Laila Tara H

Laila Tara H’s small-scale paintings on paper draw on the tradition of Indo-Persian miniature painting. Her Iranian heritage, and years spent moving through continents, has informed the language through which she articulates her own history of living in different cultural settings. Symbolic forms and multiple, concurrent narratives punctuate the space. Detailed figures, faces painted in profile, disjointed limbs, delicate foliage, birds, reptiles, and golden suns are all arranged in stark, startling compositions, creating a deeply personal narrative. Paper is cut and folded, puncturing, and destabilising space to introduce three-dimensional depth and shadow play. She uses pigments that are either naturally derived including deep blue lapis lazuli, walnut ink, clay earth ochre or from found materials such as crushed red London bricks.

Works from this artist






  • Termites

    Laila Tara H

  • Lice

    Laila Tara H

  • Bed bugs

    Laila Tara H


Laila Tara H was born in London, UK in 1995. She now lives and works in London, UK and Tehran, Iran.


Laila Tara H studied at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (London) and graduated with a MA in Miniature Painting in 2019.


Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Super Super Markt (Berlin), Drake’s London (New York), Public Gallery (London), Purdy Hicks Gallery (London), Cob Gallery (London), O Gallery (Tehran), V.O Curations (London), Casa Balandra (Mallorca), Numeroventi (Florence), General Practice Gallery (Lincoln) and 145a Gallery (London).

In the studio


  • Isabella Ducrot, Laila Tara H, Anousha Payne

    April 27 – May 21, 2023

    Friends Apartment, Berlin