by Craig Stephens
Malibu artist and resident Seda Baghdasarian presents a solo exhibition of her paintings at MLY Gallery on June 30. Seda’s current series Oceans features over 50 paintings and seeks inspiration from a decade of living on the shores of the great Pacific in Malibu, and painting from life, her journey along the California coast.
Describing her work as being based on her inspirations from nature and wanting to connect with it, Seda recounts diverse influences as a painter. “My major painting influences have been my teachers like Arthur Egeli , Armen Atayan, and the impressionists like Cezanne and Monet, and luminists like Joaquin Sorolla.I also love the early work of Picasso.”
Seda adds that she defines her my work through many mediums and techniques, based on the story or the environment she wants to depict. “ Sometimes it can be told thru a painting or a photograph, other times it can be as complex as a building or a built experience, as dramatic as theatre or as subtle as a walk on a beach.”
Seda Baghdasarian is an artist who enjoys visual storytelling as a painter, photographer, experimental filmmaker, art director and architectural /production designer. Born in Teheran, and raised in United Kingdom, she graduated with first-class honors degree in Architecture and Interior Design from London Metropolitan University.
Since her first travels to her native land in 2006, Seda has been fortunate to study with maestro Armen Atayan. A ninety-year-old living legend, who taught academic painting for four decades at the renowned St Petersburg Academy in Moscow, as well as the Yerevan Art Academy.
A self-taught photographer, Seda has also visited and documented some of the world’s most sacred places. She is strongly committed to the education of young minds, renovating village schools in Armenia and Peru, and always in support of the arts as well as environmental conservation efforts & sustainability practices.
In addition to her Oceans show, other upcoming exhibitions include a plein air show in San Luis Obispo in September, a new collection of works celebrating her Armenian ancestry, and in commemoration of the 100 years of the Armenian Genocide she is participating along with other 99 artists in a substantial exhibition in Los Angeles in 2014
Oceans – MLY Gallery JUNE 30th—till July 25th
Opening Reception: June 30th 6pm-9pm, sponsored by ChocolateBox Cafe.
Malibu Lumber Yard Art Gallery, 3939 Cross Creek Rd, D130, Malibu, CA 90265.
Gallery Hours: Tues– Fri:12- 5 & Sat/Sun: 12- 6pm, or by appt. (310) 982-7594
Portion of proceeds from artwork sales will benefit Oceana & Sea Shepherd.