Plymouth, N.H. —The Karl Drerup Art Gallery an Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University will present an exhibition by Seacoast artist Russell Aharonian April 2-22 at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth. A reception will be held at the Silver Center from 4–6 p.m. April 4.
For years, Aharonian has exhibited frequently in Maine and New Hampshire. Drerup Gallery Director and PSU Professor Terry Downs says “Brimming with whimsy, his [Aharonian’s] work is highly innovative with modern materials, drawing upon artists like Miro and Kandinsky for inspiration. His zany sense of humor will bring out a chuckle in the viewer while astonishing all with his virtuosity.”
Aharonian says he has devoted his adult life not only to the pursuit of artistic expression, but also to learning. He earned a BA at the Art Institute of Boston and attended drawing classes at the Adult Education Center, also in Boston. He taught art at the Merry Road School in Newton, Mass, and went on to study gouache, watercolor, monotype and papermaking at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit, Maine. He also studied at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, and at the Art New England Summer Painting Workshop at Bennington College in Vermont. He has also studied yoga, martial arts, life sciences and therapy intensively throughout his life.
He says his art is a form inspired over a 30-year period by surrealist masters and “the brilliant language of the abstract expressionists, but mostly by life itself: the passions, the sensations, the mysteries and the humor of the human condition.”
York Coast Star contributor Stuart Nudelman wrote that Aharonian’s art is “curvaceous and sensual, bordering on the erotic at times; his palette is bold and bright, often sporting a richly textured surface, but always intimate and multi-leveled. Though it is readily accessible on a design level as pure visual entertainment, it also speaks and communicates in nuanced tones to the psyches of receptive viewers.”
Aharonian likes people to find their own discoveries in the works. “It may be completely different from my view, but that’s really the point: inviting people in.”
The Silver Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon–6 p.m. and closed during PSU holidays. All exhibitions are open to the public free of charge.
Aharonian’s art may be seen at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit and the New Hampshire Art Association, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth.