When he received the announcement that the Pantone Color Institute had selected as its color of the year a tint described as Viva Magenta 18-1750, artist and author Aberjhani thought it was a tribute to popular Fine Art America artist VIVA Anderson. He later learned there was no connection between the two.
However, certain characteristics used to describe the color matched many of his reflections on Anderson’s art. That was reason enough, he decided, to create his own tribute to the artist on FAA at url: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/viva-magenta-skies-with-ruby-red-apple-heart-aberjhani.html?newartwork=true .
“I wasn’t sure I agreed with the Pantone Color Institute’s descriptions of their chosen color as ‘audacious, full of wit and inclusive of all,” said Aberjhani, “but I was sure I often felt that way when viewing different works by VIVA Anderson are reading her inspiring comments on art created by others. There were more statements in the announcement which made me think of her work in different forms and styles as well.”
In addition to his tribute to Anderson, titled “VIVA Magenta Skies with Ruby Red Apple Heart,” to further experiment with the subject color he created another piece titled “Majestic Magenta with Heart of Gold.” When asked how he was able to do these so quickly, he answered, “It only seems quick. I always have a number of artworks in progress waiting for the right idea to come along before I finish it. In this case, for two prints it turned out to be the announcement of the 2023 color of year.”
In regard to the selected color itself, he added: “It’s definitely an intriguing choice. I’m not going to claim I duplicated it exactly in my new posts on FAA but I had a lot of fun trying to get there.”
In addition to having been a member of FAA and maintained an artsite on Pixels.com since 2017, Aberjhani is a member of the Savannah Artists Association and featured cover artist for the 2022 Flannery O’Connor Review.
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Of the eight collectible works of art by Aberjhani published exclusively in the 2022 anniversary edition of the Flannery O’Connor Review, two have been made available for purchase in different print formats on the artist’s Fine Art America.com profile and his Pixels.com website.
The available prints include: the cover image fine art digital painting titled Sermon in the Valley of Broken Angels, and the fine art digital photo-painting called: View of the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist from the 15th Floor of DeSoto Hotel in Savannah, GA, June 18, 2021.
“I went with these particular prints,” said Aberjhani, “because of responses to them from people who have the 2022 Flannery O’Connor Review. I don’t oppose auctioning off limited numbers of original prints, but in this case I wanted to make a couple of popular images accessible to as many people as possible at affordable prices and in different gift formats.”
List of Artworks
The 2022 FLOC Review (published by Georgia College in Milledgeville, Ga. USA) contains a full 8-page section which includes a profile of the artist, poetry by him, and the previously noted artwork. Most of the artwork is in the Silk-Featherbrush Artstyle created by the artist-author. In addition to the images already named, others are as follows:
“Some of the titles are direct references to books or stories by O’Connor,” said Aberjhani. “The collection of art published in the review as a whole is meant to serve as part of my multi-media commentaries on the author’s life and writings. The visual part of those commentaries began with the Flannery O’Connor and Converging Grace collection.”
What is not included in the collection or the review is the artwork used for the cover of his book, Greeting Flannery O’Connor at the Back Door of My Mind, as well as several images reserved for possible exhibits. However, in addition to his artwork, the special edition includes a corresponding poem by the artist titled “History and Prophets’ Prerogatives,” which until now has only been available as part of a limited set of fine art poster prints.
For more please read: Art and Language Make an Exceptional Kind of History.
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Savannah, Georgia-born author Aberjhani has been included among the authors invited to participate in his hometown’s Local Author Day on March 27, 2022, from 1-4 p.m., in Lafayette Square downtown across from the historic Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. The event is free and open to the public.
Aberjhani’s works as a writer, and editor, include: memoirs, fiction, poetry, and history ranging from titles on the Harlem Renaissance to volumes on Savannah during the Civil War.
He has also in recent years won recognition as an artist and photographer. One of his most notable image series was created in support of efforts to change the name of the Eugene Talmadge Bridge due to its association with white supremacy. Much of his art in general reflects different social, political, and spiritual concerns.
“Like pretty much everybody else, I’ve had to cancel different appearances over the past couple of years because of the pandemic,” said Aberjhani, “so hopefully Local Author Day can help me make up for some of those missed dates while also supporting what has become a major cultural arts happening.”
He added that due to ongoing supply chain issues, copies of his newest works are limited and readers wishing to purchase books or artwork should arrive early to do so.
Local Author Day began in 2013. Writers sign and sell their works for the occasion by invitation only. In addition to giving readers the opportunity to interact with area writers, the event also features the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Parade, in recognition of O’Connor’s birth in Savannah and her worldwide literary influence. These and other activities help generate funds to support the nonprofit O’Connor Home’s various public programs. It is sponsored by the Home in partnership with The Book Lady Bookstore.
“It’s really good to see Savannahians paying tribute to a literary icon like O’Connor,” said Aberjhani, “and I look forward to the day we see comparable acknowledgements in the city of James Alan McPherson. He was another Savannah-born cultural arts hero who happens to have been the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and whose writings remain influential.”
In the event of inclement weather on March 27, Local Author Day will take place April 3rd. For more information please email the Book Lady at Books@thebookladybookstore.com or phone 912-233-3628.
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