Armando Alemdar Ara is a neomodernist painter born in Macedonia. Also an art historian, he has published some papers on art history and the philosophy of art.
He describes neomodernism as “a movement in art that espouses spiritual and aesthetic values in art.”
In his words, “A Neomodernist picture manifests the Idea in the Hegelian sense meaning the Absolute, the spiritual presence in a work of art. Neomodernism precedes and supersedes post-modernism.”
That is a strong statement, isn’t it? So I became curios. I wanted to learn more about the movement that fully replaces postmodernism in art.
I found quite a detailed manifesto of the movement, from several sources. More often than not, the choice of words describing each entry in that manifesto is escaping me.
I found this article called “A DIALECTICAL PHILOSOPHY OF ART” on his website and I had a quick look. It is linking Hegel and Marx into a fabric of big words which may or may not mean anything for you but they surely don’t speak to me. So, I have stopped. I have to admit it was more more than I can internalize.
But that’s nothing. When I found about Armando (from the Graham Fine Art Gallery) I was quite impressed by the striking beauty of his paintings. And that first impression no words can wash away. The unexpected combination between strong hues and delicate shapes, fading into each other is very pleasing to the eye.
Yes, there are ideas being expressed by the unfamiliar, even ambiguous figures that show up in all his works.
Maybe those ideas are not so clear to me but they are producing a strong an effect onto me. They are, simply put, beautiful.
I have read that the human eye is more apt to see the brightness over hue. This is probably one reason I love the high contrast on some of his works.
Enough words. I have selected some paintings from his website for you to enjoy.
I find them indeed extraordinary. I hope you will too.