Tess Bilhartz: Interview

Tess Bilhartz, Deputy, 2015, acrylic and oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches (courtesy
Tess Bilhartz, Deputy, 2015, acrylic and oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches (courtesy of Arts + Leisure)

Sheryl Oppenheim interviews painter Tess Bilhartz whose exhibition Purple Nights was recently on view at Arts + Leisure, New York.

Bilhartz remarks: Narrative is something that I’ve always been interested in. I read a lot of fiction and movies and dramas, but I never really found a way to make it a part of my work. One of the things that I really fell in love with about that project [collborative film project with Holly Veselka] was that it suddenly freed me up to bring in everything that I had ever been interested in and it throw it at one project. And I think this work [Purple Nights] really comes out of that. That collaborative project helped me to see a way forward as a painter."