Nishan Akgulian’s artwork is a product of his love of gestural drawing and the minimalist aesthetic. Combining expressive brush strokes and lines with carefully designed abstract shapes he always strives to give a visual energy to every image he creates.

Nishan is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Fine Arts where he received a BFA in graphic communications. He currently resides in New York City.

Nishan’s work has appeared in numerous national and international magazines, advertising campaigns and corporate publications. He has done nearly 100 greeting cards for Marcel Schurman Fine Papers (Papyrus) and Graphique de France, and has been included in numerous industry illustration annuals, including Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, Print magazine and American Illustration. His artwork has been exhibited in several juried group shows in New York City, New England and the Midwest. His hobbies include playing the dumbek (Middle Eastern hand drum) and the oud (Middle Eastern lute.)

Partial client list includes: The New Yorker, The New York Times, Fitness Magazine, United Airlines Hemispheres Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Macaulay Honors College / City University of New York, Fidelity Investments, Macy's, Home Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Bas Bleu Booksellers, Connecticut Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Versteel Furniture Company, Marcel Schurman (Papyrus), Graphique de France, Smart Money, Entrepreneur, California Water Service, Vanderbilt Alumni University, Ceridian Corp., AXA Financial, TIAA-CREF, Friskies, Odyssey Re, F&W Publications, Risk Management, Lipitor, Time Inc. Custom Publishing, Forbes, Massachusetts Financial Services, Deutsche Bank, Lands' End, Seimans, Olive Garden, UPS, Golf Magazine, Citibank, Crane Paper, Smurfit-Stone, Chief Executive, Sprint, Wausau Paper, Monsanto, Häagen-Dazs, Prevention Magazine, Sesame Street Parents, Cooking Light, Major League Baseball

Online interviews with Nishan Akgulian:

Q&A: Nishan Akgulian | Bas Bleu Bluestocking Salon

Weldon Owen Spotlight On: Illustrator Nishan Akgulian