The Awakening | 2007-08
The Awakening
oil on canvas paintings by Michael Azgour, 2007-08
Optimism, 30x48" (diptych)          (c) Michael Azgour
To abstract from reality is to create ametaphor. Although there are many valid systems of abstraction, those which arereflective of the human condition are of greatest interest to me in this bodyof work.
 
My intention in the recent painting series, The Awakening, was to create a spacewhich breaks from reality, constructs a new perspective, and touches uponuniversal human truths. Ideally, the metaphor becomes coherent only after beingcombined with the viewer’s pre-existing library of symbolic imagery. In thisrealm of the subconscious, figurative and abstract elements combine with preexistingperceptions and archetypes to evoke sensations beyond that which aesthetics canprovide. I’d like to invite the viewer to explore his/her own existence throughthe imagery depicted in these paintings.

The process used for The Awakening was based on mydesire to combine representational forms with abstract elements. I hired femalemodels for photo sessions in various locations, paying special attention togestural poses. From hundreds of references, I selected a few with strong,expressive compositions. I stretched six large canvases and primed the surfaces.On the pure white surface, I mapped out the figure. With the same hue, Igrouped dark shapes together and toned the light shapes. From this pointforward, many painting sessions were spent on each artwork, either correctingrepresentational elements, or pushing the abstract through the use of hardedges, flattened spaces, and simplified forms. This dichotomy of figuration andabstraction mirrored my interest in producing provocative works which tell astory not easily deconstructed. As the paintings moved forward, I photographedthe works in progress and evaluated the developing compositions away from thestudio. I concentrated on supporting the developing concept, particular to eachpiece, and to creating formal harmony. Only when these two properties came tofruition, would the work be complete.
Adolescence, 60x48"          (c) Michael Azgour
The Little Seamstress, 52x60"          (c) Michael Azgour
Mary Magdalene, 60x48"          (c) Michael Azgour
The Awakening, 60x60"          (c) Michael Azgour
Breakthrough, 38x52" (diptych)          (c) Michael Azgour
Jordan, 36x36"          (c) Michael Azgour
Desolation, 52x42"          (c) Michael Azgour
Expression of Jordan, 24x24"          (c) Michael Azgour
Expression of Ariel, Clothed, 24x24"          (c) Michael Azgour
Expression of Ariel, Nude, 24x24"          (c) Michael Azgour
Expression of Bea, 24x24"          (c) Michael Azgour
The Awakening | 2007-08
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The Awakening | 2007-08

My intention in the recent painting series, The Awakening, was to create a space which breaks from reality, constructs a new perspective, and tou Read More
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