peru.
Featuring Davood Mantegh
April 15th, 2010 to April 28th, 2010
This exhibition showcases all new artwork that I have made since I have left Iran. All of the work has been made in the short period (about five months) since I have been here. This work was inspired by my reflections, often in my bed, as I am drifting off to sleep, on my memories and the mystery of the future. I don’t know what the future holds for me and as I lay there thinking about it, I draw. Although I do not have my studio or my equipment, and the work was all made in unfamiliar conditions, I seem to have found the best of my imagination and creativity.
May 6th, 2010 (6-9pm)
Lecture: Tales from the Darkroom, Featuring Bob Carnie @ 7:00pm
fine art printing transition from analogue to digital wet hybrid work flows
Lecture: Copyright Basics; The rights and the wrongs, Featuring Paul Sanderson @ 8:00pm
What is copyright? Why is important? How do I acquire copyright? How long does copyright last? How do I protect my copyright? Do I have to register my copyright? In this lecture, Paul Sanderson, a lawyer with over 25 years in private practice in arts and entertainment law, will outline the fundamental copyright principles and will discuss copyright issues relevant to photographers.
May 20th, 2010 (6-9pm)
Lecture: Featuring Aida Ahadiany @7:00pm
Lecture: Women’s Role, Featuring Nazila Fathi @ 7:30pm
Live Music by Sina Salimi @ 8:00pm
Featuring Manuel Valdez, Milene Busutil Salado, Alexeir Diaz Bravo, Jorge Delgado Gutierrez, Elias Perez, and more.
June 5th, 2010 to June 29th, 2010
In this exhibition, there is a real ‘life’ to the works, a happiness and light that can only come from a place with such island colours and radiant sun.
Featuring Oscar Wolfman
July 2nd, 2010 to July 13th, 2010
A photography exhibit that combines queer sensibilities with scared Jewish texts
Featuring Katy Toth
July 15th, 2010 to July 27th, 2010
A series of abstract works where color, action and suspension of motion are painted on wooden surfaces. These works represent a real change and evolution from her earlier work because all the rigid ‘formal’ rules have been ignored and everything has been stripped down to their most basic forms.
Featuring Afsaneh Safari, Amin Nasr, Azadeh Houshmand, Bahar Pourpezeshk, Davood Mantegh, Dawn Tyrrell, Elham Hazfi, Eva Lewarne, Ferit S. Onurlu, Firoozeh Tangestanian, Ian Busher, Keijo Taianainen, Mehdi Habibagahi, Nona Soheilnia, Patrick Bachian, Sam Anvari, Shafagh Azhandch, Singithi Kandage, Soheil Homayouni
August 1st, 2010 to August 8th, 2010
20) Annual Juried Art Exhibition
Featuring Yari Ostovany
September 2nd, 2010 to September 21st, 2010
The paintings of Yari Ostovany present and represent an existential effort of great personal intensity. They are a challenge to the viewer as they were to the painter. Yet if the viewer is willing to enter into an open and honest dialogue with his work, it will divulge, as Yari puts it himself, “imprints left on the soul.”
Featuring Touka Lampoon
September 23rd, 2010 to October 5th, 2010
By casting himself as the Everyman of his socio-political satire, Touka’s at once scathing yet compassionate drawings can focus on the social climate of his native Iran without implicating other individuals
Debut of three short films by emerging Iranian filmmakers:
Arash Raeisian, Wondering Lonely Seed (16 min)
Safandyar Torkaman Rad, Fortune Without Drugs (38 min)
Hassan Ghahremani, Mohabbat Sarbaz Iran (Iran’s Soldier Kindness) (40 min)
October 2nd, 2010 to October 3rd, 2010
First Films will be the debut of three short films by emerging Iranian filmmakers. They will be showing different layers of Iranian life; illustrating an artistic way of life, a typical, everyday life, and a life involved in politics.
24) Nebulous Rings
Featuring Khosro Berahmandi
October 7th, 2010 to October 23th, 2010
For the first time, Khosro Berahmandi, the prolific and inspiring artist, comes to Queen Gallery with a handful of his most recent works entitled Nebulous Rings, and invites Toronto public to plunge into his universe of infinite detail from which emerges a personal, extraordinary and captivating mythology.
Featuring Hugo E. Slepoy
October 28th, 2010 to November 9th, 2010
Unique interpretations of tropical nature scenes, urban and rural landscapes, landmarks, historical buildings and urban architecture. Hugo’s work ranges from detailed pencil drawings to colour ‘naïve’ paintings in a variety of media, including, ink, feltpen and watercolour or their combination.
Featuring Kamyl Bullaudy Rodriguez
November 11th, 2010 to November 30th, 2010
In Cuba, where only state-run cock fights are legal, the rooster is, too, a common offering in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria. Yet, it is also home of a charming, circular tale (retold by Lucía M. Gonzáles) about a greedy little rooster who gets mud on his beak as he gobbles some grains of corn fallen in a puddle. He no longer looks presentable on the way to the wedding of his uncle, Parrot. Neither Grass, nor Goat, nor Stick will help him until Master Sun reciprocates the favour of being greeted in the morning by his crowing.
Featuring Andrew Ogus, David Townsend, Firoozeh Tangestnian, Yardena Kurulkar, Allen Linder, Khosro Berahmandi, Natalie Clark, Ksenija Pecaric, Annette Seip, David Gray, Valerie C. Kaelin, Lauralee K. Harris, Rod Trider, Heather D. Freeman, Oscar Wolfman, and Ksenija Pecaric
December 2nd, 2010 to December 22nd, 2010
One thing that all human societies have in common is their need to explain where they come from. Whether it is as a nation, like Rome’s Romulus and Remus, or as a pan-national collective, like the Norse Valhalla legends; whether it is based on “beliefs,” like the Judeo-Christian Seven Days of Creation, or empirical “facts,” like the Big Bang Model or the Human Genome Project, knowing who we are is interwoven with knowing how we got here.
Featuring Sue Russell
January 13th, 2011 to January 25th, 2011
This social documentary project all started with the disappearances – at the time I lived north of Pickering on the infamous Airport Lands. I was driving home one day and suddenly had to stop and ask myself – “Am I on the right road? Where is the house at the T junction?” Sometime that day, it had vanished. As it turned out, this was just the beginning, as buildings of all kinds fell to the bulldozers.
Featuring Abel R. Massot, Afsaneh Safari, Ali Kamran, Ali Soltani, Andrew Ogus, Annette Seip, Bahar Pourpezeshk, Davood Mantegh,Firoozeh Tangestanian, Hashem Taghavi, Hugo E. Slepoy, J. Bradley Adams, Jorgeh Delgado Gutierrez, Kamelia Pezeshki,Kamly Bullaudy Rodriguez, Khosro Berahmandi, Lauralee K. Harris, Lida Alirezaei, Manuel Hernandez Valdez, Manuel Larrañaga Sardiñas, Milene Busutil Salgado, Natalie Clark,Oscar Wolfman, Paria Shahverdi, Parham Didehvar, Rod Trider, Tom Ridout, Touka Neyestani, Yardena Kurulkar, Yari Ostovany
February 8th, 2011 to February 26th, 2011
Juried art exhibition
March 3rd, 2011 to April 13th, 2011
Four Iranian artists’ works celebrating Persian New Year
Featuring Ali Kamran, Gohar Dashti
April 30th, 2011 to May 31st, 2011
This series explores Iran, and its complex relationship between the people and the social and cultural issues that have swept the nation. Issues of war and censorship are the prevalent themes in these pieces and set against the stunning backdrop of the Iranian landscape it is at times difficult to imagine that such beauty could produce such hardships.
32) West by East
Featuring Shadi Ghadirian
April 30th, 2011 to May 31st, 2011
Exploring Iran and its complex relationship between the people and the social/cultural issues that have swept the nation.
Featuring deaf artist, Maryam Hafizirad
June 2nd, 2011 to June 27th, 2011
“I would like to invite you to discover Persian nature, tradition, philosophy and culture through my art as I fuse an array of colors, textiles and techniques in a unique creative form. Rather than to confine my art to traditional works on paper of my heritage, I decided instead to experiment on fabric. Art is a living, unfettered realm where most of my paintings have roots in divine values… The source of my painting is a strange, God-given urge to create, just as life first rose from the sea.”
Featuring Behram Dabiri
June 30th, 2011 to July 26th, 2011
With a full head, Dabiri pays attention to details thereby creating a totality of art each time creating a work of art in which love, beauty, and finesse are all present. Bahram Dabiri is an artist of today that carries with him all the world’s art cultures of the past.
Featuring Afsaneh Hezarkhani, Alireza Bidari; Arad Habibagahi; Bahar Pourpezeshk; Beverly Zawitkoski; Davood Mantegh; Firoozeh Tangestanian, Ian Busher; Jamshid Tajdolat; Kamelia Pezeshki; Majid Nagahi; Maryam Hafizirad; Mehrdad Shoghi; Mina Momeni; Mohsen Judy; Parham Didehvar; Raha Mehraban; Sayeh Irankhah; Shafagh Azhandeh; Shamsi Shahrokhi; Steve McCabe; Taha Neyestani; Taraneh Azadi; Touka Neyestani; Valérie C Kaelin
August 4th, 2011 to August 30th, 2011
Juried art exhibition
36) Spilling Horizon
Featuring Khosro Berahmandi
September 15th, 2011 to October 4th, 2011
These works continue the novel, creative offspring of a pictorial space unique to this remarkable artist who, faithful to himself throughout the years, invites the visitor to explore the depths and marvels of his art. This new exhibition is thus an invitation for contemplation and discovery of his distinctive art, which can be recognized by all.
37) Salt Shakers
Featuring Mostafa Hamidi Novin
October 6th, 2011 to October 18th, 2011
In today’s society, people are beginning to fear the presence of salt in their foods. The traditional prominent place of the saltshaker on the kitchen table is declining and with it disappears the tradition of folklore, expressions and superstitions. I tried to give the saltshaker a new role as both a functional and artistic object in an attempt to preserve these traditions.
38) Degenerate Art
Featuring Oscar Wolfman
October 13th, 2011 to November 1st, 2011
I am reclaiming the term “degenerate” as an art style that has an ethnic and sexual base. In doing so, I hope to show that, just as the Nazi exhibitions of degenerate art generated an art form that, previously, did not exist, Jewish art as degenerate is belied by generations of Jewish artists that continue to live while the Nazis died as a force of power and domination more than 60 years ago. Art by sexual “minorities” continues even without the need of [self-] procreation.
43) Contact Festival Featuring Martha Griffith
44) 4 Weeks Of Cuba
August 09, 2012 – August 31, 2012
Annual Juried Art Exhibition
46) Place your bids for Silent Auction Fundraising “HELP AZARBAYJAN”
August 15, 2012 – August 30, 2012
47) 6 Weeks of Iranian Art
September 21, 2012 – November 02, 2012
November 23, 2012
49) Fire & Renewal
December 06, 2012 – December 21, 2012
50) Norouz 2013 Show
March 09, 2013 – March 19, 2013
August 22,2 2013- September 5, 2013