She #1Samuray Akarvardar
Ink, water colors, soft pastel, charcoal, color pencil, fabric on Paper
Ready to frame
Signed on front and back
10 " h x 8 " 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 paintings presented here as “She” are the result of this process. In these works, I wanted to make a portrait of a young woman with a strong presence. I painted her in a simple composition with spontaneous touches and subtle colors. These small works give the impression of an oil-painting because of its complex layering of mixed media and the use of fabric.
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.