bi-zarre [bih-zahr]

markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange; odd

Artist Summary

Jack Azar is a Lebanese-American born artist from Santa Barbara, California. He experienced a moment of self-awakening in 2002 – an already existing reality emerging with the aid of scissors and glue. Referred to as Azar Bizarre, his body of work is an ensemble of images obtained from magazines, collecting and reconstructing them to create art with a unique point of view. Magazines have become a valuable source of inspiration for his creativity.

Azar Bizarre is partially intended to make viewers feel uncomfortable, distorting images that are understood to be interpreted a certain way. The work takes his audience on a curious adventure, a similar journey encountered while creating the work itself. This consists of liberating images in his studio that have been mounted amongst other pages, destined as icons of consumerism and featured articles. The message behind each piece is intended to stir emotion, causing the viewer to get closer and examine the work more thoughtfully. Jack’s work is humorous, playful, and a bit irreverent, providing a refreshing perspective by manipulating images society has grown accustomed to identifying as ‘normal’. “Azar Bizarre is a reinvention of preexisting elements combined to make up a fantasy, whimsical distortion of reality,” says Jack.  “Welcome to my world.”

Jack attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles where he received his degree in apparel manufacturing and design. He also backpacked Europe for three months, and acquired skills to photograph his love of landscape. He currently resides in his hometown as a third-generation Santa Barbara resident.