Ethan Azarian  - Painter and Muralist

I was born and raised in Cabot, Vermont where I enjoyed growing up in a creative environment.  Both my parents are artists so growing up I was surrounded by music and art.  It never really occurred to me that I could or would do anything else.  My brothers and I were influenced and encouraged by our parents. We also had the advantage of growing up without TV on a farm in rural Vermont where imagination and creativity were readily available.  My parents were part of the back to the land movement that happened back in the 1960's and 1970's in Vermont. The green mountains, farmhouses, barns, cows, chickens, sheep, apples, pears, coffee cups and chairs are the subject matter for many of my paintings.  My love for cities is a result of taking long train rides late at night to visit my grandparents in Washington DC, passing through cities on the East Coast.  It was very romantic for a kid growing up on a farm in rural Vermont. Frequently you can see a city tucked away somewhere in the paintings. Later on I was influenced by the usual famous suspects: Dali, Van Gogh, Monet, Andrew Wyeth and Warhol. Not that I wanted to or could ever hope to paint like them.  They were more a source of inspiration.  

In my mid-twenties I moved from Vermont to Austin, Texas where I continue to paint and perform music. I have made my living as a professional artist in Austin for twenty years, selling my work out of my home and studio the In House Gallery.  I have enjoyed working large scale in recent years and have painted a growing number of murals in Austin, including most recently a mural project titled Migration for the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places TEMPO program.  I have also worked with First Night Austin (and later Austin’s New Year) to create large-scale interactive installations for the New Year’s Celebration. 

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