'Definition of War'

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My artistic statement about contemporary art is defined on my own terms. Making art is a very natural aspect of my life and when I make art, I’m always open to new experiments and new ideas and willing to take risks. For me, fine art should have goals beyond just pure creativity and self-expression. I suggest that art should involve hard work, research, critical thinking, and ideas while I also acknowledge and welcome counter arguments. But a question arises in my mind; is making avant-garde art easy nowadays? When I look at the great art works of the past, I feel like everything has been done and I believe that rejecting the art of the past won’t take me any where. So, I use a lot of images from art history in my paintings to make the contemporary art of today. If post-modernism is a sense of art’s reconciliation of itself and its past, I’m a post-modernist collecting idea here and there from all periods and schools. Pressure of the art of the past is my strongest reason to appropriate masters’ work in my own art work like many contemporary artists do. American art historian Michael Kimmelman suggests the same, even though no art that has been done in the past is considered perfect according to him (during his lecture at the Contemporary Art Museum in 2005). The indirect influence of great American painters Joseph Albers and Hans Hofmann can be noticed in vibrant color combinations and well defined forms in my paintings. In my oil painting Browned Eye Monkey, viewer can clearly notice another American painter William Bailey’s influence in simplified geometrical forms. In my large oil paintings on giglee prints on canvas such as Homage to Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper #VI-B, I attempted to scrutinize the practice of appropriating the art of the past in Contemporary art. It took one year of research and a month of work to finish that painting after I visited Milan, Italy and Paris, France to look at the Last Supper and Mona Lisa paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci. While some of my paintings look perfectly structured and painted in a finished manner, some other paintings of mine may look unfinished because of the priority given to the overall composition and to the message I would like to deliver rather than completion and anatomical perfection like in my painting Self Portrait with Leo and La Gayoconda. Despite the fact that I spent many years on anatomy studies in art schools and I’m able to paint anatomically well-done and finished paintings, I sometimes choose not to do so. I’m thinking, well, this could possibly be the direction I’m heading now and could develop my art on how I could paint what I want to see in my surroundings more. During the last 14 months, I have been using a very contemporary technique; giglee print in my oil paintings on canvas. In the very near future, I would like to increase the usage of giglee prints in my work, experiment more with it along with traditional oil paint and canvas, and see where this approach would take me. Giglee prints I use in my work connect me to my contemporary age while traditional oil paint and canvas connect me to the past. I also combine figurative and abstract imagery in my paintings where I choose to use maps and floor plans as abstract images. Maps and plans are the results of human imagination and they are part of the universal language, which contemporary artists choose to use.

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