For over 20+ years, Mashian’s art has colorfully illustrated her unique, astute view of the world, both real and imagined. With layer upon layer of thick acrylic paint, and mixed media continually applied, scraped off and reapplied, her paintings reveal richly colored stratum of expressivity. Translating her intuition into form privileges these collage and impasto techniques. The occasional foray into the digital world to experiment with compositional possibilities is not unheard of, but her physical encounters with the painted surface remain the hallmark to her unique style and sensibility. Fascinated with the rules of color theory, Mashian merges what is taught about color with instinct; she dances with color and shape. Haleh Mashian studied art at various institutions such as UCLA, Otis and Brentwood Art Center, as well as earning a Bachelor of Science degree from USC. Originally from Iran, she is a longtime resident of Southern California with a studio in Santa Monica, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is the Founder/Owner of MASH Gallery in Los Angeles, and Head Designer for MASH City, her innovative womenswear collection.
"Haleh Mashian does not paint trees. She does not paint forests. She paints the condition that persists between trees and forests and those of us who enter those forests, who approach those trees as manifestations of energy and mood. These are paintings of presences, and at the same time of emotional and mental weather. These are not evocations of places so much as evocations of feelings."
Peter Frank, Art Critic
Painting: Extravaganza, 60 X 60
"The rose, to me, identifies beauty, and it's not a permanent beauty, and there's a surrender to that, that today the beauty is here and then it may not be there or so be it, you surrender to that. I think that is a very important part of a woman, to be able to flow and to be with what is." Haleh Mashian
'Figurine' Mash Gallery / Interview with Haleh Mashian & Helene Brown
Painting: Pink Rose , 60 X 60
"Mashian has created images of the female figure, and of a woman’s tears – not just one woman, but a collective feminine humanity, she says. The figurative images of women are lush and highly textured – like all of the workhere, they are mixed media paintings, large and yet intimate, layered with resin, glitter, gels, fabric, paper, jewels, and beads; or as Mashian describes herwork, “Whatever moves me. I wanted all of them to be in a jewel tone, because...of the richness of being a woman. We have a lot going for us,” she laughs."
Haleh Mashian: Meditative Magic, Diversions LA
Painting: Femme 3, 60 X 60