Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hooshang's solo spring show unites color in both abstracts and florals

Art Innovations gallery and Hooshang are pairing two genres in a solo exhibition that spotlights both an homage to spring and bursts of color.

"Spring Flower Show," which features florals, and "Spring Color Storm," which features abstracts, will run at the Ruston gallery from April 10-30.

Hooshang said he hopes a spring flower show – on canvas – will become an annual Ruston tradition in which other artists will also participate. According to a flier for the show, this is "a celebration that causes all bouquets on canvas to be sold at 50 percent off regular price. These flowers last much longer, and you can enjoy them for many springs to come."

The accompanying abstracts have been described by a reviewer as "surprising" and "vibrant, with beautiful textures and colors." One museum writer commented on Hooshang's "heightened imagination and wild swings of color" that are "destined to energize."

Art Innovations owner Jackie Cochran said she selected Hooshang to exhibit in her gallery because she was intrigued by the dichotomy of these two genres: "In his floral works, Hooshang uses a boldly modern style with traditional subject matter. And his abstracts, while being distinctly modern, also take a classical look at that genre. So, in effect, this is art that has something to offer for everyone."

Hooshang has exhibited his work widely throughout the country in galleries and museums. He works in mixed media and acrylic on canvas. Bentley Publishing Group has published both his florals and abstracts.

The opening reception is set for 7-9 p.m. April 10 in the gallery at 112 W. Alabama Ave., Ruston.

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