Lois Lambert Gallery: Martiros Adalian’s “Caution”

Lois Lambert Gallery is pleased to present Martiros Adalian’s “Caution.” An opening reception will be held Saturday, November 15 from 6-9 PM. The works will be on view through January 4, 2015.

Adalian creates large-scale mixed media paintings, using acrylic, oil, and spray paint, caution tape, and lace. His use of various elements create a multi-dimensional and multi-textual effect that adds a sense of motion and energy to his pieces.

Martiros paints figurative portraits in the manner of artists like Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, and puts them into a new context by incorporating contemporary elements like spray painted graffiti and yellow caution tape. This unique combination of aesthetics, classical portraiture along with street art influence, is intended to fuse together the old and the new by connecting two distinct styles of art. The juxtaposition in his pieces, traditional subject matter along with contemporary elements, seeks to question authority by giving historical figures of power new context.

Adalian’s process begins by what he refers to as “digging,” the collection of digital and print images that inspire him. Then he delves right into the artistic process and begins to paint.

Martiros’ career as the head designer of a fabric company influences his work. Many of his paintings feature clothing or have a rich amount of texture, which showcase his knowledge of patterns and material.

Martiros Adalian graduated from Terlemezian Art College of Yerevan, Armenia, and moved to the U.S. in 1990. Adalian has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S., Europe, and Russia.

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