Pretty Woman.

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Life is not zebra of black and white stripes, but nor it is a checkerboard. When a woman puts on a rainbow-striped outfit and enigmatic smile, you know the world of monochrome is too simple to be true. But what color will the woman treat you to, that is the question.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

January 26, 2022

Chic and modern, Svetlana Bagdasaryan’s "Pretty Woman." recalls high fashion and Alex Katz’s impossibly cool portraits. From clothes to demeanor, the subject is aggressively stylish and glamorous. Her imposing shadow lends the painting more depth than is typical of Katz's oeuvre. However, the translucent appearance of her body and garments reduces that depth and brings the work equally into the realm of abstraction as figuration. Bagdasaryan obfuscates the subject and backdrop by letting the woman’s colors bleed into her surroundings and vice versa. This painterly trick of the eye creates an interesting commentary on quotidian geometric abstraction. Paired down to just form and color, the everyday world becomes an abstract sea of straight and curving lines, clashing or harmonious colors. We often choose an outfit based on where we intend to go; we have city clothes, country clothes, beach clothes, etc. Our environments inform how we present ourselves, and our appearance informs the environment. A symbiotic relationship that turns everyone into an artist (at least sometimes; occasionally, sweatpants win).

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Svetlana Bagdasaryan

January 26, 2022

Thank you John for your critic.

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Svetlana Bagdasaryan
Abstraction, Fashion
Painting - Unframed
Oil, Canvas
20.00 inches wide
20.00 inches tall
1.50 inches deep
2.00 lbs
Lake Forest, CA, US