JoAnne Artman Gallery

Equilibirum: Rimi Yang and Martiros Adalian
Until June 30, 2009

International artist Rimi Yang portrays the Yin and Yang of life and its uncertainties. Her emotional work explores the human psyche and its relation in connecting to polar opposites. Yang’s paintings are both dramatic yet whimsical showing both Eastern and Western influences. Stylistically, she illustrates an attraction as well as repulsion to abstract expression. Her use of thick painted surfaces applied with gestural brushstroke point to the characteristics of abstraction; the attraction. These stylistic elements are reminiscent of artists such as Diego Velasquez and Edouard Manet. Yang’s portraiture is similar to that of Velasquez as both contain heavy use of paint and texture. The same painterly quality is also seen between Manet and Yang.Travel Tea Sets

Armenian artist Martiros Adalian‘s work embodies the mystical and majestic. His regal female figures are angelic, Heavenly type beings. Although they are beautiful, the women exude power by confronting the viewer with a straight forward gaze as though their innocence has been corrupted by something much darker. For example, in Adalian’s Royal Couple, a monstrous male figure shown as a king overpowers the stunning, unblemished queen as she helplessly hunches into him all while looking at the viewer as if now she has been overtaken by the dark side. His expressive subject matter combined with canvases of colossal proportions engage audiences into searching for meaning behind such weighted exploration of human emotion and the fluidity of movement.

Martiros Adalian works in a variety of media; graphic art, collage, assemblage art, figurative abstraction, etc. Adalian not only produces human figures but flowers, trees, and animals, all the while, integrating them into each other: flowers become humans; humans become trees; animals transform from living to dead. This metamorphosis of movement is the true curiosity of Martiros Adalian, always seeking out the rhythm of life.

  • JoAnne Artman gallery is located at 326 N. Coast Highway in Laguna Beach
  • Telephone: (949) 510-5481
  • Website: http://www.joanneartmangallery.com
  • Gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and by appt.
  • Visit first Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. of any month to coincide with the Laguna Beach Art Walk. Street parking is available directly in front of the Gallery as well as the Downtown Parking structure located at Glenneyre Street.

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