Michael Azgour (b. 1979)


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Gallery Representation | Selected
CHRISTIAN HOHMANN FINE ART, Palm Desert, CA
MCNABB MARTIN CONTEMPORARY ART, San Diego, CA
DIVAN, Brussels, Belgium

Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions | Selected
Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA (upcoming: Jul 3-Aug 18, 2013)
Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA (catalogue, 2012)
Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA (2011)
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (2009)
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2009)
College of Marin, Kentfield, CA (2009)
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (2008)
Sharp Gallery, San Diego, CA (2007)
Lucid Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2007)
Academy of Art University, M.F.A. Final Show, San Francisco, CA (2006)

Group Exhibitions | Selected
Linus Gallery, Juried Show: Men, Pasadena, CA (upcoming: 2013)
Divan, Launch Reception, Brussels, Belgium (2013)
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Represented by Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Springs, CA (2013)
Los Angeles Art Show, Represented by Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA (2012)
John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, Juried Show: Lyrical Vision: The Figure, Davis, CA (2012)
Masur Museum of Art, Juried Show: 49th Annual Juried Exhibition, Awarded 3rd
Place, Monroe, LA (2012)
San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Represented by Christian Hohmann Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (2012)
McNabb Martin Contemporary Art, Various Group Shows, San Diego, CA (2010-13)
Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Various Group Shows, Palm Desert, CA (2010-13)
William Merrill Gallery, Various Group Shows, Laguna Beach, CA (2008-12)
San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Represented by K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (2011)
Prince Street Gallery, Juried Show: Fourth National Juried Exhibition, New York City, NY (2011)
J GO Gallery, Park City, UT (2011)
K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (2011)
Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA (2011)
Palm Springs Art Museum, Artist Council Fundraiser, Palm Springs, CA (2011)
Farmington Museum, Juried Show: Gateway to Imagination: National Juried Competition, Farmington, NM (2010)
Rive Gauche Art Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (2010)
Pacific Art League, Juried Show: Painting Only, Juror: Charles Hespe (Hespe Gallery), Palo Alto, CA (2010)
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2009)
Union Square, Hearts in San Francisco Exhibition & Gala Event, San Francisco, CA (2009)
B.J. Spoke Gallery, Juried Show: Expo 27, Juror: Marjorie Weinstein (Whitney Museum), Huntington, NY (2008) 20th
Street Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA (2006, 07, 08)
Artwork SF Gallery, Juried Show: Mixed Messages, Awarded ‘Best in Show’, San Francisco, CA (2007)
Jan & Gary Dario Gallery, Palm Beach Community College, Juried Show: Third Annual Painting, Drawing & Printmaking Competition, Lake Worth, FL (2007)
111 Minna Gallery, Juried Show: Nondescript, San Francisco, CA (2007)
Issa Gallery, Grand Opening Exhibition, Houma, LA (2007)
A.G. Gallery, Krakow, Poland (2006)
Signatura Gallery, Krakow, Poland (2006)
Long Beach Arts Assoc., Juried Show: Works on Paper, Juror: Ruth Weisberg (Dean Fine Arts, USC), Long Beach, CA (2005)
University of California, San Diego, New Moon Gallery: A Collaborative Exhibition, La Jolla, CA (2001)

Collections | Selected
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (awarded commission for a large-scale painting)
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Hotel Union Square, San Francisco, CA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Hearts in San Francisco, six-month public art installation, San Francisco (2009)
Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Aviation Capital Group, Newport Beach, CA
Joseph Drake, President of Lyon’s Gate Entertainment Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
Publications
Studio Visit Magazine, Juried Publication (feature with reproductions), vol. 21, p12-13, 2013
Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Michael Azgour (60-page exhibition catalogue with article and reproductions), 2012
San Mateo Daily Journal, Weekend Journal (reproduction), vol. 12, ed. 218, p23, April 27, 2012
Stanford University Continuing Studies catalogue (article and twenty reproductions), summer 2011
Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Gallery Collection: International Contemporary Fine Art (article and reproductions), 2011
A Journal, Academy of Art University Alumni Journal (article and reproduction), spring 2011
Artistaday.com, Featured Artist (article and reproductions), June 3, 2010
San Francisco Weekly, The Art of the Best of San Francisco (reproduction), vol. 29, no 17, p22, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle (reproduction), pR-35, Feb 8, 2009
Local Arts Guide to the Arts, Orange County (reproductions), CA, spring 2008
ARTnews Magazine (reproduction), p219, summer 2007
Louisiana Homes & Gardens Magazine (reproduction), p157, Aug 2007
San Francisco Weekly, ‘Go Ask Clement’ (reproduction), vol. 26, no. 19, p29, 2007
Academy of Art University, Spotlight News (article and reproductions), Apr 2006

Honours
Awarded 3rd Place, Masur Museum of Art, 49th
Annual Juried Exhibition, Monroe, LA (2012)
Invited to exhibit at Symbiose Art Festival, Breda, The Netherlands (2011)
Selected to be a ‘Heart Artist’ in the Hearts in San Francisco benefit for SF General Hospital (2009)
Awarded the Kenneth Washburn Award for ‘Instructor of the Year’, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA (2009)
Invited to exhibit in the 6th Biennale Internazionale dell’ Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy (2007, 09, 11)
Awarded ‘Best in Show’, Artwork SF Gallery, Mixed Messages, San Francisco, CA (2007)

Education
ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY, San Francisco, CA (2002-05), M.F.A. in Studio Painting
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SAN DIEGO, La Jolla, CA (1997-2001), B.A. in Psychology; Minor in Chemistry
STANFORD UNIVERSITY, CONTINUING STUDIES, Stanford, CA (2011-12)
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, Vancouver, Canada (2000)

Teaching
STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Palo Alto, CA
Lecturer: School of Engineering, Architectural Design Program, Principles of Freehand Drawing (2010-present)
Lecturer: Continuing Studies Program, Expressive Drawing, Introduction to Life Drawing, Basic Painting, Abstract Painting
(2011- present)
Assistant Lecturer: Symbolic Systems Program, Learning Facial Emotions: Art & Psychology, Prof. David Wilkins (2010, 11)
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE, San Francisco, CA
Lecturer: Adult Continuing Education, Figure Drawing (2013-present)
ART INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA, Sunnyvale, CA
Lecturer: Fundamentals of Observational Drawing; Drawing, Proportion and Perspective; Fundamentals of Design;
Digital Grid Systems; & Typography (2010-present)
COLLEGE OF MARIN, Kentfield, CA
Lecturer: Community Education, Abstract Painting (2008-present)
PALO ALTO ART CENTER, Palo Alto, CA
Instructor: Introduction to Drawing; Figure Drawing; & Abstract Painting (2007-present, periodically)
PACIFIC ART LEAGUE, Palo Alto, CA
Instructor: Expressive Drawing; Mixed Media; & Abstract Figurative Painting (2008-present, periodically
Awarded ‘Instructor of the Year’ (2009)
ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY, San Francisco, CA
Directed Studies Advisor and Review Committee Member, Graduate School of Fine Arts (2007-09)

Lectures, Workshops & Critiques | Selected
Menlo Art League, Lecture & Demonstration: Oil Painting Techniques, Menlo Park, CA (2013)
Fairbanks Arts Association, Lecture: Art & Inspiration, Fairbanks, AK (2012)
Logitech Design Team, Painting Workshop, Palo Alto, CA (2012)
Stanford Medical Center, Caring for Caregivers: Weekly drawing/paintings classes for hospital staff, Stanford, CA (2011-12)
Stanford University, Critique: Design Portfolio Methods, Architectural Design, Prof. Amy Larimer, Palo Alto, CA (2010)
Pacific Art League, Lecture: Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Palo Alto, CA (2009)
Freemont Art Association, Lecture & Demonstration: Collage Techniques, Freemont, CA (2008)
Los Altos Art Club, Lecture & Demonstration: Collage Techniques, Los Altos, CA (2008)
Judging & Curating | Selected
Pacific Art League, Judge: Furs, Feathers, and Fins, Palo Alto, CA (2013)
Fairbanks Arts Association, Judge: 27th
Annual 64th
Parallel Art Exhibition, Fairbanks, AK (2012)
Las Positas College, Judge: 31st
Annual Spring Art Festival, Livermore, CA (2009)
Pacific Art League, Judge: In the Garden, Palo Alto, CA (2009)
Bazaar Café, Curator: Monthly Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA (2009)
UC San Diego, Curator: New Moon Gallery: A Collaborative Exhibition, La Jolla, CA (2001)


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    Racer Oil on canvas 47 x 79 inches For Sale Momentum My paintings are influenced by the ubiquity of digital photography in contemporary culture.

    Building on the commonly held presumption that a photograph is a sufficient representation of a memory, I combine unrelated images together in the same composition in order to challenge the viewer’s interpretation of a picture.

    Simple geometric patterns and expressive applications of paint represent the distortion, motion blurs, and pixilation of low-resolution digital photography, which is common in today’s social media. Repeated figures are used to reference bracketing in photography and movement in video.

    The surfaces of my paintings are very different from that of actual photographs. Paint is built up over the course of many layers to yield a rich, varied surface that is very different from the mediums of photo paper and LED displays.

  • Carmen

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    Building on the commonly held presumption that a photograph is a sufficient representation of a memory, I combine unrelated images together in the same composition in order to challenge the viewer’s interpretation of a picture.

    Simple geometric patterns and expressive applications of paint represent the distortion, motion blurs, and pixilation of low-resolution digital photography, which is common in today’s social media. Repeated figures are used to reference bracketing in photography and movement in video.

    The surfaces of my paintings are very different from that of actual photographs. Paint is built up over the course of many layers to yield a rich, varied surface that is very different from the mediums of photo paper and LED displays.

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    Building on the commonly held presumption that a photograph is a sufficient representation of a memory, I combine unrelated images together in the same composition in order to challenge the viewer’s interpretation of a picture.

    Simple geometric patterns and expressive applications of paint represent the distortion, motion blurs, and pixilation of low-resolution digital photography, which is common in today’s social media. Repeated figures are used to reference bracketing in photography and movement in video.

    The surfaces of my paintings are very different from that of actual photographs. Paint is built up over the course of many layers to yield a rich, varied surface that is very different from the mediums of photo paper and LED displays.

  • Heracles

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    Building on the commonly held presumption that a photograph is a sufficient representation of a memory, I combine unrelated images together in the same composition in order to challenge the viewer’s interpretation of a picture.

    Simple geometric patterns and expressive applications of paint represent the distortion, motion blurs, and pixilation of low-resolution digital photography, which is common in today’s social media. Repeated figures are used to reference bracketing in photography and movement in video.

    The surfaces of my paintings are very different from that of actual photographs. Paint is built up over the course of many layers to yield a rich, varied surface that is very different from the mediums of photo paper and LED displays.

  • Rachel Hertzel

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    Building on the commonly held presumption that a photograph is a sufficient representation of a memory, I combine unrelated images together in the same composition in order to challenge the viewer’s interpretation of a picture.

    Simple geometric patterns and expressive applications of paint represent the distortion, motion blurs, and pixilation of low-resolution digital photography, which is common in today’s social media. Repeated figures are used to reference bracketing in photography and movement in video.

    The surfaces of my paintings are very different from that of actual photographs. Paint is built up over the course of many layers to yield a rich, varied surface that is very different from the mediums of photo paper and LED displays.

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    Building on the commonly held presumption that a photograph is a sufficient representation of a memory, I combine unrelated images together in the same composition in order to challenge the viewer’s interpretation of a picture.

    Simple geometric patterns and expressive applications of paint represent the distortion, motion blurs, and pixilation of low-resolution digital photography, which is common in today’s social media. Repeated figures are used to reference bracketing in photography and movement in video.

    The surfaces of my paintings are very different from that of actual photographs. Paint is built up over the course of many layers to yield a rich, varied surface that is very different from the mediums of photo paper and LED displays.