HENRIK VARDENIKTSY, MARK STRICKLAND
LA Artcore is pleased to present the work of painters Henrik Vardeniktsy and Mark Strickland.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view seventeen new paintings by Los Angeles artist, Henrik Vardeniktsy. This exhibition at LA Artcore’s Brewery Annex space is a must-see for anyone interested in art, and especially those with a passion for European Modernism. Born in the Martuny Region of Armenia, Vardeniktsy’s paintings clearly resonate his Modernist lineage with Surrealist compositions and vivid tangents recalling not only the works of Joan Miro and Wassilly Kandinsky, but, which, uncannily echo Los Angeles’ industrial landscape.
As fellow artist Arevshat Avagian wrote: In all of his work he attempts to reproduce the emotions of our inner world, our psyche. Each picture is the continuation of the previous one, the organic beginning of something new. Thus, picture after picture these images and phantoms collect and become integral to Henrik Vardeniktsy's creative work.
Vardeniktsy graduated from the painting department of Yerevan P. Terlemezian College and after serving in the Soviet Army, pursued and completed an advanced degree in painting from Yerevan Art and Theatre Institute. Currently, he divides his time between studios in Yerevan Armenia, and Los Angeles, CA, and continues to exhibit his work internationally.
Mark Strickland has studied both art and psychology, and has been a professor of art at Art Center College of Art and Design, Pasadena, California for over twenty years, teaching and mentoring students, as well as, conducting workshops and seminars in France. Conceptually, his primary focus has been on questions regarding the struggle of existence.
Strickland’s large scale figurative paintings examine the complexities and riddles of the human condition. His paintings are saturated with bold color; while gestural brushstrokes, heavy with paint allow us to see the energetic imprint of the artist. Strickland’s figures contort with emotions, and are connected to each other by a shared rhythm and history. Sometimes his characters are found floating through space, while others are examined in cinematic close-ups, revealing people who are conflicted by their own imperfections as well as those of others. Strickland delves into the dualities inherent in human nature, and while suffering and degradation are noted, Strickland views his subjects with compassion, emphasizing the capacity for hope and empathy in the human spirit.
Strickland has shown his work throughout the United States and internationally. Currently he has studios both in Los Angeles and in the south of France.
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