Simonian and Sagal

Taron Simonian & Samvel Galstyan (Sagal)

at THE GALLERY (THE CLUB) | April 15 – April 29, 2014

Dubai (April 7, 2014) – Baginskaya Gallery and Studio and The Gallery are presenting Taron Simonian and Samvel Galstyan at the two-man show Colours of Life. The show of two Armenian artists traces two different visions of life of the artists who came from the same background. The opening preview is on 15 April at 7 pm at the Gallery (The Club, Al Mina, Abu Dhabi). The exhibition will run until 29 April 2014.

Simonian has a unique interpretation of the world, inspired by travels near and far, often spending extended periods immersed with locals, learning their customs, traditions and culture. In this exhibition, he will showcase works inspired by his stay in Indonesia and Tanzania. Simonian’s paintings are very dynamic; he always chooses to capture the movement, be it a dance, a fight of roosters or a landscape. All the objects in his works including the moon, trees, sand, and sea are alive. The effect of movement is achieved by his use of vibrant colours and his confident and well defined brushstrokes, which can at first be seen as random, but having a second look, the viewer will notice that the composition of each artwork is purposeful and has no random lines or objects. A lot of Simonian’s works seem abstract, however, a keen observer will notice the shapes of figures, trees, and other everyday objects. The titles serve as guidelines to decipher the works.

Galstyan’s paintings and drawings show his eternal love for Armenia. He uses the landscape of his motherland as a constant source of inspiration. With lots of affection Sagal paints and draws Armenian rural life, its people and dwellings. Another theme that Sagal always comes back to is women. His women are full of sensuality, innocence, power and musicality. No matter what Sagal chooses to depict, there is a great artistic talent behind his works, his own way of rendering emotions, his own perception of reality and his own philosophy.

About the Artists:

Taron Simonian was born in Armenia 1979. He spent his childhood, school and university years in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Having graduated from the School of Arts and Academy of Arts, Simonian continued his education in Germany in the Art School of Design. Together with traditional exhibitions Taron is actively involved in creating his artworks at public together with local artists. Throughout his artistic career Taron made a number of performances with local artists in Tanzania, Nepal, and Bali. He spoke about his art at the University of Kyoto (Japan), Russian Museum in Yerevan (Armenia). He was featured in a number of leading Armenian TV channels, a lot of articles about his art were published both in Armenia and abroad.

Samvel Galstyan (Sagal) was born in 1959 in Goris, Armenia. In 1981 he graduated from the faculty of painting and drawing of the Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute named after Kh. Abovyan. Sagal participated in a number of individual and group exhibitions in Armenia and Russia. His works are permanently exhibited at the Museum of genocide in Yerevan and form part of private collections in Armenia, Russia and the UAE. Sagal has been featured in a number of Armenian publications.

About Baginskaya Gallery and Studio:

Baginskaya Gallery and Studio is Dubai’s newest art venue, located in Jumeirah Lakes Towers. It combines two complementing services: a fine arts gallery and a photographic studio. The Gallery offers the general public a dynamic roster of engaging exhibitions of both emerging and established artists. Art lovers and collectors have a chance to see art from all over the world. The exhibitions are often enriched by talks and workshops.

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