Paul Tamanian

Playing the Light
88 x 45"
Righteous Flow*
Righteous Flow*
44" x 40"
The Last Wave
60 x 47
Indigo Yellow
24" x 24"
Splish
Splish
30" x 30"
Invincible Hue
Invincible Hue
48" x 24"
Solo Motion
Solo Motion
42" x 52"
One Moment
One Moment
45" x 27"
Bending the Flow #6
23 x 28"
Slow Drift 2
Slow Drift 2
35" x 66"
pt12
pt12
63" x 40"
Bending the Flow #2
28 x 30"
OO LA LA
67 x 48"
Bending the Flow #1
29 x 31"
The Edge of Why*
The Edge of Why*
47" x 29"
Free Turn
62 x 46"
Amberlude*
58" x 40"
Pthalo Fix*
71 x 42
Phantom Trace
72x48"
Quiet Solution II
46x59"
Above and Beyond
45x57"
Bending the Flow #3
22 x 27"
Molten Flow
80x39"
The Big Merge*
78x41"
Floating True
45x31"
Seductive Fix
50 x 47"
Spring Solstice*
Spring Solstice*
41" x 20"
Touch of New Too (half of diptych)*
48x48"
Baby Blue*
41x46"
Walking on a Dream Diptych
80 x 21 each
Outer Reach*
Outer Reach*
64" x 44"
Torrid Flurry
74x46"
Phalo Mist
47 x 59
Meets The Sky
85.5 x 19
Splash
Splash
30" x 30"
Floating Why
Floating Why
76" x 43"
Vivid Sight*
55 x 31"
Expanding the Reach
45x87"
Brownsville Whirl
Brownsville Whirl
42" x 72"
Chrysalis Diptych
59.5 x 14.5 each
Stunning Calm*
46x24"
Swing Time
46 x 72"
Stare Junior
Stare Junior
24" x 24"
Summer Grin*
Summer Grin*
38" x 60"
Mellow Friction
Mellow Friction
44" x 70"
Splish
30x30
Clash of Interest*
43 x 81
Quiet Night
53 x 26 x 13"
From Below
46 x 72
Magical Thrill*
45 x 45"
Atomic Square
Atomic Square
24" x 24"
Powder Hue*
72 x 46"
Blooming Interest
47x59"
High Expression
82.5 x 24"
Strong II
43 x 58
Warm Intentions*
48x51"
Blue Shock
Blue Shock
76" x 40"
Slip Dream
Slip Dream
36" x 66"
Sunday Paper
47x47"
Aqua Blur
Aqua Blur
72" x 44"
Marble Punch*
Marble Punch*
77" x 45"
Supercalafragulistic*
Supercalafragulistic*
40" x 63"
Quiet Flight
60 x 32 x 16
One Moment*
One Moment*
27" x 45"
Vision Decision
74 x 44
Bending the Flow #5
33 x 29"
Fab Deloo 2
40" x 32"
Red Junior Suite
Red Junior Suite
10" x 10" each
The Big Skinny
85.5 x 22
Fluid Rhyme*
45x88"
Dreaming Near
Dreaming Near
42" x 70"
Swirl*
Swirl*
50"h x 25"w x 17"d
Free Wheelin
Free Wheelin
58" x 46"
Joyful Daze
Joyful Daze
53" x 46"
Rock On
48 x 83
Uncommon Trance Diptych*
38" x 43"
Someplace Else
33.5 x 47.75
Leaning Grin
Leaning Grin
40" x 70"
Quiet Comes
Quiet Comes
27" x 69"
Silver Tusk
39 x 32 x 8"
Rust Never Sleeps
62 x 45
For Joni
40 x 70
Push the Sky
42 x 90"
Bending the Flow #4
28 x 32"
Whirl
Whirl
57"h x 29"w x 14"d
Radical Acts
62x42"
Touch of New (half of diptych)*
48x48"
Chief Wolf Robe III
47"x46"
Fab-Deloo*
Fab-Deloo*
35" x 53"
Velvet Stare
Velvet Stare*
58" x 32"
From the Hip
47x76"
Dreaming of Cool*
63x47"
Just Beneath the Surface
Just Beneath the Surface
44" x 47"

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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