Paul Tamanian

Warm Intentions*
40" x 63"
Let it Slide
33 x 11 x 11"
The Big Merge*
Free Turn
62 x 46"
Mellow Friction
Mellow Friction
44" x 70"
Floating True
Molten Flow
Dreaming of Cool*
Bending the Flow #6
23 x 28"
63" x 40"
Bending the Flow #4
28 x 32"
Solo Motion
Solo Motion
42" x 52"
Above and Beyond
Frozen Light
47 x 84
Aqua Blur
Aqua Blur
72" x 44"
Swing Time
46 x 72"
Blue Shock
Blue Shock
76" x 40"
From the Hip
67 x 48"
Epic Shift
80 x 47
67 x 47.5
Walking on a Dream Diptych
80 x 21 each
Silver Tusk
39 x 32 x 8"
The Edge of Why*
The Edge of Why*
47" x 29"
Harmonic Flow
88 x 48
Vivid Sight*
55 x 31"
Phantom Trace
Quiet Solution II
Seductive Fix
50 x 47"
Chrysalis Diptych
59.5 x 14.5 each
Soft Play
59 x 23.5
Fluid Rhyme*
High Expression
82.5 x 24"
Leaning Grin
Leaning Grin
40" x 70"
Playing the Light
88 x 45"
Brownsville Whirl
Brownsville Whirl
42" x 72"
Joyful Daze
Joyful Daze
53" x 46"
Fab Deloo 2
40" x 32"
Bending the Flow #3
22 x 27"
Rock On
48 x 83
Invincible Hue
Invincible Hue
48" x 24"
Stare Junior
Stare Junior
24" x 24"
Righteous Flow*
Righteous Flow*
44" x 40"
Push the Sky
42 x 90"
Spring Solstice*
Spring Solstice*
41" x 20"
Free Wheelin
Free Wheelin
58" x 46"
Powder Hue*
72 x 46"
Marble Punch*
Marble Punch*
77" x 45"
Bending the Flow #5
33 x 29"
Quiet Flight
60 x 32 x 16
The Big Skinny
85.5 x 22
67 x 42
Torrid Flurry
*Strong II
43" x 58"
No Ordinary Joe
36 x 46
Expanding the Reach
One Moment*
One Moment*
27" x 45"
One Moment
One Moment
45" x 27"
Quiet Night
53 x 26 x 13"
27 x 47
Velvet Stare
Velvet Stare*
58" x 32"
Red Junior Suite
Red Junior Suite
10" x 10" each
Just Beneath the Surface
Just Beneath the Surface
44" x 47"
Baby Blue*
Pthalo Fix*
71 x 42
Summer Grin*
Summer Grin*
38" x 60"
35" x 53"
Slip Dream
Slip Dream
36" x 66"
Bending the Flow #1
29 x 31"
Indigo Yellow
24" x 24"
Quiet Comes
Quiet Comes
27" x 69"
Atomic Square
Atomic Square
24" x 24"
Stunning Calm*
Blooming Interest
58" x 40"
Meets The Sky
85.5 x 19
Clash of Interest*
43 x 81
Radical Acts
Shifting Arch
48 x 25
Touch of New Too (half of diptych)*
Floating Why
Floating Why
76" x 43"
Magical Thrill*
45 x 45"
Uncommon Trance Diptych*
38" x 43"
Bending the Flow #2
28 x 30"
57"h x 29"w x 14"d
The Last Wave*
60 x 47
Stay Strong
47 x 50
Touch of New (half of diptych)*
Outer Reach*
Outer Reach*
64" x 44"
50"h x 25"w x 17"d
Slow Drift 2
Slow Drift 2
35" x 66"
Dreaming Near
Dreaming Near
42" x 70"

Paul Tamanian


Paul Tamanian has created a new visual language of metal and paint.

Born in New York, Paul Tamanian has lived in Florida since receiving his degree from Florida State University. He discovered an affinity for clay by attending a pottery class at a local community center. He moved rapidly from basic skills to technical innovation, and then from clay on to aluminum. Aluminum, in turn, led him from vessels to sculpture to paintings.

There are two elements that power Tamanian's work: his relentless experiments with form and his scorched-earth surface treatments. At times, Tamanian is able to make aluminum look as delicate and as fragile as glass; at other times his work exudes the roughness of clay or hewn stone.

Donald Miller, an art critic of the Naples Daily News and retired art and architecture critic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, comments:

'It is unusual for a ceramist to move from clay, a soft medium, to a shaped sheet aluminum. Surprisingly, Tamanian has not only transferred his vessel forms into metal. He has also developed glazes of found pigments resembling enamel. The artist has produced a wide range of asymmetric triangular forms: swells and circular arches, as well as flat surfaces he frames to display outdoors.

“His impressive harmonies recall Jackson Pollock's drip paintings. But Tamanian has his own rhythmic lyricism. Although random, his designs satisfy the eye because of their compositional balance.

“This extends to surfaces displaying the metal's polished sheen. The artist engraves repeating geometric patterns on the aluminum, filling in with black, as the niello artists did. Either way, Tamanian's work is totally seductive.'

The present exhibition of paintings, sculpture and vessels vividly demonstrates Tamanian’s unique combination of muscularity and exquisite sensitivity.


Paul Tamanian standing next to one of two diptychs commissioned for the same space.


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