David Grigorian, Childhood Cherry Blossoms
Alumni GalleryThursday, Jan 2nd to Monday, Apr 14th
The Exhibition: Cosmic and intimate at the same time, the exhibition Childhood Cherry Blossoms features a series of eight paintings by RMCAD Alumni, David Grigorian. The paintings shown in the exhibition were created over the past few years and reflect a self-made world of dragons, royalty, magic and fantasy. Grigorian’s fantastical work sources inspiration from his childhood experiences of wonderment of the natural world. Particular references to his childhood travels can be seen in his vibrant interpretations of Japanese cherry blossoms and fireflies from Kentucky.
Grigorian’s acrylic paintings merge inner and outer space, science and mysticism, as well as the personal and the impersonal. The artist sees his works as a personal diary. He explains that they represent his interpretation of, “events, places, and people that I have encountered throughout my life”. “I also record different cultures, emotions, and thoughts,” said Grigorian.
Observing familiar childlike characters, such as princes, and using cultural references, like cherry blossoms, we see that for Grigorian, these are all part of the same motif – a world he has created where there is no boundary between memory and imagination. According to Grigorian, he gives his paintings a “sense of magic and tranquility of an exotic far away world.” Each character he paints is paired with a poem or story that he conceptualizes as he paints. For example the prince is “also a warrior with a legendary sword of the dragons, but in the painting he is on a quest to find his true and only love. He does find her and they live happily ever after.”
The Artist: David Grigorian was born in Armenia and currently lives and works in Colorado. He studied Illustration at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, where he received his BFA in 2012. Grigorain is influenced by fantastical narratives, children’s’ illustrations, and traditional Western and Eastern painting styles. Grigorian’s work is a synthesis of these styles paired with his personal narrative. His paintings and sculptural works have been shown in several group and solo shows including the Smithsonian Museum for American Art in Washington, DC.
At top: David Grigorian, Dragons of Clouds (detail) At right: David Grigorian, Bus and Lake