Michael Azgour’s paintings are inspired by contemporary imagery and aspects of memory, personal identity, and change. Having spent several years living in Eastern Europe, he regularly looks to his paintings to resolve cultural disparities by fusing ideas and imagery from diverse sources. Even though we live in a globalized world in which so much is standardized, the customs and values differ immensely from one country to the next. Michael juxtaposes seemingly unrelated elements as a way to exemplify these differences using paint as a form of metaphor or hyperbole. Dichotomies are frequently employed as a way to highlight distinctions. Light emerges from the darkness, the crude becomes delicate, and the abstract becomes real.
In his recent works, Michael refer to moments on the verge of change. While these could be literal moments captured by a photograph, there are elements of symbolism in which the moment embodies a larger span of time and meaning. He aims to create works which are rich in content yet open to interpretation, so each viewer might have a unique experience of their own.
Although Michael aims to strike a different chord in each painting, there are some common themes that run through the breadth of his work, such as: references to digital photography and video, representation of memories as fleeting recollections, and the notion of individualism. His process of composing works and layering paint while retaining the history calls attention to the divergent paths painting and photography have taken in the past century and allows the viewer to access the process.
Michael Azgour is an actively exhibiting artist whose work addresses concepts related to images in contemporary culture. A native of California, his paintings combine evocative expressive representation with geometric abstraction, reflecting upon memory, technology, and the human condition. His award winning paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe, including solo shows at Art Museum of Los Gatos and Robert Green Fine Arts in California, as well as Art Fairs such as artMRKT San Francisco, Silicon Valley Art Fair and Los Angeles Art Show. His work is part of dozens of collections, including a recent commission by Stanford’s Packard Children’s Hospital. Michael is a part-time faculty member at Stanford University teaching drawing and painting courses.