Los Angeles based photographer Tami Bahat’s style and spirit comes from classical artists including Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Vermeer, and Whistler among others. She recently presented her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles at Building Bridges Art Exchange.
The Gone Cat: What’s your background in art/photography?
Tami Bahat: I grew up attending art schools which was an amazing gift because I struggled with many aspects of standard education. I was pretty shy but loved performing so it helped me come out of my shell and find my voice.
GC: What’s your preferred medium?
TB: Painting and sculpture definitely inspire me. I’m drawn to emotional work, whether it be abstract bold colors or poignant dark portraiture. I really love to be drawn in and feel some kind of connection to the work and/or artist.
GC: Who are some artists you admire?
TB: Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rodin, Gormley, Chagall, Bergner… The list goes on and on!
GC: What’s your favorite city and your favorite art museum or gallery in that city?
TB: Favorite city is Paris. Everything in your surroundings feels like living and breathing art. The fashion, architecture, cafes… the food! The Louvre is incredible but I also absolutely love Musee d’Orsay and Musee Rodin.
GC: If you could have a dinner party for three artists past/present, real or fictional who would you choose and what would you make for dinner?
TB: Oh that’s a tough one! I think I would go with Maya Angelou, Marc Chagall and Frida Kahlo. What would I serve? A huge spread to cover all my bases! ; ) Something hearty like gumbo, probably some fish and lots of veggies for anyone that wanted lighter fare. And then desserts. LOTS of desserts with coffee/tea!