Giant Brushstroke Paintings Imagine a Future Where Nature Reclaims Urban Environments

Brushstrokes in Time Paintings by David Ambarzumjan

Munich-based David Ambarzumjan is known for his surreal landscape paintings that depict two distinct time periods on one canvas. His ongoing series, titled Brushstrokes in Time, sees present-day scenes with giant, contrasting brushstrokes that sweep through the composition and act as a portal to a previous time. “This collection,” Ambarzumjan explains, “showcases how both the force of nature and humanity shaped our planet in sometimes beautiful but also devastating ways.”

While his previous paintings illustrate the past, Ambarzumjan’s latest works explore future, post-apocalyptic realities. In one painting, titled Recover, the outer edges of the canvas depict a rainy city at night. However, Ambarzumjan’s signature, central brushstroke contains a world where nature has taken back control. A family of deer are depicted thriving in a green terrain, where plants and trees have taken over buildings and roads. In another work, titled Zebra Crossing, a dark, urban scene is interrupted by a glimpse of a post-societal world. A lone zebra crosses where a city pedestrian crossing once was.

Whether he’s looking to the past or imagining the present, Ambarzumjan’s paintings celebrate our resilient planet’s diversity. He tells My Modern Met, “The nature around us is so colorful yet different wherever we are on this planet. It’s hard to believe that all this originated from nothing but dust in outer space.”

Check out some paintings from the Brushstrokes in Time series below and find more from Ambarzumjan’s portfolio on his website.

Painter David Ambarzumjan’s Brushstrokes in Time series explores how Earth’s landscape changes over time.

Brushstrokes in Time Paintings by David Ambarzumjan

Recover

His scenes are interrupted with giant, contrasting brushstrokes that sweep through the composition and act as a portal to a previous time.

Brushstrokes in Time Paintings by David Ambarzumjan

Stray

His latest works explore future, post-apocalyptic realities where nature has taken back control of cities.

Brushstrokes in Time Paintings by David Ambarzumjan

Stray

Brushstrokes in Time Paintings by David Ambarzumjan

Stray

His imaginary scenes celebrate our resilient planet’s diversity.

Brushstrokes in Time Paintings by David Ambarzumjan

Hazy Notion

Brushstrokes in Time Paintings by David Ambarzumjan

Zebra Crossing

Brushstrokes in Time Paintings by David Ambarzumjan

Zebra Crossing

Brushstrokes in Time Paintings by David Ambarzumjan

Zebra Crossing

Brushstrokes in Time Paintings by David Ambarzumjan

Sharks in Montmartre

Brushstrokes in Time Paintings by David Ambarzumjan

Sharks in Montmartre

Brushstrokes in Time Paintings by David Ambarzumjan

Watershed

Brushstrokes in Time Paintings by David Ambarzumjan

Breach

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by David Ambarzumjan.

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