MEDIAS

When no one is watching, Missakian's canvases dance! At times they leap to the floor, pirouetting wildly. But even on the wall, they tremble and vibrate with life. There is no way to keep their corners straight.

That scintillating movement should come as no surprise. Missakian infuses his works with so much rhythm. Such vibrant colors. How could it be otherwise?

In his paintings, pianos thump jazz on the edge of awareness. Brilliant flowerpots gallop on tables. Glasses caper around wine bottles. Even houses - by nature so disciplined, so still - beat time right down to their root cellars. The music of Missakian's art runs wild, peaking at 10 on the Richter scale.

See it. Hear it. Believe it!

Louis - P. de Montreuil, Magazin'Art, Montreal, Canada

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Think Matisse, Derain, Picasso, Braque and Disney. Then jumble them together. The result is a satisfying "pot au feu" of bubbling and whimsical images cunningly and decoratively arranged by Berge Missakian.

Missakian integrates the many influences that are part of his creative powers, producing works of boundless energy and quirky charm. Exuberant, organic, colorful and vibrant, his paintings and silkscreens become luxuriant and sometimes humorous tapestries.

James R. Nelson, Art Critic
The Birmingham NewsBirmingham, Alabama

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Ride on a magic carpet of romance as you escape into Missakian's paintings.''

S. Fenner MacDougall, Columnist, The London Free Press
London, Canada

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Missakian constructs his canvases with sober yet skillful composition, transgressing the limits of reality. Then, little by little, the movement of the lines begins to contradict the abstraction of the forms, while maintaining a persistent relationship with figuration. Then rather brutally, the color explodes, or rather is literally expelled from the fibers of the canvas.

Gaston Roberge, Art CriticParcours
Montreal, Canada

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People were standing in line to get in before Montreal artist Berge Missakian's exhibition opened at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head on November 1. Within the first hour, 25 of the 41 Paintings and Silkscreens were sold.

Mary Ellen Riddle, Art Beat,
The Coast - The Virginian Pilot, Nags Head, NC

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Missakian's intention is not so much to astonish as to surprise. It is as though each stroke of his brush has its own raison d' être. Nothing is fortuitous and although the details in some of his paintings are often spontaneous, they seem to come right off a musical staff.

Louis Bruens, Art Critic

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Missakian's paintings are ultimately emblematic - they are like resplendent flags or banners which proclaim the startling potential of ordinary objects and familiar visual experience - transformed, intensified, ennobled by the alchemy of his artistic discernment and penetrating visual refinement.

Ted Lindberg, Freelance arts writer and independent curator
Anacortes, Washington

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