“Summer Memories” – Copyright Hessam Abrishami 2017
STONE HARBOR – Ocean Galleries welcomes Hessam Abrishami to Stone Harbor for Labor Day weekend when he brings his newest collection of paintings, drawings and sketches to the Jersey Shore.
For years, Hessam Abrishami has provided the world with images that capture an essence of love. The Persian artist, known simply as Hessam, developed a passion for art at a young age, when a high school teacher encouraged and inspired the 15-year-old to explore his innate talent. He became obsessed with painting, receiving his first award at 17 years of age, then winning top honors in an all-country student competition. At 19 years old, he received first place honors in the “Iranian New Artists Competition,” and went on to receive many other national and international honors.
Hessam studied art in Italy, completing his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at the Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vanucci. Greatly influenced by modern Masters from Cezanne to Picasso, as well as the rich ancient history surrounding him in his childhood, Hessam developed a style of boldly colorful paintings that are filled with love and laughter, music and dance.
Hessam’s dynamic compositions, powerful expressions and vibrant colors have captivated viewers around the world with their amazing depth and unique intrigue. Hessam has exhibited the ability to fascinate and disarm an audience with his artistic works. His paintings are greatly influenced by his dramatic life experiences and the warm acceptance he has received from the world at large.
Hessam has over 20,000 private collectors worldwide and has exhibited his art in Europe, Asia and North America, participating in nearly 30 international exhibitions and showing his works in many museums. Hessam also received an Honorary Doctorate in 2007 from American Liberty University (California) commemorating his achievements in fine arts. Hessam’s art has also been colorfully illustrated in various Ivy League University textbooks nationwide.
The “Hessam Abrishami – Colors of Romance” exhibit will be at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, beginning Friday, Sept. 1 through Wednesday, Sept. 6 and will include a new collection of paintings, drawings and sketches. Hessam Abrishami will make special gallery appearances to meet guests and dedicate and sign purchased artwork from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 3.
In addition to an extraordinary collection of artwork and custom-framing, Ocean Galleries also offers a variety of handmade crafts from local, regional and national artists. All summer exhibitions take place at the Stone Harbor location, open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Sunday, Sept. 3. Beginning Sept. 4, the Stone Harbor gallery closes at 5 p.m. daily. The Avalon location, 2199 Ocean Dr., is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. For more information, call (609) 368-7777 or visit oceangalleries.com.