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 Id invented it.
The technique may not be original, but Gadigians artworks are, as you'll see if you stop in the Somers Library this month, where around 40 of his pieces are on exhibit.
Ive always been interested in science fiction fantasy, so I just began painting planets and space and landscapes and stars. Ive 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. Its a real creative outlet for me, he explained. I play lacrosse at school and I cant exactly be creative when I play. Theres no time for heavy thinking.
Among Gadigians other interests are competitive rock-climbing, playing the guitar and speed-cubing. What is speed-cubing? Its doing Rubiks Cube as fast as you can.
Rubiks 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 Gadigians life. I use anywhere from three to 15 colors in the course of painting, he said. I like to use a variety. If I didnt keep the colors moving, Id get bored.
Gadigans spray-paint celestial works and abstracts will be on exhibit at the Somers Library through the end of September. An artists reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
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