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Opening of "The Color of Freedom" by Artist Shanoor Held at Shimmery Gallery

The opening of artist Shanoor's art exhibition was on Saturday April 22, 2006 at Shimmery Gallery, Munster Indiana. "The Color of Freedom" is a collection of twenty-eight paintings and prints currently being exhibited. The exhibition will be on display at the Shimmery from April 22 till May 22 20006.

Munster, Indiana (PRWEB) April 30, 2006 -- Shanoor has created an incredible body of work that is a tribute to this nations dreams and aspirations! Shanoor's latest visual tribute to freedom has impacted on all who view his work. The heart of the Color of Freedom lies in those who lived, breathed and died for the freedom of expression and democracy that we hold dear today.

By taking these icons and framing them in the light and perspective of this modern era, Shanoor draws the general conceptions of these figures away to allow the viewer a deeper empathic understanding. Among the plethora of color were the four major attractions, spanning back through time Jefferson, Lincoln, Elvis and Martin Luther King Jr., greeted the public with colors reflecting their passion. In his unique vision Shanoor saw each icon standing on the shoulders of another. Jefferson and the Founding fathers are the bedrock of expression, that Lincoln stood upon and defended this country beside in spirit.

Martin Luther King Jr. stood upon Lincoln's abolishment to refine equality, while Elvis used them all to throw off the shackles of musical censorship. In each painting an untold number of emotions lay in scintillation as the colors used to create them, and those who gathered at the opening felt the blend of passion and reverence that tempered Shanoors hand. We hope that all who are able to look upon them draw as much compassion and healing from them as was felt on the opening eve.

To view this unique exhibition visit Shimmery Gallery locatded at 435 Ridge Road Munster, IN 46321 or call 219-923-0906

"Tranquil" 2002
Acrylic of canvas, 36"x48"

Armenian artist paints through anxiety of 9/11
By Carolina Procter - Post Tribune staff writer
The concept of freedom has intrigued Shanoor Devarj ever since
it was threatened by the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"Nine-11 gave us all a slap to wake up," said the Munster painter.
"The art I'm doing right now, the basis of it comes from surrealism
and anxiety."
One of the red-white and blue-streaked pieces called "Tranquil"
reflects his difficulty accepting the fact that two airplanes destroyed
the World Trade Center. "I could not stand the fact that those huge (buildings) would come crumbling down like small pasta pieces,"
he said. "The steel so powerful became something so liquid."
Another painting titled "Two Stars" represents two cultures clashing,
such as Western and Middle Easter.
"Whatever your beliefs are, you can survive together by respecting one another's points of view," he said. Devarj was born in Armenia and moved
to the Unitd States in 1975. He studied advertising design in London and studied film at the Art Intitute of Chicago. He has owned a marketing
firm in Munster, Devarj Associates, for 21 years.
What: "Freedom Series" by Shanoor Devarj
When: May 15 to June 30; opening reception, noon to 3 p.m. May 15
Where: Chalet Gallery of Fine Art, 7502 Lake Shore Drive, No. 1, Cedar Lake



Founders' Award "ReentryFusion" Painting 60"x48"

Salon Show
 received William J. Bachman prestigious award through the
60th annual SALON SHOW at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts,
Northern Indiana Art Association.
The MCA juror Mr. Michael Rooks selected only 45-50 artworks out of
400 entries of which three are 's paintings. 
The opening of the show is this Sunday September 7th through
November 23, 2003

"Star Landscape" acrylic on canvas size: 24"x30" 2002-'03

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Artist explores the post-9/11 universe by Tim Shellberg

Like many artist, the terrorist attacks had a profound impact on Shanoor's work. "Other than the horrific event itself, what it did was made me sad," he said. "It brought the human factor down into animal factor. I thought a better way to come out of this was, as an artist, to say that we are all the same."

More than 20 of the artist's works, on display at the Atrium Gallery of Wesemann Hall on the campus of Valparaiso University, will be the focus of a lecture given by Shanoor on Thursday. Presented by the university's college of law, Shanoor's discussion regarding his exhibit, "Toto Coelo - Extreme Conditions," is scheduled for Thursday at 4p.m.

Born in the Middle East and educated in London, Shanoor has been an artist since he was a child in the mid-1950s. In London, he studied advertising, but switched to film when coming to Chicago to study at the School of the Art Institute.

He immediately fell in love whith the Windy City, and remains in awe of it some three decades after first arriving.

"Chicago is awesome, awesome, awesome," he said. It's too cold sometimes, but it's got the energy that I need."

After more than a decade of working as a graphic designer at prestigious agencies such as Leo Burnett and pursuing his art when he's off the clock, Shanoor, along with his wife, Sylva, formed their own agency, Devarj Associates. The advertising and design company celebrated its two-decade anniversary last year.

Yet Shanoor, who moved to Munster a decade ago, has never put his paintbrushes down for long. His works have adorned walls everywhere from Northwestern University to the Borders bookstore on Chicago's Michigan Avenue to the Jacob Javitz Center in Manhattan. He also has submitted works in the past for the Northern Indiana Arts Association's Salon Show.

"I'm a proponent of the acrylic medium," Shanoor said. "It's an incredible molecular structure that has a better resistance to change ... it dries fast, so you have to have strong ideas. You can play with it here and there a little bit, though."

Resistance to change is a running theme in "Toto Coelo," which Shanoor said in Latin for "total extreme conditions." Having created works in the past around heavy topics such as AIDS and breast cancer, Shanoor said that his art reflects his desire to change his world in the post 9/11 universe, both as human being and an artist.

"I accept change and my art tries to change," he said. "What happened with Sept. 11 was the floodgates were open with both people who wanted to change and with people who didn't want to change ... when you have a half that tries to change and another half that doesn't try to change, you have two ideologies clashing together."

"Toto coelo" is scheduled to run at the Atrium Gallery at Wesemann Hall through March 1. For Shanoor, exhibiting this body of work in a college setting such as Vallparaiso is fundamental.

"To me, this is the right venue, because that's where our future is," Shanoor said. "The hope starts with our younger generation. The new ideas, they start with our younger generation as well."


Commemorate 9/11 at Borders on Michigan Ave

Chicago Artist Shanoor Captures The Spirit of This Nations Dreams Through "Celebrate Freedom" Paintings

After the tragic events of September 11, the Chicago artist Shanoor was compelled to find a way to express his outrage and anger at the arrogance of the terrorist attacks. Shanoor began an impassioned exploration into national solidarity by embracing the strong symbolism of the American flag. With a strong graphic urgency Shanoor expresses his joy, grief, hope, strength and powerful feelings for unity using both traditional media and digital manipulation of the American flag. "Ascent," "Implosion," "Guiding light," "Target Freedom," and "Triumph of the Human Spirit," titles of a few of the paintings and prints, are evidence of the profound nature of Shanoor's meditation on freedom.

"Celebrate Freedom" paintings and prints by artist SHANOOR will be exhibited at Boarders on Michigan Avenue across from WaterTower starting September 2nd through October 31st, 2002 to commemorate September 11. Collectors, Individuals, Galleries, Organizations and Corporate Investors are welcome to view the show.

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