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Michael azgour

Michael Azgour is a contemporary figurative artist whose paintings contemplate the space between perception and reality, peering into our reliance on imagery – such as those used in mass media, advertising, and social media – as factual representations despite their fallibility to deliver the truth. A Native of California, he is known for large, expressive compositions which combine multi-layered and divergent painting styles, such as painterly figuration and geometric abstraction.

 

Azgour’s award-winning paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, and Asia, such as solo shows at the Art Museum of Los Gatos, CA and Hohmann Fine Art in Palm Desert, CA, as well as art fairs such as SCOPE NYC, Los Angeles Art Show, and Seattle Art Fair. His work is part of renowned collections around the world, including the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. Michael has exhibited alongside a number of renowned contemporary artists and regularly delivers artist presentations, workshops, and panels, including recently at TEDx Krakow. Michael teaches drawing and painting courses at Stanford University.

 

“Azgour’s works are expressive and geometric abstractions informed by an involved process that combines a strategic, realistic technique with pattern and repetition and the muse of accidental surprise. His figures seemingly float with one foot firmly planted in the present while the other wafts into the past. Paint becomes pixel, blur or distortion mirroring the disconnected snapshots and video clips that populate our social media profiles. He challenges the viewer’s interpretation by combining unrelated imagery in the same composition. Although the disparate visuals and juxtaposed compositions appear random, they are in fact bits of narrative from the artist’s own life and travels.”  – K Nichols  [more]

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Perceptualism

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Based on the idea that our perceptions are abstract representations of the truth, this series references the gap between the real and the perceived by combining disparate imagery and painting styles and effectively distorting the spatial relationships between people and environment. These paintings depict moments on the verge of change in which semi-coherent narrative is used to embody a larger span of time and meaning. Transparency and masking reveal layers of paint, highlighting the art-making process as a subject in itself. The works are often partially incomplete, compelling the viewer to engage with the work in an act of their own creation, thereby completing the work.

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Protagonist

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The first phase of a brand new collection of paintings, these large-scale paintings are inspired by personal stories from people I’ve encountered while living abroad. Expressive abstract-figurative compositions draw from remarkable events as individual histories are illuminated by paint on canvas.

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"These are paintings that invite one in and reveal depth of feeling and interest. For me, I see something new each time I look at one of Michael’s paintings. They are warm and peaceful if one is merely walking by without focusing on the painting. However, they also provide interest and depth should anyone stop to examine the paintings."   -- Susan T., Collector

Perceptualism | 2019-21

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