Standing Man #1Samuray Akarvardar
Watercolor, ink, charcoal, soft pastel, gesso on Paper
Ready to frame
Signed on front
12.75 " h x 6.75 " w |0 lbs. 0 oz.
Sometimes I make a series of sketches from my photo collection in order to organize my thoughts for new works. The three little paintings presented here as “Standing Man” is the result of this process. In these works, I wanted to make a portrait of an urban man with an awareness of being watched. He looks like one of the actors in a play. I painted him in a simple composition with spontaneous touches. The painting gives a sense of black and white photography.
Palo Alto, California
Originally from Istanbul, Samuray Arkvardar began taking art classes as a teenager in the basement of the local art museum. She was also very studious, and instead of pursuing her art immediately, she became an engineer and received a PhD in geophysics. “While working, I continued art classes wherever I could find time, visited galleries, and read about art,” says Samuray. In 2010, she finally decided to focus on making art full time. Samuray began taking art classes in California and further developed her contemporary style. Her figurative work is concerned with portraying the psyche through interpretations of portraiture. Using collage materials, including transparent acrylic sheets, Samuray aims to convey the complex layers of modern human existence.