About

Biography

Jack Avetisyan is an Armenian-American artist living and working in Los Angeles. Born in Armenia, his family immigrated to Los Angeles in 1991 after the collapse of Soviet Union. From early age, he showed natural talent and interest in drawing and visual storytelling. Soon after Jack’s parents put him in fine art lessons. His earliest influences came from animation (Soviet and American) and few American films that made it passed the Iron Curtain. As a teenager Jack participated in several art competitions organized by the Armenian Allied Arts Association where he won award for drawing. He sold his first two artworks at age of 16. His artistic talent won him full scholarship to attend TCA Arshag Dickranian Private School. There he excelled and demonstrated his skills and creativity by painting theatrical backdrops, illustrating the covers for school publications, and won multiple awards at school annual art exhibits. Jack also got accepted to Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a specialized program combining college-preparatory academic instruction and conservatory-style training in the visual and performing arts.

After high school, Jack attended Otis College of Art and Design and became a recipient of a Jay Chiat Scholarship. At Otis College he studied figure drawing and for the next three years Jack became a student teacher for figure drawing. While he spent many hours in the studio, he also spent equal amount of time studying modern and postmodern art history. His interest in art didn’t stop with traditional mediums, he went on to study digital media which became an important element to his creative process. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with honors.

Jack has works as Designer and Art Director in marketing and advertising, creating work for clients such as Walt Disney, Hard Rock Cafe, Absolut Vodka, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Brooks Running and Snap Inc. At the end of 2016, after working only commercially for 10 years, Jack returned to his first passion, drawing and painting. A year later, having created a substantial body of work, Jack exhibited a solo show at Armenian Arts Gallery in Glendale, CA. Since then Jack has been accepted in juried exhibitions, art fairs, and has received awards and positive reviews from art critics and curators. His work is internationally collected and in permanent collections of financial firms and in the Daxton Hotel in Birmingham, MI.

Artist statement

I create art because of the innate need for self expression and visual storytelling. My work is primarily created in acrylic and combines qualities of non-representational with stylized figures who are at times finely rendered and other times loosely sketched and have cartoon and comic strip looked to them. My work is deeply personal but yet carries timeless and universal symbols. Common themes I explore in my figurative work include society and class, wealth and materialism, and romantic idealism. The subjects in most of my work are ambitious businesspeople and worldly young adults chasing financial and social success, but at what cost?

 

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Group Exhibitions

2022 – Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA

2022 – Ali Jay Curatorial “No Ordinary Love” Virtual Reality

2022 – Huntington Art Center “Centered On The Center” Huntington Beach, CA

2022 – realART Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Agoura Hills, CA

2021 – Song-Word Art House, “Feverish Dreams: Art Inspired by Songs About Lust” Malibu, CA

2020 – Shockboxx Gallery, “Go Figure” Hermosa Beach, CA

2019 – Atrium Gallery at Ventura County Government Center, “In Conclusion” Ventura, CA 

2019 – GDCA Gallery, “Glisten” Los Angeles, CA

2019 – Castelli Art Space, “About Men” Culver City, CA

2019 – Laurent Proneur Gallery, “Immigration Celebration Part 2: Stories” Hollywood, CA

2019 – The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art

2018 – ArtShare LA, “Summer Salon” Los Angeles, CA

2018 – Brea Gallery, “Made In California” Brea, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2018 – Armenian Arts Gallery, “Turmoil” Glendale, CA