For sale is another beautiful acrylic painting by contemporary artist, Berge Missakian. This still life measures 10″ x 10″ and the modern gold frame is 19″ x 19″. 'Composition with Fruits and Trumpet', is another fine example of Missakian's unique style with it's profusion of brilliantly constructed colors. This piece is signed in lower right corner, both the art and frame are in excellent condition. In our gallery, we have several more very nice pieces by Mr. Missakian.
Berge Missakian (b. 1933) is a Canadian artist known for his “Fluid Cubist” Jazz paintings; he was born in Alexandria, Egypt of Armenian heritage and has been living in Montreal, Quebec since 1962. Missakian studied at Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y. and Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, Tom Thomson, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and George Braque, Missakian’s paintings always reaffirm the basic and enduring grammar of both Cubism and Fauvism.
He creates whimsical landscapes, still lifes and street scenes, capturing the unique beauty and colors of the American and Canadian landscapes as well as the throbbing tempo of Jazz; his signature style focuses on contrasting vibrant colors, strong cubist shapes with multiple viewpoints, bold handling of paint, as well as flowing and fanciful lines; his work is improvisational and expressive with a variety of rhythms, life situations and exuberant allegories.
Through the years, Missakian’s paintings have garnered numerous solo exhibitions nationally and internationally and can be found in many private and corporate collections across North America, Europe, the Middle East, China, Australia, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia and Armenia.
The collection of his 15 paintings “Colors of a Genocide” is at the Armenian Library and Museum of America, in Watertown, Ma. Two books have been published on Missakian’s work; he is also listed in “Who’s Who in American Art”, “Society of Canadian Artists” and “Biennial Guide to Canadian Artists in Galleries”. He was also featured on the cover of The Artist’s Magazine, March 1997 issue and the cover of Art Business News, June 2005. Missakian’s art is very popular.
“Missakian first turned his attention to what he calls ‘Strict Cubism,’ and in his paintings from that period, multiple viewpoints of a given object and space are revealed simultaneously. Twenty years later, he added music to the mix, with the throbbing tempo of Jazz rendering to the canvas in the form of flowing, and fanciful line; that was the beginning of what Missakian refers to as ‘Fluid Cubism.’ Anne-Marie Lavigne, Parcours Art.
“His motion is contagious, spilling from canvas to canvas, even infecting a handful of landscape paintings that vibrate within their frames” – Mary Ellen Riddle, Art Beat, The Coast (The Virginian Pilot), Nags Head, NC, USA.
“His reputation is established. Missakian’s fame and the maturity of his work cross oceans. His art carries no message and courts no favor from the art world. Instead, like jazz, it pulsates and swirls around us. Always improvisational and expressive, it presents multiple rhythms, life situations, and exuberant allegories” – Lise Goulet, Columnist Magazin’ Art, International Edition Gallery Magazine, Toronto, Canada