As we count down to Paint Annapolis 2015, MFA will be featuring one – or two – artists of the day to let you learn more about the artists who are competing and exhibiting in Paint Annapolis.
Paint Annapolis 2015
Competition: June 8 – 12
Exhibition: June 13 – 21
A Philadelphia artist who creates vibrant oil and encaustic wax paintings that express the joy found in finding the divine in everyday life.
Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In continuing studies she has studied 18th Century European furniture painting, art education, and traditional icon painting with a Russian master iconographer. Since 1984, Monique’s work has been shown and honored with awards at numerous exhibitions across the country: in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Boston, Delaware and Philadelphia areas.
Some of her recent awards include second place for painting out of 84 painters in the inaugural Plein Air Brandywine Valley Art Competition, 3rd place in Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2013 as well as awards by Artist’s Equity, Delaware Valley Art League, Main Line Art Center and Chester County Art Association.
By the Artist on her work: “My mission on earth is to use the artistic gifts given to me to translate the joy of creation to my viewers. In my paintings I seek to express the truth and beauty of inspired design.”
Artist Statement: “The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” –Michelangelo. My work is characterized by its expressive nature in my use of vibrant color, bold brush stroke, and expressive lines which seek to recreate the emotion I feel as I am inspired by my subjects.
One of my missions is to express the truth of inspired design and when painting natural subjects in person, that truth is undeniable. When you really observe over a period of time, the variety, lushness, beauty of design and color are beyond human comprehension.