Perviz Heyat: "This Urban Life"
February 3 – 27, 2016
Reception: Sunday, February 7, 2 – 4 p.m.
Gallery Hop: Friday, February 5, 7 – 10 p.m.
Perviz Heyat is a multimedia artist, and a professional photographer who currently lives in Winston-Salem, NC. His studio is located in the downtown area. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, he received classical training from Professor A. Sumer of the Istanbul Academy of Art, who was one of the foremost impressionist painters in Turkey at the time.
Perviz had several exhibitions in private galleries in Istanbul before he moved to the United States in 1982. He has exhibited his paintings at the local galleries in Wheeling, WV and Harrisonburg, VA where he spent most of his stay in the US. His paintings were also featured in the Sony Pictures Classics release, “Whatever”, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. When he lived in northern Virginia he had regular solo and group exhibits in Washington, DC at the Studio Gallery, and in Manhattan, New York, at the Phoenix Gallery between 2002 and 2011.
Perviz moved to Winston Salem in 2011 and started experimenting with new styles and discovering new techniques for his new paintings. His current paintings are modern takeoffs from a realistic genre, combining “pop art” style paintings with epoxy-resin coating creating a unique effect.
For this show he selected items from the streets of an ordinary city that he photographed and painted in a modern pop art style. These familiar items such as power poles, mail boxes, the interior of an abandoned factory, or a pile of tires no longer look displeasing, but rather interesting and welcoming objects of our daily lifestyle. In this show what we normally think as unnatural and unattractive part of the urban life now looks beautiful and interesting.
Factory Stairs I, 30”x40", acrylic, markers, and pastel on wooden panel, covered with epoxy resin