Kevork A. Cholakian
Secret letters, 2012

The Four Season's, Spring, 2009
Artist Statement
The play of what is real and what is not is an important part of my work both in painting and clay. I use realism to convey importance and familiarity to my subjects. My compositions are simple, sparse and void of all that is unnecessary; constructed realities which would not normally exist, where imperfect is perfect, imbalance is balance, and disorder is order. I design with that in mind, I am a graphic designer by trade, so design and color play an important role in my process.

I focus mostly on single dominant subjects, everyday objects, where the mundane becomes heroic, projecting details forward, larger than life, seducing the viewer to see things commonly overlooked. Incorporating images into the natural structure of my subjects to look closer at the subtle worlds within worlds, sometimes obvious and sometimes hidden.

Born in New York City Kevork Cholakian earned a Bachelor of fine arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. After graduation began working in broadcast television as a graphic designer and later moved to Los Angeles to take a senior design position in that field. Throughout his career he pursued his passion for fine art through his still life paintings. After leaving television in 2010 to pursue his art fulltime Kevork also developed an interest in ceramics. His work focuses on sculpture related to his still life painting. Kevork currently lives and works in LA where his work continues to evolve.

Born: 1955 New York City

1973-77 BFA /Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1970-73 High School of Music and Art, New York City

Shows and Exhibition, sales
2015 Anne Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY. "It's Ok to be a Realist"
2013 J2 Gallery Scottsdale AZ. Solo Exhibition, "Look Closer"
2013 Dolby chadwick gallery
2012 Dolby chadwick gallery
2010 Tarfest Juried Group Exhibition.
2009 Lawrence Asher Gallery, Los Angeles.
2008 Lawrence Asher Gallery, Los Angeles.
2007 Group Show James Gray Gallery, Santa Monica CA
2007 Juried Group Show San Diego Institute of Art, Museum of The Living Artist
2002 Group Show Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles
1998 Group Exhibition, Hubert Gallery, NY
1996 Group Exhibition, Hubert Gallery, NY
1995 Group Exhibition, Hubert Gallery, NY
1994 Group Exhibition, Hubert Gallery, NY
1993 Group Exhibition, Hubert Gallery, NY
1993 Juried Competition Audubon Artists Gold Medal, New York City
1992 Group Exhibition, Karen Warshaw Ltd., NY
1992 Juried Competition, Salmagundi Club, New York City
1991 Juried Competition Audubon Artists, New York City