Fort Worth artist Sevan Melikyan will present a gallery talk in the Kimbell Art Museum’s “Artist’s Eye” series on Saturday, September 12, at 11 a.m. The Kimbell’s deputy director, Malcolm Warner, will moderate this free program.
Melikyan’s art is multilayered, drawing upon the traditions of rug and textile weaving in his native Turkey, American abstract painting, and the possibilities of computer graphics. He reduces familiar paintings of the past to elemental forms and colors, creating abstraction out of representation.
The highly finished quality of Melikyan’s paintings is all the more remarkable considering that he has never had formal training as a painter. He has said, “I want to establish a direct communication with the viewer, hoping to generate the kind of amazement that only simplicity can.”
“The Artist’s Eye” is an ongoing program moderated by Kimbell staff. It brings Texas artists to the Museum to discuss works in the permanent collection, share the special insights of the practicing professional, and relate older art to contemporary artistic concerns, including their own.