An Artist Statement for Shant Beudjekian
I believe the practice of Art is a profession for me; my influences and inspirations are dependent on artists such as Willem de Kooning, Chuck Close, Lucian Freud, the chaotic linear brush strokes of jackson Pollock, and the unexpected and bold visual definitions of Pablo Picasso. I believe the creating of art is a form of expression that involves the process of fulfilling the joy of Life while releasing a vision to the rest of the world. Art I believe also is an element that must be continuously debated upon conceptually and technically in depth until one may create a medium of his own. I believe the subject of Contemporary Art is an analogy to the subject of truth and daring.To my understanding Art involves the process of deconstructing and reselecting visual images almost as if seeking to attain a mind set to translate the enigmatic world.
My interest in art as a love and passion in its earlier stages was inspired by the traditional works of Italian artists of the Renaissance. The two integral qualities that were investigated at Otis College of Art and Design were of form and space, as they became repetitively dealt with while apprenticing for artists. Nevertheless, I ,also, fulfilled an internship for one year at Rhode Island School of Design on the subject of Landscape Architecture. Morever, I have been painting seriously for the past twenty years while recieving several appreciative acceptances from curators and Gallery Directors in the East Coast. I have exhibited in several cities on the east coast of United States, along with ongoing exhibitions in the Chelsea District of Manhattan ,New York. I have participated in Juried competitions under Jurors as Lisa Dennison as Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Susan Masuoka, Director of Aidekman Arts Center Tufts University, Dana Miller Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum, Dr. Andrea Spaulding Norris, at the Lousiana State University , Anne Rocheleau, Director of the Rhode Island Foundation Gallery, and David Kiehl Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New york. My work as it has matured through time; I began to realize the profound importance of selectively accepting all visual expressions in society. Thus it is only now in my most recent years that I have been able to perceive a direction and a focus on this journey of realization. I believe art is an ongoing thing, a process that will emerge with the influences of many artisans, which has enabled me to pursue my goals and helped me decide what my ultimate profession is in art.
Now living in the West Coast I have been successful for selling art and exhibiting in numerous occasions at the SDAI San Diego Art Institute of the Living Artist, Del Mar Art Center, Unitarian Church of Hillcrest, San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care and stores and shops in San Diego. Hence, I have attained honorable mentions and awards from various juried competitions as Bonita Museum, North Park Festival and La jolla Art Association, while simultaneously working as a full time artist at Sea World. I Have won three first place prize awards, one from the La Jolla Art Association regional juried art show, The North Park Art Festival and Escondido Municipal Art Gallery Exhibition titled " The Art Riot".