Wednesday December 11, 2002
by Mickey Rogers
Ever wish youd had the opportunity to schmooze with Picasso,
gab with Van Gogh, or muse with Michelangelo? If youve ever
wanted to mingle with one of the really great artists, dont
miss this opportunity to meet Alyam Moser and view his museum-quality
Friday, December 13, from 5:00-8:00 pm, Moser will host an opening
for his exhibition entitled Icons and Oils at Ancient
World, 1812 Second St. The exhibit runs through January 31, 2003
and a portion of all proceeds will benefit the Tibetan Children's
icons will be exhibited along with a collection of large figurative,
expressionist oil paintings from his Into the Mysteries
and Over the Rainbow: Ode to a Kindred Spirit" series.
According to an article in The New York Times, critics have
called Moser a major artist comparing his work to that of Goya,
Francis Bacon and the Masters of the Renaissance.
the great masters, Moser incorporates multiple techniques in his
paintings: glazing, imprimatura, alla prima, gesso fresco, scumbling,
impasto and direct painting.
The genius behind this work is contemplative, yet intense.
Even the names of his paintings are compelling - Bound by a False
Beast, There was No Grass on the Other Side, Caught Between Two
Realities, Into the Fertile Void. Artspeak magazine lauded his
draftsmanship and the brilliant beauty of his colors and described
his oils as having a phantasmagorical element.
works contribute a clear and impelling look at the reality behind
the pretense of contemporary life; They seep with spirituality...
of the human heart aspiring to be free... of an underground world
of faith and power and torment... bursting with the energy of
painting was derived from the early portrait painting of pre-Christian
Rome. It was primarily begun as a devotional practice,
Moser said. The early Christian icons depicted saints and
sages more as archetypes of worship. Mosers icons
range from the more traditional saints - such as archangels Michael,
Raphael and Gabriel; to White Thunder, holy man of the Lakota
Sioux; to a seductive and powerful Bedouin Priestess.
maintains Historically, the creation of an icon required
the artist to undergo several meditation and purification rituals
beforehand in order to become attuned to the consciousness of
the archetype, I first go into a deep meditation and focus on
connecting with the essence of the deity or master.... I wait
for the image of the being to reveal itself to me, he said.
I do not work from any models or references... to say (the
images are) invented is not entirely accurate, as
I am painting their portraits as I see them in meditation.
intuitively selects each piece of wood on which to paint his saints,
sages and spiritual beings. Painting on wood panels and
the use of gold leaf is preferred, as (these elements) were believed
to possess the higher vibratory levels necessary to act as spiritual
conduits. Moser said. It is also believed that the
materials themselves become imbued with sacred power.
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