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"My goal as an artist is to create exquisitely beautiful art that reminds people of their magnificence and inspires them to achieve their dreams.” The exceptional work of master painter Arian is the product of natural artistic talent and heartfelt passion tempered by more than 40 years of study, observation and realization. For 18 years, after majoring in art in college, Arian painted seven days a week, 10 hours a day to perfect his craft, traveling throughout the United States and Europe to study classical composition, figurative realism and anatomy. He received his formal training in painting and sculpture at Fudakis Academy of Classic Realism in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Barnstone Studios in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Northwest Missouri State College at Marysville, Missouri; and at a private art academy in Florence, Italy. His strongest artistic influences are the Dutch Masters (Vermeer, Rubens, and Rembrandt), the French artist and master draftsman William Bougureau, and American realist John Singer Sargeant. Arian’s expansive use of subtle color variations, creative use of light and shadow and exquisite figurative rendering reflect these influences and infuse his paintings with breathtaking life, realism and beauty. Arian created the exquisite murals in the Palace of Gold, the largest tourist attraction in West Virginia, which have since been the subject of numerous articles in such notable publications as Time and The Washington Post. Additionally, he was commissioned by the State of West Virginia to paint two historic 20-foot murals for the Wheeling Civic Center, now viewed by millions of visitors. Governor Jay Rockefeller, an avid art collector, called Arian’s work “extraordinary and beautiful…works of art rarely seen in this country today.” Arian continues to refine his craft, taking great care in developing each individual composition through preliminary concept sketches, compositional treatments and color studies. His images themselves, however, are intuitive. The images “create themselves,” coming not from the artist’s consciousness but from somewhere deep within his spirit, expressing his understanding of life’s magnificence in an attempt to convey that message through his artwork. “I try to express the eternal qualities of humanity that transcend our individual differences - the archetypal truths of love, peace, beauty and the natural connection between people that touch all of us.”
• Born in 1947 in Des Moines, Iowa in a Mid-western town. • Arian would spend hours in museums in front of one painting studying techniques. • Experienced a “Rembrandt Transcendence Moment” at age 14. At this point is when he knew he wanted to touch people by art the same as Rembrandt did. • Arian’s aspiration as an artist is to create art that would touch people’s souls just as deeply as Rembrandt had touched his. • At the age of 21, Arian took the vows of a monk and was granted the same rare opportunity to create art that Michelangelo once had – both were sponsored by a religious organization to cultivate their artistic genius. • For almost two decades, Arian painted seven days a week, 10 hours a day, with seemingly boundless energy for his beloved craft. During this time of seclusion, Arian heightened his level of spiritual awareness and raised his level of creativity to a whole new dimension. • In 1981, Arian was commissioned by the state of West Virginia to paint two historic murals, each measuring 12 by 20 feet. These historic murals have been viewed by millions of visitors at the renowned Wheeling Civic Center. During the dedication ceremony, Governor Jay Rockefeller, an avid art collector, described Arian‘s work as “extraordinary and beautiful...works of art rarely seen in this country today.” • Arian was offered a full scholarship by the New York Academy of Art but decided to attend the Frudakis Academy of Classic Realism in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after he met master sculptor, Angelo Frudaki. • Arian also studied at the Barnstone Studios in Pennsylvania, mastering study drawing, color theory and classical composition using the golden mean, or divine geometry. • Arian also studied at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris, studying the great masters. • Arian’s works are inspired by masters as: Romantic Classicist British painter J.W. Waterhouse; 18th century French painter William Bouguereau; American Realist John Singer Sargent. • In 1985 Arian became an Art Director for the Palace of Gold in Wheeling, West Virginia. During this period, Arian supervised the creation of paintings, stained glass windows, tapestries, and murals, including several large ceiling murals. Acclaimed by the media as the ‘Taj Mahal of the West,’ the Palace is a seven years in the making miracle of inlaid marble walls and floors containing 230 tons of 50 kinds of marble from around the world. • Arian’s works in the Palace of Gold was featured in Time, Life, and the Washington Post. • Arian’s current body of works paintings has a spiritual quality that expresses what he calls, ‘lucid submission’. His images themselves are deeply intuitive. According to Arian, “the images create themselves”. • Arian’s paintings are in the permanent collections of The British Museum in London, the Australian Museum and The Art Gallery of South Australia
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