Approved: 23.01.2007

Staphan Sarkissian

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Approved: 23.01.2007

I am fascinated by how the real and abstract interact, for instance the way in which something familiar and tangible can be affected by the subliminal or unknown. This reflects my belief that there is a fictional, narrative like current, that runs parallel to our everyday lives that influences our experience of the world but remain essentially invisible and unknown to those around us. My work is an

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

I am fascinated by how the real and abstract interact, for instance the way in which something familiar and tangible can be affected by the subliminal or unknown. This reflects my belief that there is a fictional, narrative like current, that runs parallel to our everyday lives that influences our experience of the world but remain essentially invisible and unknown to those around us. My work is an attempt to expose this dynamic interplay that shapes our experience of the world. I am a very physical painter. I love acrylic paint and not only because it's cheap and dries quickly. There is something about the plasticity that suits my work well. I use squeegees, boards, my hands and whatever is nearby. For me, painting is essentially something that is constructive, like creating a sculpture or a building. The success lies in the right degree of tension between the real, painted in a controlled and somewhat mannered way, and the abstract, which is a great deal more physical. When I strike the right balance the real makes the paintings accessible and engaging for the viewer, while the abstract challenges them, providing the drama and interest.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1986 - Painting/ drawing degree, St Martins School of Art, London Solo exhibitions 2011 - Faces Of Rajasthan, The Tabernacle, Notting Hill 2003 - Landscapes/Skiscapes, Stables Gallery, Gladstone Park, London 2000 - Distorted Figures, series two, Milburga Gallery, Much Wenlock, Shropshire 1999 - Distorted Figures, German Embassy, Knightsbridge, London Group exhibitions 2012 - Mixed show, R.A Summer Exhibition, Piccadilly London 2002 - Sefton Open, The Atkinson Art Gallery, Lord ST,Southport Residencies 1988 - Senigallia figurative Award, Senigallia, Italy Private commissions 2006 - House in Gemoz, Gemoz, Bordeaux, France 2005 - View From Huntingdon Bridge, private collection, New york 2004 - Memories of Nepal, private collection, Wimbledon 2003 - Brekenridge, Colarado, private collection, Kensal Green, London 2002 - Landscapes Of our Dreams, private collection, Wimbledon, London 2002 - Lovers, private collection, Gloucester Public commissions 1999 - A Parisian scene, Cafe Renoir, Kentish Town, London Educational experience - early years 1998 - Painting Classes (KS1), Primrose Hill Primary, Primrose Hill Primary School 1994 - Life Drawing Classes, Acme Studios, Hackney Wick, London 1994 - Mixed Media, Acme Studios, Hackney Wick, London 1990 - Life Drawing and Mixed Medias, Blake College, New Cavendish St, London 1990 - Life Drawing Classes, Adult Education, Inner London