Metamorphosis | 2010-11
Metamorphosis
oil on canvas paintings by Michael Azgour, 2010-11
Some Memories Never Fade, 52x96"          (c) Michael Azgour
In the series, Metamorphosis, I’m interested in aspectsof individual and group evolution. Language from both representation andabstraction are used in order to articulate this concept uniquely in eachcomposition. Figures are depicted in ambiguous narratives which offer viewersmultiple interpretations deriving from their own state of mind. Expressiveapplications of paint mirror one’s own sense of the world, which is not staticbut constantly changing and uncertain. Paint functions both to create theillusion of depth and to break this illusion in favor of surface qualitieswhich suggest movement, strength, and ethereality. My interest in the conceptof metamorphosis stems from the transformative changes I’ve observed in othersand in myself and the extraordinary coping mechanisms employed by man.
 
In my work, I’mattempting to challenge the viewer through an experience that is poignant andpersonal. My process of constructing and deconstructing aims to reveal justenough to create a spark in the viewer’s mind, yet not enough to solve themystery suggested. I’m inspired by human behavior and use figures as subjectsin order to communicate the essence of each character. I am drawn to the articulationof space created by novel combinations of shapes and forms as well as thevisceral sensory stimulation that expressionist language can provide. Paramountto my paintings is a study of relationships: formal relationships in regards todesign; spatial relationships in regards to the illusion of depth; andpsychological relationships in regards to the figures’ interaction with eachother and their environment.

Lost in a Dream, 52x104"          (c) Michael Azgour
Transformation, 52x72"          (c) Michael Azgour
Ascension, 64x60"          (c) Michael Azgour

The Space Between, 52x72"          (c) Michael Azgour
It Was a Search for Self, 60x56"          (c) Michael Azgour
Two Lovers, 52x76"          (c) Michael Azgour
Metamorphosis, 52x84"          (c) Michael Azgour
Deux Parisiennes, 60x52"          (c) Michael Azgour
Avalon, 60x48"          (c) Michael Azgour
Heracles, 36x36"          (c) Michael Azgour
Too Much Nietzsche, Not Enough Frost, 36x34"          (c) Michael Azgour
It Was Given, 36x30"          (c) Michael Azgour
Serenity, 38x36"          (c) Michael Azgour
Metamorphosis | 2010-11
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Metamorphosis | 2010-11

Expressive applications of paint mirror one’s own sense of the world, which is not static but constantly changing and uncertain. Paint functions Read More
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