ILL – Imperfection

Written by Street Art Place

Street Art Place is an online web gallery born in 2014. Unique, prints, screen prints and sculptures of international street and urban artist are available for collectors and lovers of street art and contemporary art. Street Art Place is a branch of Memorie Urbane open air museum established in 2011 that, during just a 9-year period, has carried out more than 290 walls/project in 18 different Italian cities, effectively turning them into open-air museums by revamping walls otherwise fallen in disrepair and neglect.

11 December 2019

Street Art Place are happy to present a new edition of a really interesting artist from Iran: ILL.

This is our first release with the artist and our curator Davide Rossillo loved a lot this artwork made in Instanbul, and decide to made this small limited hand finish edition, all artwork are unique.

In this work the artist succeeds in enclosing the essence of man in this age: the order in which we try to live (the perfectly black frame that the man tries to draw carefully) and the contrasting feelings, the disorder and the chaos that coexist inside we (the different colors and irregular lines that make up the human body).

Check the video of the artist at work.

Official out 15 december 2019 18.00 PM gmt +1 Central European Time (CET)

  • Screen print one color on paper cotto 300gr hand finish each unique
  • All 1/1 size 50×70 cm only 15 available price 100€
  • Plus a canvas 1/1 80×60 cm


Interview of ILL

Born in 1985, Ill is one of Iran’s most recognised street artists. His paintings have been on the walls of Tabriz, Tehran, Karaj and other cities of Iran, talking about censorship, despair, children, human rights and mind control.Immediately after he began his career he started his military service and moved to Tehran where there was a better chance of painting walls and holding exhibitions and events.


We spoke to Ill about his artwork, the messages behind his pieces, as well as life painting in Iran. Where are you from and how when did you start painting?

My friends Icy and Sot had a big influence on me to start painting. They were the main reason that I was attracted to street art.
But why I paint is a hard question! First of all, when you live in a country where so many things are forbidden and there is no freedom; like the freedom to wear what you want, freedom of speech, freedom of making any kind of art, freedom of gathering in a place as a free event in the streets, freedom of love, drinks, parties and etc. and then you find you can complain about it all by painting on walls, to say all the things you don’t like that’s going on around you, is a big relief. I feel very happy when people see me painting in the street and I always feel that they are impressed and have many questions in their mind. In Iran having a spray can in the street means a lot to the government because back in 1979, people used spray cans to write their slogans against the king of Iran, “Shah”, and so they are very afraid that the same may happen to themselves, so just the act of painting is a big deal, and a political act no matter what you paint, they don’t like it.
I think I love to feel the fear of painting and I am addicted to it. My first paintings were some human portraits that were manipulated in a way, like a mute sign instead of a mouth, lock holes instead of eyes, and kid with a zipper in his head just to show how people look like with censorship.

What made you choose the style you paint?

My friends Icy and Sot were making big stencils in every city we were going together, I learnt from them.

How do you choose the subject matter of your pieces?

I just think of whatever I understand of the things going on around me, but the most important thing that matters to me is censorship everywhere. it disgusts me.

What techniques do you use to create your work?

I sometimes get photos and make stencils out of them or I just search the web to find the pictures I need and then I make a collage of them to get what I want. The pictures I use are mostly in bad quality so I have the chance to make them look good and like mine because I change them a lot!

Who and/or what influences your work?

My friends, the odds of the society I live in, the controversies, dilemmas, and injustices in general.

What’s the public perception of your work?

The country I live in street art is strictly illegal and not appreciated by the government or sometimes from the people who are religious. But the art scene in general is curious and they mostly get the feeling that there is a message behind these works. Somehow street art stays still as an undiscovered art in Iran, and for this very reason it remains a challenge for me to continue what I am doing.

What challenges do you face when painting?

The fear of being arrested and misunderstood because the police or the security agents here are always putting labels to ours works that are far from reality and always very severe like they say it is Satanism or against public security. Actually these are things that I was accused of for the times I was arrested.

Do you think street art or art in general could ever be a means for change in Tehran? A change in attitudes towards social issues perhaps?

Another hard question! Well it can in general. Only the act of doing it is important for this society because breaking rules and standing against a dictatorship is an act of courage and care!
If you want to be specific, I think it mostly influences the art scene here, and maybe it will be a topic for some talk among young artists, or some ordinary people who see a painting which they understand the meaning. And even these kind of interviews that we have with some foreign magazines or websites, to tell the world what’s going on in Iran.

Interview from Global Street Art

First release with the artist

Official out 15 december 2019 18.00 PM gmt +1 Central European Time (CET)

  • Screen print one color on paper cotto 300gr hand finish each unique
  • All 1/1 size 50×70 cm only 15 available price 100€
  • Plus a canvas 1/1 80×60 cm


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