Paintings/Digital art | Humor with a touch of surrealism
April 09, 2018
'Salty Moist Colors'
Acrylic paint, water, and salt are used to create the salty moist colors of this painting...hence the title!
The well-trodden argument that art has lost its ability to communicate is easily dispensed with when it comes to the experimental works of Aram Papazian
|Artist's name||Aram Papazian|
Graphic designer; Painter; Visual artist; Percussionist; Drummer
|City/Country||Lives in Beirut, Lebanon. Studied in Florence, Italy|
|About the artist||
Young music fans in Lebanon are familiar with this intuitive guy who goes on stage in a beret and rolled-up sleeves, playing the drums and percussion to the upbeat tunes of Armenian folk, jazz, and tzigane music. So, it was quite a revelation, when in the summer of 2017, the “Garabala drummer” (as he is known since 2011) held an exhibition in his hometown Beirut, to mark the beginning of his career as a painter.
What struck me first was the aloof charm of his on-screen “Monsters”—3D sculptures, that cast an ironic look from the far end of the Vasbouragan Hall. The clever interplay of color and form in his abstract paintings hanging on black walls was so lyrical that one would assume he was a violinist at heart. Then there were his comically named titles that often tilted towards whimsical combinations of words or amusing puns.
All this for “Departure." Aram was on his way to Florence to study for his master’s degree. Dabbling with abstract expressionism, surrealism, and conceptual art, he had acquired enough scope to expand and develop his artistic skills.
It’s always refreshing to see an artist in the making; to come across one, who can also entertain and strike a poetic cord makes the experience all the more rewarding. Venturing beyond the ubiquitous “Untitled,” which makes one think artists have no idea what they mean, Aram is in tune with the philosophical quest of contemporary art. Titles like "Redmir," "Squarectan," "Yegreresaurus," "Aged Piece of a Thing," "Candle Trouble," "Dusty News," and "Salty Malty" create an atmosphere of suspense worth enjoying.
Find out yourself! Click on Aram’s submissions to h-pem below and meet his witty characters before immersing yourself in his abstract paintings.
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- Orange, blue, green, and black The title of this acrylic painting highlights the visual fusion of the colors and their motion.
- The battle of abstractus This mixed media abstract painting resembles a battle between colors. Upon closer look, one can almost detect the charge of a mounted knight in the center.
- Volcano 180 A gouache painting bursting with lava's color changes, Volcano 180 looks like an upside-down mountain, hence the title.
- Colors of a parrot The colors of a tropical parrot bring a joyful mood to this painting.
- Redmir The title of this 3D digital sculpture is derived from the combination of the word red and its Armenian equivalent: karmir.
- The Muscly Muscles are the inspiration behind this 3D digital sculpture.
- The Fiery A "fiery" 3D digital sculpture flickers like the yellow-orange flames of a fire.
- Rainborus The "rainbow" and "phosphorus" meet in this 3D digital sculpture to create a character design.
- Resting? Fancy having some mind-blowing aubergines! This digital collage has been displayed at a collaborative art exhibition in Berlin.
- Black Stripes Covering the black canvas with a tape, spraying paint for a textured effect, then removing the tape is the trick behind the black stripes.
- Salty Malty Spray paint, water, and salt make this painting "salty malty."
- Salty Moist Colors Acrylic paint, water, and salt are used to create the salty moist colors of this painting... hence the title.
- Rippled Colors Layers of spray paint and overlapping colors are used to achieve the desired effect of rippled texture.
- Life of a Salmon This textured painting is done with spray paint. It is called Life of a Salmon because it evokes the red-orange color of salmon and is wavy like the ocean.
- Red to Blue Transforming through spray paint: Different layered patches of red and blue take the viewer from red to blue.
- Splash of Painted Expressions Acrylic, spray, and gouache paints give a glow to this work of expression through colors.
- Barrington Levy This poster design was presented at the International Reggae Poster Contest. It shows the reggae singer Barrington Levy gesticulating against the backdrop of some appropriate colors.
Aram Papazian at the Garabala Album Release Concert in Beirut
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