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Artist: Toros (1944 – ...)
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About artist: Toros (1944 – ...)
Toros is a successful and well-known artist that is often seen within the art world as a modern day representative of the original avant-garde school of thought. He is known for his use of bright, bold colors and whimsical subject matter to create dream-like scenes and images that emulate an overall sense of joyful exuberance and often invoke a sense of wonder, mystery, and nostalgia in the viewer. In today's world that places the utmost importance on materialism, power, and professional achievement, Toros challenges art lovers to remember the innocence of their childhood and incorporate simpler values and attitudes into their hectic, modern lives. Through his innovative and imaginative images he stresses the importance of interweaving reality with imagination and inventiveness to prevent the development of cold, calcified, inflexible world views and value systems like the ones the original avant-garde artists fought so hard to oppose.
When it comes to his method of creativity Toros also keeps the avant-garde tradition alive and well by placing an emphasis on expression over representation. He seeks to create emotional experiences and impressions with his images as opposed to meticulously accurate recordings of the world around him. In an artistic world where it is often wondered whether or not the new "rule" to follow is in the rejection of all traditions that came before, Toros also pays homage to movements like cubism and fauvism in many of his images by incorporating their influences into his own unique and imaginative style. The mesmerizing masterpieces of Toros are a seamless intermingling of classic influences and modern values that offer the art lover something valuable and beautiful that is familiar and completely unique all at once.
Through the masterpieces of modern artists like Toros we are able to questions ourselves in regards to our own worldviews and value systems in a way that only art can make possible.
Critics compare Quixote of Toros and Picasso. Pablo Picasso's famous black-and-white ink wash illustration Don Quixote was painted in 1955 and is notable for its minimalist style and bare bones composition. Picasso brings the image of Quixote to life through the use of quickly executed, dynamic brushstrokes that are nevertheless perfectly placed, giving a sense of movement to the image as a whole, and breathing life into the figures themselves. This is a piece in which Picasso shows that when it comes to art, less can indeed be much, much more.
Quixote of Toros is an oil canvas painted in 2005. Toros also chooses to present a simplified vision the image of Don Quixote, except he strips the image down by breaking it up into geometric shapes with distinct borders similar to those found in stain glass window art. He also breathes life into the figure through the use of vivid, undiluted colors and adds depth to the work through thickly applied, impasto paintwork, giving the image an appealing tactile quality.
Toros's Quixote wears a rakish hat, nonchalant and almost dreamy expression letting us know right away that this is a man with ideals well developed, if not exactly realistic. On the background we see the enigmatic windmill (that Quixote famously jousted in the original novel) representing the folly of becoming too absorbed in impossible feats of fancy. Toros uses the shapes and colors to portray the central figure of Quixote to illustrate the background, showing that the windmill, along with the space it occupies and the concepts it represents, is an integral part of the subject's inner make-up and core value system.
The clowns in the art of Toros are not the terrifying and monstrous creatures to be found in horror novels or art that revolves around the grotesque. Toros paints his clowns using soft, candy-like tones that convey a sense of boundless joy and limitless wonder. They are also very often depicted on parade through a fantasy wonderland that includes such elements as fairy tale castles and flying fishes, or in the act of frolicking, celebrating, and playing musical instruments. They playfully invite the viewers to come along with them on an incredible adventure and find out for themselves what a wonderful place the land of imagination and childlike wonder can really be, even in a world full of heavy adult concerns and pressing responsibilities.
Toros is a modern artist who has definitely chosen to make full use of the limitless scope of his own creativity when it comes to painting portraits. His personal expressive style often referred to avant-garde by experts in the field, he uses bold, bright patches of color and whimsical clusters of dream-like geometric shapes to construct an expansive variety of images and scenes in oils that often invoke feelings of joy and wonderment in the mind of the viewer, sometimes even recalling childlike feelings of innocence and boisterousness as well.
In the innovative portrait work of Toros, we often see figures cleverly deconstructed and rebuilt through the use of separate colorful geometric forms in a way that is reminiscent of similarly subjective portraits by the likes of other modern masters such as Pablo Picasso. In many of Toros's portraits the distinct shapes and vivid tones that make up the figure often blend seamlessly into those that define the background, suggesting an all-encompassing connection between the subject and the environment he or she occupies. The world around the subject is just as dynamic, alive, and compositionally important as the subject itself.
The color and form of the individual shapes are also sometimes remininiscent of a set of child's building blocks, adding a strong element of whimsy and wonder to each of Toros's portraits. It often feels as if Toros is contracting his images using abstract fragments of impressions and scraps of emotional responses to the subject from his own imagination to present the viewer with an abstract imprint of the person's spirit as opposed to a two-dimensional representation of their corporeal body. The viewer gets the feeling that he is looking at something straight out of a dream or an illustration from a book of fantastic, magical beings as opposed to a simple, straightforward portrait of a human being.
In fact, Toros's portrait work is anything but simple. We can see his strong respect for the world of imagination itself,as well as his undeniable love of subjectivity in the world of the creative arts. Nothing is ever black and white to Toros, either literally or figuratively. And he teaches us to see his subjects and in fact the whole world through his eyes with his incredible body of mesmerizing works.
His paintings are in private collections in Germany, England, France, USA, Switzerland, India, China, Holland, Armenia, and Russia.
Some exhibitions of artist:
1985 - Armenia
1996 - Armenia
1987 - Russia
1988 - Armenia
1989 - India
1990 - France
1991 - Singapore
1992 - Russia
1993 - China
1995 - China
1996 - Switzerland
1999 - Hong Kong
2000 - Russia
2001 - Russia
2002 - USA
2003 - China
2004 - Russia
2005 - China
2006 - USA
2007 - USA
2007 - Armenia
2008 - USA
2009 - USA
2010 - USA
2011 - Armenia
2012 - USA
2013 - Russia
2014 - Armenia
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