6:30 pm — 9:00 pm
Alfa Art Gallery
108 Church Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901 United States
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Exhibition Duration: September 1, 2022October 23, 2022

Virtual Opening Reception: September 13, 2022 6:30pm  

In-Person Reception: September 16, 2022 6:30pm 

On Tuesday, September 13th, the walls of Alfa Art gallery will be gracefully displaying Iliyan Ivanov’s solo exhibition “The Way Things Come About.” 

Cascades of free-flowing shapes, vivid hues, and fractalized lines are transformed into surreal set-pieces through the artwork of Bulgarian-born artist Iliyan Ivanov. Through rough brushstrokes and overlapping layers of opaque paint, Ivanov creates chaotic compositions that invite the eye to discover patterns through intimate observation. In his past works, Ivanov played with how spatial relationships between objects can change a viewer’s interpretation.

In this exhibition entitled “The Way Things Come About, Ivanov fully commits to this exploration of abstraction through his expressive, carefully constructed paintings. Through a series of six panels, Ivanov illustrates the visual diaries of three children, aged nine, twelve, and sixteen, that he met through his work as a child psychiatrist. Ivanov experiments with gestural brush strokes and varied color schemes to try and illustrate specific feelings and memories that provide insights into the lives of his patients. The resulting works are a mixture of figurative and abstract art that draws inspiration from the works of Joseph Stefanelli and Julian Schnabel. Across the series, Ivanov employs a series of juxtapositions, such as feelings of the movement against the static nature of the painted image, gray backgrounds against swirls of saturated pigments, and patches of paint scratched through to reveal the blank slate of unprimed canvas underneath. He contrasts bright, overlapping streaks of blue, green, red, and orange against patches of muted brown tones to capture both the intense turmoil and joy that takes place in the tumultuous lives of his patients. These paintings act as raw expressions of Ivanov’s patient’s emotions through the use of color, movement, and space. Ivanov has participated in a multitude of one-man shows and exhibitions, including here at Alfa Art Gallery. We invite you to walk through Ivanov’s collection and experience the stories captured within Ivanov’s abstract works.   


Gallery Opening Reception:

Alfa Art Gallery will be holding virtual opening reception and in-person opening reception as an open event.  The links to this opening can be found on Alfa Art Gallery’s Website and all social media closer to exhibition opening.   The links to this opening can be found on Alfa Art Gallery’s Website and all social media closer to exhibition opening.  

Alfa’s staff and interns are working to keep all visitors safe and healthy and have implemented safety measures along with the CDC guidelines. These include wearing face masks indoors, maintaining limited capacity, and providing a clean and safe environment.  


About Alfa Art Gallery 

The Alfa Art Gallery is a non-profit organization devoted to the discovery, growth, and support of emerging and established artists. Since we opened our doors in 2008, we have worked to achieve this goal through exhibitions and events held at our gallery over the years. Currently the most successful has been our oldest and most prestigious program, the New Brunswick Art Salon. Drawing inspiration from the traditional art salons of the 18th and 19th centuries, we have used these events to connect talented artists with the New Brunswick public. Since the program’s inception in 2010, the New Brunswick Art Salon has helped to enrich the community through its art. We believe that visual art is a universal form of expression that can bridge cultural gaps and provide a forum where diverse perspectives can be shared and appreciated. Our mission is to support emerging and well-established artists by increasing the exposure of their works, providing professional critics, as well as connecting our artists to all local, national, and international communities.  


Alfa Art Gallery is sponsored by the following:  

  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • Merck Pharmaceutical 
  • Magyar Bank 
  • Amboy Bank 
  • New Brunswick City Center   
  • Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission  




September 16, 2022
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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Galina Kourteva
(732) 296-6720
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