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About Martin Azari
 
GALLERY SHOWS,REPRESENTATION AND COMPETITION AWARDS, CONTESTS:
 
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHICAGO ART BULLETIN 2002
CHICAGO ART OPEN, MERCHANDISE MART 2008.
PERSIAN ARTS FESTIVAL NEW YORK, NEW YORK 2006
RICHESON 75 LANDSCAPE COMPETITION 2007
DOMAI NUDE ART COMPETITION 2007
SKOKIE ART FAIR 2009
GALLERY 37 WICKER PARK 2002-2004
FINEARTAMERICA GALLERY
SAATCHI ART GALLERY
ARTFINDER GALLERY LONDON/NEW YORK
ARTSLANT GALLERY
 
 
 
I have been painting for over 30 years. I have been a professional artist for most of my life. I have sold paintings to collectors all around the world. I have exhibited in Manhattan as well as Chicago since 2006. My artworks have been in private collections of businesses, private collectors, churches, and of course ebay patrons.
 
I can paint in any manner, whether it is realist, impressionist, or abstract.
I am particularly fond of figurative works such as portraits and nudes, but also have an affinity towards architecture.
I believe the most challenging thing for any artist is mastery of color. I believe in painting color precision is more important than drawing a likeness. You can get away with a lot when your colors are right. Even if the represented objects are crooked, skewed or just off, the brain of the viewer registers the image correctly. I have seen a lot of artists over the years and the majority of them cannot , or will not master this. I think with the advent of photography, realism has become more of a technical aspiration. In other words I personally cannot appropriate the time involved to render photo-realistically knowing a photo can capture the same effect. I think that is why the works of "painterly" artists are so popular now. Additionally with alla prima and plein-air painting an artist is able to capture the mood of something in the moment. In a multi-session realistic painting a lot of the time the fire of the original inspiration dies and it becomes laborious. Naturally part of the mastery lies in being able to get a likeness with minimal brush strokes and this is perhaps the hardest thing most artists will not come close to mastering. This is in fact something that i pride myself in my accomplishment as an artist.
 
Most of my commissioned portrait paintings are created doing an under-painting in black and white, and then using liquin to glaze the color layers. Some of my paintings are done using impasto medium. Mostly I use Liquin Original because it maintains brush strokes and it dries very quickly and also dries to a gloss, instead of dulling the colors as they cure.
When doing custom portraits or commissions I often do a black and white grisaille underpainting with CaCO3 (Calcium Carbonate) to build a terrain, and then glaze over it to get interesting textures like the old masters like Rembrandt and Velazquez..
 
My oil sketches here are either 8x10 with some larger 18x24 inch. They are done on canvas board (no stretcher) I pay close attention to quality and each canvas is reprimed, and upon completion of the work, varnished with a gloss Damaar varnish which finishes it off nicely.
 
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