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thumb Ananian_Finishing_a_WhiskeyMichael Ananian brings his painting exhibit to Tennessee Tech University’s Joan Derryberry Art Gallery April 7 through 24.

Described as a gritty realist, Ananian’s style is a fusion of visual and psychological elements. He scars, builds, destroys and rebuilds his paintings to embody the mental state of the people in his portraits.

With his use of bold paint handling and execution, Ananian focuses on nuance of form and description to tell stories through his art. His narrative paintings have been exhibited across the country.

Ananian received his bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island School of Design and his master’s degree from Yale University. He is an associate professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

A reception and talk will be held at 4:30 p.m. April 24 in the gallery.

Ananian’s exhibit is sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage, which is made possible by the university’s general education fund. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

The Derryberry Art Gallery is on the first floor of TTU’s Roaden University Center, 1000 N. Dixie Ave.