Anoush Bargamian

Anoush Bargamian

Chicago, IL, United States

About Anoush Bargamian

Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, I am an artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. I attended Massachusetts College of Art/BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago/MFA and the University of Illinois Chicago/BFA. Selected exhibitions: Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Well-Behaved Women: Celebrating 100 years of Women's Suffrage, Michigan City, IN; Guest Juror & Featured Artist/The Art Center Highland Park, Love & Collaboration, Highland Park, IL; Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art Exhibition 2020 Vision, Bridgeport, IL; Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, 30th Annual International Small Print Exhibition, Chicago, IL; Mana Contemporary, THE OTHER ART FAIR, Chicago, IL; Gallery Z, Abstract, Conceptual, & Multimedia Art, Providence, RI; Old Courthouse Arts Center, Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art Exhibition, #NakedTruth, Woodstock, IL; Women Made Gallery, Midwest Open, Chicago, IL; Elmhurst Art Museum, Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art Exhibition, Transmogrification, Elmhurst, IL; Koehnline Museum of Art, Women and Anger: Resistance, Power, and Inspiration, Des Plaines, IL; Providence Art Club, Making Your Mark, Providence, RI; The Art Center-Highland Park, Beneath The Surface, Highland Park, IL; Koehnline Museum of Art, Beyond Rosie The Riveter, Des Plaines, IL; MoMa PS1, Printed Matter Book Fair, Long Island City, NY; Studio/Gallery Z, Providence, RI; Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY; Windsor Whip Works Art Gallery, Windsor, NY; and Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.

The creation of abstract paintings is an intuitive and physical process for me. The surfaces of my paintings are thin in some areas and built up others. Using palette knives, I apply paint liberally so my work has a 3-dimensional quality. Using tools other than traditional brushes, paint is applied and removed from the substrate. The additive and subtractive process I use, create a layered and highly textured surface. I purposefully juxtapose thick and thin applications of paint, so the elements in the work have a push pull dialogue with one another. For my smaller works, I journal to get my thoughts down. Many of the pieces are a combination of representational organic shapes, while others are cryptic. The scale of my work influences my process, which ranges from completely intuitive to partially planned.

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Education

1993 BFA/University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1990 MFA/The School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
Chicago, Illinois

1987 BFA/Massachusetts College of Art, Boston,
Massachusetts

Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

2020 Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Well-Behaved
Women: Celebrating 100 Years of Women's
Suffrage, Michigan City, IN

2020 Gallery Z, Armenian Artists from Around the World
Exhibit, Providence, RI

2020 Gallery Z, Armenian Genocide Exhibit, Providence,
RI

2020 The Art Center Highland Park, Collaboration,
Highland Park, IL

2020 Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago Women’s Caucus
for Art Exhibition, 2020 Vision, Bridgeport, IL

2019 Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, 30th Annual
International Small Print Exhibition, Chicago, IL

2019 Woman Made Gallery, Small Works Member’s
Show, Chicago, IL

2019 Mana Contemporary, THE OTHER ART FAIR,
Chicago, IL

2019 Gallery Z, Abstract, Conceptual, & Multimedia Art,
Providence, RI

2019 Women Made Gallery, Midwest Open, Chicago, IL

2018 Woman Made Gallery, Small Works Member’s
Show, Chicago, IL

2018 Gallery Z, Affordable Art Exhibit, Providence, RI

2018 Old Courthouse Arts Center, Chicago Women’s
Caucus for Art Exhibition, #NakedTruth,
Woodstock, IL

2018 Women Made Gallery, Midwest Open, Chicago, IL

2017 Elmhurst Art Museum, Chicago Women’s Caucus
for Art Exhibition, Transmogrification, Elmhurst, IL

2017 Koehnline Museum of Art, Women and Anger:
Resistance, Power, and Inspiration, Des Plaines,
IL

2017 Providence Art Club, Making Your Mark,
Providence, RI

Exhibition Juror: Kathryn Wat/Chief
Curator/National Museum of Women in the Arts,
Washington, DC

2017 The Art Center-Highland Park, Beneath The
Surface, Highland Park, IL

2017 Gallery Z, Political & Historical Artworks,
Providence, RI

2016 Koehnline Museum of Art/“Beyond Rosie the
Riveter: Women & Work”, Des Plaines, IL

2016 MoMA PS1/Printed Matter Book Fair, Long Island
City, NY

2016 Gallery Z/Four Person Group Show, Providence,
RI

2015 Studio Z/Centennial Armenian Genocide Exhibit,
Providence, RI

2015 Inspiration Corporation, Chicago, IL

2014 Studio Z/Spring Show, Providence, RI

2013 Gallery Z/Small Works Show, Providence, RI

2013 Gallery Z/The Square Show, Providence, RI

2013 Gallery Z/Estate Show, Providence, RI

2013 Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY

2012 Windsor Whip Works Art Center & Gallery,
Windsor, NY

2012 Gallery Z, Providence, RI

2011 Gallery Z, Providence, RI

2011 Gallery Z, Providence, RI

2010 Gallery Z, Providence, RI

2009 Gallery Z, Providence, RI

2008 Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL


Private Collections
Armenia, California, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont