It is quite a world Jack Avetisyan conjures, a world born of incongruity and yet seeming whole and logical to the eye. On the one hand, Avetisyan the bemused observer of human foible, satirizes the ambition and vanity of our species with the deft, animated line of a social satirist, mocking our self-deluding attitudes with a caricaturist’s flair. On the other hand, Avetisyan the diehard modernist sets his stylized figures, and the welter of lines that describes them, within roiling fields of abstraction, turning his wit into wild displays of formal virtuosity. An Avetisyan painting or drawing is two things at once, an arch cartoon and a vigorous abstract composition; we close one eye to see one thing, the other eye to see the other, but we can’t really pull the two supposedly disparate pictorial languages, much less pictorial messages, apart. Both languages, and messages, are integral to Avetisyan’s vision: he’s the one who closes one eye and then the other.
By American Art Critic Peter Frank
Otis College of Art and Design - Bachelor of Fine Arts
2019, The Other Art Fair Presented. By Saatchi Art, Juried Art
2018, Beverly Hills Art Festival, Spring Show, Beverly Hills, CA
2018, Private Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA
2018, Beverly Hills Art Festival, Fall Show, Beverly Hills, CA
2019, “Power of Three" Pop-Up Show, Castelli Art Space, Culver City, CA
2019, “In Conclusion” Juried Show, Atrium Gallery, Ventura County Arts Council, Ventura, CA.
Awarded 2nd place prize.
2019, “Glisten” Group Show, Gloria Delson Contemporary Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2019, “Immigration Celebration Part 2” Group show, Curated by Dale Youngman, Laurent Proneur Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2018, PCH Pop-Up “Abstract Impact” Group Show, Malibu CA
2018, “Made In California” Juried Show, Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA
2018, “Turmoil” Solo Show, Armenian Arts Gallery, Glendale, CA
1999, Youth Group Show, Tekeyan Cultural Association, Pasadena, CA