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Madeleine Avirov

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100 Roots, Angeles Forest, 2006–07 Oil on Canvas 60 X 44 Inches © 2009 madeleine avirov
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100 Roots, Angeles Forest (detail), 2006–07 Oil on Canvas 60 X 44 Inches © 2009 madeleine avirov
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100 Roots, Angeles Forest (detail), 2006–07 Oil on Canvas 60 X 44 Inches © 2009 madeleine avirov
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Old Jew with Bird, 2009 Oil on Canvas 48 X 24 Inches © 2009 madeleine avirov
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Old Jew with Bird (detail), 2009 Oil on Canvas 48 X 24 Inches © 2009 madeleine avirov
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Like Water on Rock, 2008 Oil on Canvas 34 X 22 Inches © 2009 madeleine avirov
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Like Water on Rock (detail), 2008 Oil on Canvas 34 X 22 Inches © 2009 madeleine avirov
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Late Summer, Midwest, 2005 Oil on Canvas 24 X 28 Inches © 2009 madeleine avirov
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Father, 2003 Oil on Canvas 43 X 38 Inches © 2009 madeleine avirov
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Ma, 2004 Oil on Canvas 38 X 36 Inches © 2009 madeleine avirov
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The Pale of Settlement, 2007 Oil on Canvas 12 Inches Square © 2009 madeleine avirov
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Creek Bed, 2008 Oil on Canvas 12 Inches Square © 2009 madeleine avirov
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Halabja, 1988 (after Majid Karimian), 2002 Oil on Canvas 30 X 40 Inches © 2009 madeleine avirov
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Deep Forest Creek, 2008 Oil on Canvas 12 Inches Square © 2009 madeleine avirov
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Live Oaks, Eagle Rock, 2007 Watercolor on Paper 16 X 12 Inches © 2009 madeleine avirov
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Quick Facts
Lives in
Los Angeles
Representing galleries
Mary Pomerantz Fine Art
Tags
arts-education, landscape, abstract, figurative
Statement

In the fall of 2005 I left the Midwest for Los Angeles. Since then, with the help of my son, a “digital native,” I’ve been slowly making my way into cyberspace—finding out what it means to put my work here.  ArtSlant is my latest foray.
 I am a contemporary painter who uses rigorous Old-Master techniques. Since childhood, I have been driven by an unyielding faith in the mysterious forces that allow me to enter my subjects. To be present, in other words, to other modes of being. As such, I am not simply a painter in the “realist” school. I do not only show “things,” but the intangible inner form expressed in the subject’s tangible physical structure.
I have been selling my work since my teens—most recently, and notably, an oil landscape to the University of Southern California’s Fisher Museum of Art, as well as a frankly political work to a prominent Chicago activist. I’ve published illustrations in national and local periodicals, and completed a series of illustrations commissioned by the Field Museum in Chicago. In 2008 I was awarded a grant from the John Anson Kittredge Fund in Cambridge, Mass. Also in 2008, I attended a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. In 2004, I received a gold medal from Parenting Publications of America for my July 2003 cover illustration for Chicago Parent.  My commissioned portraits, landscapes, and works on paper are held in numerous private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

If you like what you see here , I invite you to visit my website, www.madeleineavirov.com, for more.  Many thanks for having a look.