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Seeroon Yeretzian
Trauma and ecstasy bring alive dramatically the works of this unassuming young artist, Seeroon Yeretzian. Her crucifixions without a cross, her decapitated bodies and homeless souls are not intended to make a social statement; they rather express her artistic vision through daring contortions and deformations. They portray helpless human souls in a universe of misery. Her use of dark colors against red and orange resound in metallic explosions, consonant with the agony of her figures.

Her tragic and philosophical world finds its balance in her fascination with the enchanting art of ancient Armenian illuminators, whose naïve calligraphy and color receive a masterful interpretation under Seeroon Yeretzian’s pen and brush. In many of her paintings the carvings from the caves of ancient Armenia dance to the rhythmic jazz of modern expressionism.

Seeroon began her artistic training in fashion design at Beirut University College in Lebanon from 1973-1974. After moving to California she enrolled in fine arts classes at UCLA by 1979-1981. She received her Fine Arts degree from Otis/Parsons Art Institute and School of Design in 1985.

Her first one-woman show took place in Beshgueturian Art Gallery in Altadena, California of April 1991 to a unanimous critical acclaim in the art media. The same year she gave another show at Barakat Gallery. Her participation in group shows includes Otis/Parsons Art gallery (1983 & 1985), UCLA Kerchoff Art Gallery (January, 1988 and April, 1990), and Wilshire Ebell (May 1988).

Thanks to her versatile talent she has successfully mastered every media in art and has produced from oil and acrylic paintings to graphic designs and illustrations in gouche, pen and crayon. To date, her art has been mostly popularized through her very original design of the Armenian alphabet, entitled “The Splendor of Aypupen” and her collection of Armenian custom cards.

Seeroon’s art stirs the soul and soothes the eyes.

(The information above was obtained through a personal interview)


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