Peshi is an artist that remains true to her craft and herself while simultaneously appreciating the client…it’s a rare combination.
We first met artist Peshi Haas and saw her new collection, “The Bricks That Built Us,” in this post. And we noticed that Peshi is an artist that is true to her genre. One can look at a painting and know it’s Peshi Haas. Her abstract architecture, with a focus on cityscapes from around the world, has a touch of pop art. Her work is replete with archways of the Old City of Jerusalem–the beautiful corners of the city that don’t usually garner the most attention–but you won’t find a kotel. She’s completely unique.
When Peshi Haas delves into a series of paintings, once she enters her studio (her studio, where she works alone, is a few minutes from her home. She can’t have distractions when painting), she’s transported into that world. When she’s painting Prague, she’s in Prague. When she’s painting New York, she’s on the city streets. When she’s painting the IDF, it seems she’s there on the battlefront with the soldiers and the tanks. Her presence really comes through in each piece.
“What made you connect with architecture as your genre?” we ask.
“Most artists have a genre and a style. While I was in school, I became enthralled by Chagall’s cityscapes. They spoke to me more than florals or figures. I studied them and made my own renditions. I found my passion that way. I attribute my style to Chagall…it’s not similar but he gave me that passion for architecture.”
“What did you do to find muses to paint?”
“I began traveling. I love painting the less-traveled streets, like the winding, cobblestoned paths…I find them more intriguing and original to paint [vs. landmarks].”
“Where do you think your talent comes from? Is it nature or nurture?”
“I come from a family of art collectors, both my parents and grandparents. My aunt is an art historian and my uncle has been involved in the restitution of art from the Holocaust. I’ve spent time in museums since I’m a little girl. Being an artist might be innate. You only want to be an artist if you have that talent, but I attribute my technique to my schooling,” she tells us.
“What do your clients generally want?”
“People have such different tastes. Some like certain colors, like subdued taupes and greys. For other people, it’s the subject matter that talks to them. People who are really into the art world don’t care about color schemes. But then there are also people who are into the decor and want the art to match their home. I appreciate both types of art buyers.”
“Ok, so how does one go about commissioning or purchasing a piece of artwork?”
“There are two ways to buy a piece of art. They can buy existing artwork–you can see them on my website or Instagram account. There are also high quality limited edition prints available at a lower cost. Then there are those who want something custom, such as the pieces in the Bricks That Built Us series or any piece of architecture from around the globe. For either buyer, I welcome studio visits whether just to look at the artwork or talk about a commission. I love it when buyers come to view the artwork in person, so they can see the textures and different mediums. You really get an authentic feel for the art when you see it in person. These days I also accommodate those who are more comfortable on Zoom or Facetime too.”
For more about Peshi Haas and her artwork, including the “Bricks That Built Us Series” see this post. Contact [email protected] or call/Whatsapp 347-414-0330. See more at www.peshihaasfinearts.com or on Instagram @peshihaasfinearts.