Miran Elbakyan and Jason Marlow at Circle Craft Gallery, April 2012

Circle Craft Co-operative is pleased to present Miran Elbakyan’s metal work and “Storytellers” by woodturner, Jason Marlow, in their gallery located in the Net Loft on Granville Island, April 6 – May 1, 2012.

Miran ElbakyanMiran Elbakyan’s whimsical abstract sculptures lean towards surrealism, humour, and surprise. His lines are always in motion, always striving to fly, to dance, to excel, while his imagery is fluent and expressive. Ornamental lacy curtains, made of wrought iron, curl around each other in a sensual tango, transparent and delicate like elaborate filigree, as if dancing in the wind.

Miran began his art education in the studios of Armenian artists. He began as a painter, but when he immigrated to Israel he became acquainted with the best blacksmith artists in the country. He quickly got the feel of the basic blacksmith techniques. Fascinated with the immediacy, elasticity, and flexibility of artistic forging, he decided to dedicate himself to metal work.

Miran moved to British Columbia in 2005. He operates his own studio and gallery in Ladner in the Lower Mainland. He makes all that can be made from wrought iron: iron fences, gates, sconces, candleholders, rails, grills, garden furniture, gazebos, and fireplace accessories, but metal sculptures are among his favourite creations. His contemporary designs sometimes incorporate glass, stone, or wood.

Miran Elbakyan has been a member of Circle Craft since 2009. For more information about Miran, visit: http://www.wroughtironrailinggates.com/