1616 Huber St NW
GA 30318 Atlanta
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Mehron Zadeh (Director)
Rodney Kazemi (Art Advisor)
Henrik Abedian Y Not?
J.P. Goncalves Magritte
Craig Alan And Other Drugs
About the Artist
"To like or love art is an emotional conversation. As important as your art is to you, more important is who you are engaging with through it." Born into a multigenerational family of photographers, Abedian integrates several styles of image design. He apprenticed to his father and subsequently earned a master's degree in photography from the prestigious Hamburg Academy of Photography. Abedian absorbed a myriad of influences and refined his attention to form, light, and especially color. His images reflect a focus on the intersection of technology and media in modern life.
Abedian's work is further enhanced by his world travels. He is fluent in several languages and continually immerses himself in a variety of cultures. Originally from Armenia, he has also resided in Iran, Germany, and now Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. His influences for art, photography, and digital media derive from his multicultural background, his travels, and persistent desire to study and produce contemporary art.
Abedian’s work has been featured in art fairs and gallery shows. His work is a part of private and corporate collections.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1979, in 2000 Goncalves moved to the states and currently lives in South Florida. He attended school for architecture at Universidade Santa Ursula in Brazil and later took courses in Industrial Design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He now works at his studio in Deerfield Beach, and his work is collected across the US and internationally, including Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium. He exhibits across South Florida and in 2016 he won First Place in the 2-Dimensional category public vote at ArtPrize8, an international art competition in Michigan.
In his interpretations of the works of artists like DiVinci, Micheal Angelo and Bourguereau, the artist exposes that a clear expression of beauty, non-conceptual and free from abstraction is as important as the search for beauty in impressionism, abstraction and conceptual art. Beauty can both be clear or it can be hidden. Denying the pure expression of beauty that needs no explanation or examination is a sad injustice to humanity, in the same way that would be unfair to limit the artist’s freedom to search and conquer beauty in chaos or in conceptual ways. Goncalves investigates the possibilities of beauty from the minimalistic arrangement of seemingly identical wood pieces to a complex well-planned and elaborate arrangement of precisely trimmed wood, reflecting light with perfection to achieve an image that resonates with our soul with undeniable and unanimous standards of beauty.
Craig Alan was born in 1971 in San Bernardino, California. Though always drawn to art, Alan's creativity did not fully develop until his family transferred to New Orleans while he was a child. The vivacious culture nurtured Alan's capacity for detailed visual interpretation. Inspired by the city's enthusiasm for creative expression, he began exploring his own innovative impulses.
Alan's earliest experimentation took the form of street portraiture, an endeavor that helped him perfect his flair for replicating the human figure and afforded the budding artist a sense of economic security. He saved his portrait earnings to pay for school and art supplies. Though he always planned to pursue a formal art education, Alan continued to develop technically and conceptually through his own diligent studies.
During his sophomore year at the University of Mobile, Alabama, Alan undertook vigorous training in art. His enthusiasm for his studies immediately propelled him into the scholastic limelight. With a focus on studio arts, Alan earned an area award for academic excellence. The University's most prestigious exhibition, "Art with a Southern Drawl," featured 42 of Alan's pieces, chosen from a field of more than 1,600 submissions.
A minor concentration in theater further diversified Alan's craft, imbuing him with additional techniques in makeup and set design. This blending of disparate influences and media is visually apparent in all of Alan's works, which demonstrate a broad knowledge and appreciation of the human form as well as the colorful world these beings occupy. Combining his skills into elaborate textures, hues and compositions, Alan's artwork reveals a technical sophistication as well as an elaborate imagination.
Alan's collections run the gamut from abstract expressionism to haunting, graphic realism, each one a reflection of its creator's unique vision. His prolific career is a culmination of textbook artistic knowledge and keen aesthetic sense, one developed not through intensive schooling but deep within recesses of this artist's brilliant mind.
Craig Alan continues to exhibit his artwork across the United States, where he has established himself as a singular voice in the visual arts industry.