SOMERS, N.Y. ‒ Somers High School junior Tyler Gadigian says he never realized spray-painting was an art form until someone told him. “I just went into my backyard one day and gave it a shot,” he said. “I thought I’d invented it.”
The technique may not be original, but Gadigian’s artworks are, as you'll see if you stop in the Somers Library this month, where around 40 of his pieces are on exhibit.
“I’ve always been interested in science fiction fantasy, so I just began painting planets and space and landscapes and stars. I’ve tried doing other things, like mountains and trees and forests, but I always go back to space,” Gadigian said.
The 16-year-old perfected his technique through a website called www.spacepaintings.com. His “studio” is his own backyard. “It’s a real creative outlet for me,” he explained. “I play lacrosse at school and I can’t exactly be creative when I play. There’s no time for heavy thinking.”
Among Gadigian’s other interests are competitive rock-climbing, playing the guitar and speed-cubing. What is speed-cubing? “It’s doing Rubik’s Cube as fast as you can.”
Rubik’s Cube is a three-dimensional, six-colored puzzle where you pivot the pieces to produce a solid color on each face of the cube.
Color plays an important role in Gadigian’s life. “I use anywhere from three to 15 colors in the course of painting,” he said. “I like to use a variety. If I didn’t keep the colors moving, I’d get bored.”
Gadigan’s spray-paint celestial works and abstracts will be on exhibit at the Somers Library through the end of September. An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome.