The expressive paintings by Armenian Armen Eloyan (b.1966) charm and seduce as much as they disturb. According to the artist, a good painting is like a good joke: the pieces should fit together naturally.
Noted for his irreverent large-format depictions of animals and anthropomorphic figures, Eloyan paints absurd scenes in a work dominated by dark existentialism. Although he does not define himself as a writer, his works tell sarcastic, sometimes erotic, stories. Partly inspired by comics and street art, but also by European masters, loaded with pasty color and thick dark outlines, they skillfully blend black humor with the dazzling existential vision of a dystopian universe.
Publication published on the occasion of Armen Eloyan’s exhibition, presented at the Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, from June 23 to October 7, 2018.