Autumn 2003 (11.3)
Van Gogh. Move Over
Faig Gambarov's Explosion of Wild Color
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Gambarov - AZgallery.org
Left: Faig Gambarov in his studio in Baku.
Artist Faig Gambarov
was recently featured in the prestigious art magazine, "International
Artist" in their August / September 2003 issue. Entitled
"Van Gogh Made Me Do It-The Wonderful World of Color and
Shape", the article extended eight pages and included 13
photos of art, including a sequence depicting "Art in the
Making", showing how Faig builds up layer upon layer of
Faig says: "It's impossible to express my inner, passionate
feelings in words. Painting is a flame that is always moving,
a fire in my soul. Occasionally it erupts, like a volcano."
An eruption of color, one might add.
International Artist magazine is dedicated to highlighting the
works of individual artists from about 100 countries, according
to International Editor Jeane Duffey.
This was the first time that an Azerbaijani artist had ever been
featured. The magazine boasts a subscription distribution to
60 countries and a print run of more than 100,000 copies. Duffey
herself works out of Vancouver, Canada, but the magazine is produced
in Australia. According to Duffey, careers are built for many
of the artists who are featured in this magazine because they
get discovered and recognized by serious galleries and art collectors.
Left: Faig Gambarov's depiction of Baku's Opera and
One of Faig's favorite haunts is Baku's Old City-"Ichari
Shahar" (Inner City). His genius comes from his playful
juxtaposition of brilliant hues. In 1998, one of Faig's street
scenes of the Old City was the cover for Azerbaijan International's
issue on "Architecture and Development". See AI 6.4
(Winter 1998) Search at AZER.com. That same year, Faig had his
first personal exhibition, sponsored by none other than the French
Embassy in Baku after Ambassador Jean-Pierre Guinhut discovered
Azerbaijan International's staff in Los Angeles and Baku connected
and did the necessary translation for Faig with the magazine's
Left: One of Faig Gambarov's favorite subjects to paint
is the Old City of Baku - "Ichari Shahar". His works
are famous for their playful but riotous use of color.
Duffey says that plans for two more Azerbaijani artists (which
she discovered through Azerbaijan International magazine) are
already in the works. "We really like the originality of
the work of Azerbaijani artists," she says. "They don't
seem to have been influenced much by the West. Their work is
fresh and their use of color is brilliant."
Contact International Editor, Jeane Duffey: email@example.com.
If you send any photos in your initial correspondence by email,
make sure the files are in small jpeg format. Transparencies
are required for publication.
To visit Faig Gambarov's studio,
contact him: Tel: (994-12) 76-26-66, 32-93-30 or Mobile: (994-50)
310-15-06. To see more samples of his work, visit AZgallery.org,
a Web site created by Azerbaijan International magazine which
features more than 160 artists and 3,000 works.
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