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November 1, 2012

ARMEN ELOYAN-NOT A CHILD’S IDEA OF A CARTOON!

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I always wondered what lead adult artists to paint childlike paintings and I got my answer when I stumbled upon the work of Armen Eloyan.
 His work is at once, disturbing and dark
then comical and colorful.  I always find exploring the pathos that leads to different views in art wonderful!
The world depicted by Armen Eloyan (born in 1966 in Armenia, lives and works in Zurich) in his strikingly gestural and expressive paintings can be anything from brutal to
messy and dark, yet paradoxically they are almost invariably also loaded with an undercurrent of humor.
Armen Eloyan’s paintings engage him entirely emotionally, mentally, and physically. Each of Eloyan’s works is a celebration, or more precisely a ritual, that he insists on executing in
the privacy of his studio, depicting images that usually stem from his collective and personal experiences in life. These can be anything from the fairy tales and comic strips he has heard
and seen during his childhood, to Hollywood films and images of celebrities that marked his youth. In this way Eloyan not only faces the challenge to fuse his innate need to paint with a
world of story telling, he also adds to them his own verve and vigor that consistently verge on parody, absurdity, and vanity.
  In Armen Eloyan’s impasto paintings, a wonderful pathos, brutality, sensuality, and a sense for the grotesque all coexist in some post-disaster condition. Eloyan creates a mood,
and this mood,
this state of mind echoes throughout the works he creates.
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