LA CANADA, Calif.–Adrian Dilanian’s message can be summarized by these few words: highlighting old values and folklore, expressing their beauty and meaning in a modern perspective.
Dilanian had the opportunity of attending a variety of art schools, starting in Beirut where she was born, then continuing at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and at Cal State Northridge. She has exhibited in various occasions in Paris at the Basilica of Madeleine and the Gallery Art Nouveau in Paris. She obtained a Masters Degree in French Literature from the Sorbonne University in 2004 and she pursued her artistic career in parallel. Recently, she participated in the Faculty Exhibit at Moorpark College where she teaches French since 2000.
Dilanian conveys images that are profoundly rooted in Armenian culture.
On the occasion of the publication of her father’s poetry book, a “Call for Peace” by Abraham Dilanian, she rediscovered his vision and focused her work accordingly. Her exposure to multiple cultures has nourished not only her style but also has opened the way for her philosophy of life as a Diaspora Armenian. She believes that being away from her ancestral home is not an adverse state, because it can help any individual have a better understanding of life, that comes from integrating different cultures and values. Her paintings reflect this plurality. Although some of them are representational relating mainly to the idea of spring and rebirth, her main body of works is abstract: color is taking the upper hand on structure and brush strokes. However, the eye of the spectator moves to the most easily recognizable forms: the birds, the Khachkar, and the recurrent images of the Armenian mythology.
Her paintings are focused on the Armenian identity, which has its roots in the ancient archetypes, and they convey these new visions in a narrative and mysterious atmosphere. In that respect, culture and mythology provide deep connotative values to these works, as a kind of abstract expressionism in a modern anthropological perceptive. Researching and pursuing her inner vision, she has come to believe in a Rebirth of the Armenian Spirit, hence a Renaissance.
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