AVA Studio Chat: Joe Saginor

Joe is an abstract painter who has been painting since the early 90s. His initial encounter with oil painting involved running a cotton ball soaked with solvent over an oil crayon drawing.

Observing the colors seamlessly blend immediately fostered his appreciation for this medium. An important aspect of his creative process entails rotating the canvas. This aids him in interpreting the abstract shapes he has painted and sometimes leads to the discovery of the painting’s subject. Joe is deeply intrigued by how people interpret his artwork. His objective is to craft pieces that prompt viewers to contemplate the potential subjects they might be observing.

Joe received mentorship from Clifford West, long time art instructor at AVA. He employs a range of mediums including oil on canvas, oil crayon on paper, charcoal, and mixed media. His artistic approach frequently involves integrating painting and drawing. His artwork is inspired by personal memories, associations, photographs, and reflections stemming from his role as a psychologist. The paintings’ content and form are predominantly representational, capturing figures, landscapes, and portraits as frozen psychological abstractions within a fleeting moment of time.

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