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Interview with Tezh Modarressi

Tezh Modarressi, "We Harrdly Go Outside," 6 X 6 inches, oil and encaustic on wood

Tezh Modarressi, “We Hardly Go Outside,” 6 X 6 inches, oil and encaustic on wood

Tezh Modarressi’s latest exhibition at F.A.N. Gallery, “Now You See It. . . “ (as in  . . . and now you don’t) represents two years of work, painting in oil and encaustic on wood. Buildings, vehicles and nature are shown as they are on the brink of disappearing. Tezh finds these images eerily sad, but also compelling. The rough wood combined with the wax medium, is meant to reinforce the sense of time’s passage.

What is your first creative memory?
The first creative memory I have is sitting in Quaker meeting, next to a family friend (an artist) who was drawing. When she noticed me watching she passed me the sketch so that I could copy it. As I started copying it the time flew by. I remember thinking, “This is great! When I get home I’m gonna need some more paper.”
Tezh Modarressi, "Get Out Of The Cold," 9 X 9 inches, oil and encaustic on wood

Tezh Modarressi, “Get Out Of The Cold,” 9 X 9 inches, oil and encaustic on wood

Do you have a creative habit? How do you shape your art making practice to nurture your work?
My only habit is that I need to be in my studio early in the morning. I put on music and have a cup of coffee. By mid afternoon I start overworking and over thinking my work. That’s when I should leave the studio, not even go back to do small touch ups.
You have fun and interesting titles to your work. How do you come up with your titles?
I think I make up little scenarios about the places I’m painting. Sometimes the titles are little inside jokes I’ve made with myself about what I picture is going on. While I’m working on a painting I write notes on the margins that I go back to when I title them. Other paintings I just instantly know what I’m going to call them when I start to draw the first draft.
Tezh Modarressi, a Baltimore native, graduated from the Rhode lsland School of Design in 1988.  She currently lives in Philadelphia.  Her work centers around  abandoned cars, houses, barns and outside scenes.  Modarressi works in encaustic medium.  She feels the layering and building up of wax on a wood surface in the encaustic process works well with these subjects. Tezh works in both oil on paper and encaustic mediums depending on how she’d like to show off the subject.
Tezh Modarressi, "Save Me," 7 X 7 inches, oil and encaustic on wood

Tezh Modarressi, “Save Me,” 7 X 7 inches, oil and encaustic on wood

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F. A. N. in Film

Image: via poptower. Scene from “How Do You Know”, painting by F.A.N. Gallery Artist Al Gury can be seen in the back ground in the gold frame.

I am a little behind in my movie watching. I finally saw “How Do You Know” written and directed by James L. Brooks. It was a cute romantic comedy staring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson. The real reason I watched is one of mine and some of the other F. A. N. artist’s paintings are in the movie.

Treacy Ziegler, Beneath An Ocean Like A Sky, Mixed Media, 27×32 inches

Production for the movie started in the summer of 2009. The movie was filmed in Philadelphia and D.C. During that time a “How Do You Know” production staff member came into F.A.N. Gallery looking for paintings of Philadelphia scenes. They rented paintings from the artists Treacy Ziegler, Al Gury, Tezh Modarressi, Gregory Prestegord, and Kate Kern Mundie. The paintings were used in developing the look and feel of the office and home of the character George, portrayed by Paul Rudd. On the DVD, you can see the paintings in chapters 2 and 3 in George’s office and in his home at the beginning of the movie.

Kate Kern Mundie, 8th and Market Streets (Lits Bros.), oil on panel, 30 x 20 inches

I don’t think I have ever watched a movie that closely for set design before. The paintings were hard to pick out unless you knew what you were looking for, but it was still exciting to see my painting and the paintings of friends and peers.

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Tezh Modarressi’s ‘Hard Times’ reviewed by Andrew Mangravite

A nice review from Broad Street Review.

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Upcoming Events

Tezh Modaressi: Hard Times, Opening reception May 6, 2011

May 1-29, 2011: Tezh Modaressi

opening reception: Friday, May 6th, 5-9 PM

Kate Kern Mundie

Opening reception for Kate Kern Mundie: New Paintings June 3, 2011

June 1-26, 2011: Kate Kern Mundie

opening reception: Friday, June 3rd, 5-9 PM

July 1-30, 2011: Matt Greenway

opening reception: Friday, July 1st, 5-9 PM

August 5-27, 2011: Group Show

            opening reception: Friday, August 5th, 5-9 PM

September 2-24, 2011: Kathy Weber

         opening reception: Friday, September 2nd, 5-9 PM


October 7-29, 2011: Serge Zhukov

        opening reception: Friday, October 7th, 5-9 PM


November 4-26, 2011: Lesa Chittendem Lim

            opening reception:  Friday, November 4th, 5-9 PM


December 2-31, 2011: Rick Buttari

         opening reception:  Friday, December 2nd, 5-9 PM

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Tezh Modaressi

“Hard Times”

Oil and encaustic painting in discreet sizes,  5×5, 7×7 and 9×9 inches.
The paintings depict care worn spaces, abandoned equipment or cars but are painted in richly layered  jewel like color.

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