Square Art Exhibition

Show is open for public visit now.

Duration:   August 13th - September 9th 2018


Location:                     Art Square Gallery & Cafe 

                                     334 Dundas St. W.

                                     Toronto , ON M5T 1G5

                                     (Across from AGO)


Opening Night :   Thursday  Aug.16th 6:30-9 PM


Meet the Artist :  Saturday Sept.  8th 6:30-9 PM


Free Admission 

Abstract Expressionism Drip Art

Maria Paknezhad Artist Statement

August 10, 2018


I had to it. I needed to get it out of my system. I’m talking about having my Jackson Pollock experience. The abstract expressionism dripping technique that once shocked the art world. I must admit that it takes courage to choose this technique. But the moment you care less of how it would be perceived, the process feels more liberating. The visual impact of this technique is greater if it‘s done on a larger scale. The viewer becomes interested not only in the painting itself but also in how the painting is created. I copied Pollock in technique but the motion drive was my inner psyche. I applied the background with the canvas upright, then put the canvas on the floor to prevent the paint dribble down due to gravity. I thinned the paint mostly with water and sometime string gel. And while dancing to music splashed, smeared, drizzled and dripped paint on the canvas. Abstract art generally lacks visible structure and expressionism intends to express mood and emotion. My intention was having absolute no intention to make sense of it. Willingness not to define lines and patches. The whole process was lengthy due to drying time and revisiting the work until it seemed satisfactory. I am sure I will be attempting this technique on an extra large scale for utmost impact in the future. 

OWLS

Maria Paknezhad Artist statement

August 28, 2017


Lately, I have been fixated on the mystery of owls for their captivating eyes, reclusive nature and majestic presence. The fact that they are nightly creatures with shining eyes prompted me to portray them in an environment of extreme contrast. 

These owl painting series are an example of my experience with limited palette of yellow, black and white. Limited palette painting challenge is fun and efficient. One can achieve color harmony without producing mud. The challenge is to achieve desired tonal value, tint and shades using various warm and cold hues of one or two colors; in this case blacks and yellows. Yellow grays to olive green, so in order to achieve different shades of green, I mixed different yellows with different blacks.

My owl paintings intend to express a silent hypnotic emotion of mystery and serenity to the viewer. The same emotions that I experience by looking at their hypnotic eyes even when they blink or are closed!


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