House No.19

Seventy drawings and paintings in this collection are attribute to my favorite Cinema genre, Film Noir.For the past few years, I have watched and immersed myself in a large number of these movies. I have taken many pictures of my favorite scenes, highlighting  the characteristics of this genre. Unlike my previous exhibition – The Third man-which I painted specific scenes from that movie, each painting in my new exhibition “House No. 19” is the combination of different scenes  from different  movies into one.  Each new Image is created with new composition whileremaining loyal to the elements  of  the contributing  movies.

 Far from the madding crowd

The location and make shift  gallery of this exhibition also has its own story. Avery small house which is about to be demolished and built as a new multi-story building. The old house, full of memories and stories, is one of those cozy places that we all love which in the hustle of the modern life vanishes as the city sheds its skin.I believe Film Noir genre and its classic atmosphere has vanished the same way;  lost in the bustling glamor of the modern cinema and life.To create the atmosphere of Film Noir, I used all the walls, doors, windows, every corner, even the cupboards and closets of this fading character home.

I had the opportunity to work freely to modify the location with my desired forms and colors. All around the walls of the courtyard I drew Film Noir style seated portraits of people smoking, or I just used a piece of plank to simulate a bar setting with people behind it. My exhibition viewers could get a chance to smoke their cigarettes next to Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Swanson, Ava Gardner,… portraits.

As I could not serve alcoholic drinks in my exhibition, I decided to draw bottles and glasses on a wall in another part of the house where it was next to the kitchen. There was an opening on this wall into the kitchen where we used to cater the guests. We used another room to set up a poker table with its seats as I had drawn cards and poker chips on the table. A painted chapeau coat was resting on a chair while I had deliberately painted a large window in the room with a scene from the movie “Night and the City” to cover the scenery from Tehran.