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Stephanie's Art Gallery Oil Painting Exhibit

The Paintings of Vigen Sogomonyan -- "Somewhere Between Beautiful & Innocent" on display Oct. 21 -- Nov. 18

October 20, 2006

Vigen Sogomonyan's rich style is fascinating and captivating in its simplicity. His world is a dimension where dreams can transform into reality, a world created by delicate mixture of bright colors and deep shadows as well as smooth sensuous curves and surfaces which are lush and inviting.

His imaginary characters are presented in exotic and colorful costumes while captured during mysterious and intriguing interactions, sometimes with unusual but symbolic objects.

The artist uses intense and vivid colors to exude the perpetual turmoil which exists inside the human core. This turmoil is expressed through dramatic color combinations, facial and hand gestures, and through the texture and surface of his paintings.

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The gestures of his characters as well as surrounding atmosphere exhibit both humor and tragedy within human beings and their relationships.

Sogomonyan's discovery of mankind's need for acceptance leads him to portray the rehearsed exterior. His portrayal of this deliberate concealment of true being creates an inherent deceptive quality, which can be seen in artist's paintings.

Within each character, there exists a shroud of mystery, which is immediately evidenced by the subject's theatrical garb.

Born into an artistic family, Sogomonyan was greatly influenced by art and decided to dedicate his life to art at an early age. His education and training gave him a solid background, while his love and fascination of world of mystery gave him the inspiration for his paintings.

Visit Stephanie's Gallery at 466 Foothill Blvd. in La CaƱada. For more information, call 790-4905 or e-mail slds@att.net.

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