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Besharat Contemporary
163 Peters St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30313 - Gallery Info

NOVEMBER 10, 2017 - JANUARY 12, 2018

Artist Statement

I am often seduced by beauty.  I am drawn in by the stimulating visual, the color, the light.  My seduction is only sustained, however, if there is interest beyond the surface.  I must have somewhere to go, something to think about after the impact of the first impression fades.  This is the very same philosophy that I apply to my painting.  The foundation of my work is beauty, in both subject and technique, but the choices that I make are motivated by my desire for deeper meaning and communication through visual means.
My current work address the themes of family history, the functions (and fallacies) of memory, and the importance of spirituality.  All the elements of my paintings point to these themes, whether it be the use of beeswax as a preserver, wallpaper collage as a signifier of the domestic, or the various symbols or images that contain their own meanings and interpretations.  These works are meant to be ‘read’ and interpreted instead of merely presenting a set of ideas that can be understood in only one way.


  • A.A., studio art, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida, 1990
  • B.A., printmaking, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1992
  • M.F.A., drawing and painting, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2002


Founding member of the reformed Atlanta Gallery Association, whose mission was to position Atlanta as the cultural and visual arts capital of the South; served on the board of the AGA for four years and assisted in the development of annual programming of events, lectures and workshops to execute the goals of the organization; assisted in the networking of visual arts organizations, including galleries, museums, non-profits and institutional exhibitions spaces through the programming and permanent assets such as websites and printed materials. Currently holding a position of Foundation Studies professor in SCAD Atlanta