Beyond the White Cube: Amir H. Fallah, Painter and Mixed-Media Artist.

I recently stopped by my friend Amir’s studio to catch up and see his new series.  He has taken his paintings to a whole other level, both in subject matter and scale. Never one to shy away from bold colors, his brightly-hued palate is all the more powerful in these large works. Amir was kind enough to give us a sneak peak at a brand new series that has yet to be exhibited. And, ever the aesthete, his purple t-shirt fit in perfectly with the blue, purple and pink under (and over) tones of his work!

Yasmine Mohseni: What are you working on right now?

Amir Fallah: I’ve been working the last 8 months on a new series of large figurative paintings based on photographs I take. I start the process by going to a friend’s home and creating a staged scene with them at the center. I surround them with their everyday objects, clothing, and any sentimental collectibles and trinkets. I then quickly take some snapshots and head over to the studio where I edit the photos. From there I begin painting the photograph and take lots of liberties with the imagery. I move objects around, change colors, and redecorate the figures life and belongings as I see fit. I want the work to blur the lines between portraiture and still life and truth and fiction. During the process, I photograph the painting again and bring it back to Photoshop to play with various arrangements. This happens several times until I finish the piece. In some ways the paintings are very planned out but I still have areas where I keep the intuitive and spontaneity of my earlier work. It’s a constant balance of creating a painting that is loose but tight.

What upcoming exhibitions do you have? 

I don’t have any solo shows coming up soon but I have some work going into various art fairs both in LA and New York… Stay tuned!

Describe your style

This is a question that most artists hate. But I guess I’ll go with visual sampling overload with a Surrealist bent and a graphic twist.

Why did you become an artist?

I wake up in the morning and think about art and I fall asleep thinking about making art the next day. It might sound cheesy but art has completely consumed me for more than half of my life. There’s something gratifying about starting with a blank canvas and creating something that hasn’t been made before. 

What inspires you?

Anything and everything. I love learning, seeing, and doing new things. I find candy wrappers and art history equally inspiring. 

Who are your favorite artists (living or dead)?

Chris Ofili’s early work could keep me inspired for the rest of my life. He is the closest thing to an art hero that I could have.


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