Gyan Samara is an American painter. He was born in France and raised in New England. He has lived and traveled all over North America and Europe, studying in the the Netherlands, Mexico and in the United States. For his undergraduate studies he attended the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah Georgia, where he obtained a BFA in 1995. In 2000 he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
His work has evolved over the years, as a fauve-realist, painting in initially in acrylics to gradually exploring the mediums of oils and oil bars. Today Mr. Samara works in a variety of mix mediums and medias, but primarily he paints in oil pastels. He spends much of his time painting portraits in his studio or plein air plain painting.
As a fauvist-realist, my work reflects the way I see color and movement in life. By executing the work on-site, the elements of the natural world allow me to fully appreciate the raw feel of these urban and rural settings. I capture the subtle variances of colors viewed in our natural surroundings, and express them via gesture and line born from natural tremors in my hands. I embrace these variances, and take advantage of them. Thus, creating the energetic, rich, and vivid lines I seek when applying color, or while carving out the paint. I welcome this natural expression of textured movement, using organic lines to blend colors in my paintings.
I work on unfinished pine surfaces, stained in a variety of colors from deep mahogany to intense fuchsias. As I add and remove color, the surface is reflected in the finished piece, creating a somber, yet energetic, feel. My paintings are prepared fairly aggressively, as I pound layers of similar colors atop each other. Then, I gradually move onto more subtle color effects, gently tapping and blending the pigments with my fingers. The final steps of my process are achieved through adding and removing oil pastel, fusing these different techniques. Ultimately, this develops a refined expression, the finished piece.
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