“Watcher of the Skies”
SPRINGVILLE — VanOver Fine Arts will present Western New York native artist Dean Vigyikan, during the gallery’s next exhibition.
Vigyikan was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in WNY, studying art through private instruction.
He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Since then, he has built a career in visual arts, ranging from traditional painting to digital illustration and design.
Vigyikan has recently added sculpture to his repertoire. His artwork has been collected by patrons across the United States and can be found on the covers of books, music CDs, T-shirts, magazines, advertisements and more.
The artist said that he is influenced by the work and techniques of William Adolphe Bouguereau, John Singer Sargent and John William Waterhouse.
He said that his sculptural influences include Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Antonio Canova and Auguste Rodin.
Vigyikan said that, stylistically, he is a contemporary realist, drawing upon natural subject matter.
This award-winning artist’s work has appeared in juried competitions on local, state and national levels, as well as a number of solo exhibitions.
He lectures and demonstrates his techniques to other artists and has served as judge for fine art competitions.
Vigyikan said that he favors allowing his work to do the talking, without peripheral explanation.
“The power of representational art is that it encourages the artist to meld his personal sensibilities with the mastery of the divine creator, resulting in a uniquely beautiful collaborative expression,” he said.
An opening reception for “Expressions in Realism” will be held on Saturday, July 13 from 6 – 10 p.m.
The exhibition will be in place at VanOver Fine Arts until Aug. 31. The gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday from 1 – 6 p.m.
For more information, call 592-8255 or visit www.vanoverfinearts.blogspot.com