Edman O'Aivazian's work is founded on the need to understand nature through the abstraction of form, light and colour, distilling its essence. In recent years, the river Thames has provided a new challenge, its vastness and ever-changing scenery providing a constant source of inspiration.
Edman always starts painting by sketching the subject matter (when possible), recording the subtle details and depth that a photograph cannot capture. Edman works in multimedia, using whichever medium provides the quickest means of recording the moment, gouache, charcoals and ink are excellent to use. When painting outside with oils, the ever changing British weather forces him to work at speed as he is always reluctant to a half finished canvas back to my studio, using brush, palette knife, anything at hand to complete the work. At his studio, Edman will generally be working on 2 to 3 paintings in parallel, this enables him to step back from a single work, giving time to be critical, leading to changes where needed.
1931 Born on 10th August in Tehran, Iran
1948-52 Private Tuition, Tehran
1964-66 Academy of Fine Art, Rome
1973 Moved to London
1960 First Studio
1980 Built Current Studio
2000 Elected to the Wapping Group of Artists
2002 Elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists
2006 Elected to the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Wapping Group of Artists
2008 ROI Exhibition, Cornelissen & Son Award
2006 ROI Exhibition, The Stanley Grimm Prize
2001 The Worshipful Company of Shipwright’s Award, RSMA Annual exhibition.
2000 ROI Exhibition Winsor & Newton Award (Non Member)
1998 ROI Exhibition, The Stanley Grimm Prize 1958 First Prize Iranian Ministry of Culture Award, Selected for Venice Biennale
1956 First Prize Iranian Contemporary Artists Award
2008 ROI, RSMA, WGA 2008 London, its river & the Cutty Sark, 2006 Layered Lives Exhibition, SOAS, London
2004 Guild Hall Reflections of London and the River, WGA 2001 Treasures for the Ark, The British Library Exhibition Designer 1997 New English Art Club, Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries
1993 American Armenian Artists Association, Boston
1990 Aivazovski centenary exhibition, Simferopol, Crimea
1957 Group Exhibition
1958 Venice Biennale
COLLECTORS Museum of St. Lazzaro, Venice. Museum of Aram, Khachatourian, Yerevan, St. Serkis Church, Tehran. Abadan Armenian Church, Iran. Narmak Armenian Church. Tehran. N.l.O.C. Tehran. Northrop Corp. U.S.A. Private
2002 The Landscapes of Rural Iran 1
1984 Paintings and Drawings of an Armenian Village
Still life, scenery and cityscapes comprise the artist's favourite subject matter. When faced with a commission, Edman believes in providing exactly what the client wants, and tends to put his personal views to one side. A photograph would rarely suffice as reference material for this artist who typically starts a work by sketching the subject matter from life. The artist is willing to replicate existing works, but cannot guarantee that they will be exactly the same. The production time scale can vary from 10 days to 3 months, depending on the size and complexity desired.
Churches and mosques, Royalty, Individuals, Corporations, Galleries