Arthur Sarkissian

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Arthur Sarkissian
Arthur Sarkissian, 2009 from solo exhibition
Born May 11, 1960 (1960-05-11) (age 54)
Yerevan, Armenia
Nationality Armenian
Field Painting
Movement Post Modernism
Works Hurly-burly in the Museum (2006)[1]
One yellow vertical.(2009),[2]

Arthur Sarkissian (born 11 May 1960) is an Armenian artist and painter.[3] He is one of the top twelve artists working now in Armenia.[4]

Biography[change | change source]

Sarkissian was born in 1960 in Gyumri, Armenia and went to the School of Fine Arts there in 1977, then the Armenian Pedagogical University (Drawing) in 1989.[5] He now lives and works in the city of Yerevan in Armenia.[6]

Art[change | change source]

Sarkissian creates abstract art to show and enjoy the post-soviet freedom in Armenia. In 2005 he said that his way of painting was because he wanted to free himself from "Socialist Realism"."[7] His paintings put together oil paint, silkscreen printing, words, photographs and parts of other paintings, and other materials.[8]

His work can be seen in the Public Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Yerevan. Many private collections of art across the world also include his paintings.[9]

Paintings and sculpture[change | change source]

These are some of Sarkissian's works:

  • "Mind Games" (2003), oil painting on canvas, 400 x 400 cm
  • "Evening in the museum" (2005), mixed media on canvas, 95 x 175 cm[6]
  • "20 Pages" (2006), oil painting on canvas, 138 x 118 cm
  • "Three colour stains" (2006), mixed media on canvas, 100 x 80 cm[6]
  • "Closed Session" (2007), mixed media installation[10]
  • "Against Crizis" (2009), oil painting on canvas, 120 x 195 cm

Exhibitions[change | change source]

These exhibitions had only Sarkissian's art work in them:[5]

  • 2009 - "Between The Images",One Gallery, Yerevan,Armenia
  • 2008 – Museum of Modern Art, Yerevan, Armenia
  • 2006 – First Floor Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
  • 2003 – "MIND GAMES", First Floor Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
  • 1998 – JNR Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
  • 1994 – Bossen Cultural Center, Saarbrücken, Germany

Lots of other exhibitions in Europe and America have included Sarkissian's work together with other artists' work, including:[5]

  • 2009 – "Transitional Hypotheses", group exhibition of Armenian-Japanese artists, ACCEA[11]
  • 2008 – "Undercurrent Shifts", Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art[12]
  • 2007 – "Armenian Contemporary Art", Paris, France
  • 2007 – "5 Armenian Artists", Marcel, France
  • 2007 – "Armenian Landscapes in Contemporary Art", EWZ, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2006 – "Art Without Borders", Havana Gallery, Oldenburg, Germany
  • 2005 – Marie Pargas Art Gallery, Asheville, NC, USA
  • 2005 – The Collection Of Viken Makhyan, AGBU Pasadena Center, USA
  • 2005 – "Photo Plus", ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia
  • 2005 – "Armenian Contemporary Art", Harvest Gallery, Glendale, CA, USA[13]
  • 1999 – "Windows to Armenia" and "With Many Voices", Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Illinois, US
  • 1997 – "Dreams & Visions", Art Benefit, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • 1992 – "Armenian Post-Modernism", Moscow, Russia
  • 1992 – "Contemporary Armenian Artists", Gallery Vision, Kassel, Germany
  • 1991 – "Contemporary Art From Armenia", The New Academy Gallery, London, UK
  • 1991 – "New Tendencies in Art", Goyak Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
  • 1989 – "Art of the USSR: The Past 50 Years", Madrid, Spain Catalogues

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Arthur Sarkissian (2006) (in Armenian/Russian). Art'owr Sargsyan. Yerevan: Tigran Mets. p. 85. ISBN 99941-0-173-0 .
  2. "One yellow vertical.2009 oil on canvas,80x120cm". Arthur Sarkissian. http://www.arthursarkissian.com/Paintings/Latest_Paintings/17.html. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
  3. Henrik Igityan (2005) (in English). Armenian Palette – New Generation. Yerevan: Tigran Metz Publishing House. pp. 138–145. ISBN 99941-0-140-4 .
  4. "Armenian Culture". Mixtour. 2006–2009. http://www.mixtour.am/en/VisitingArmenia/ArmeniaInBrief/category24/. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Arthur Sarkissian (2006) (in Armenian/Russian). Art'owr Sargsyan. Yerevan: Tigran Mets. p. 85–86. ISBN 99941-0-173-0 .
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Arthur Sarkissian - Past Auction Results". artnet. 2009. http://www.artnet.com/Artists/LotDetailPage.aspx?lot_id=7C5F174EA8AC1F386EE8220B0D851C17. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
  7. Tamar Sinanian and Taleen Tertzakian (2008). "Art in the Time of Change: Contemporary Art in Armenia". Critics’ Forum. http://www.criticsforum.org/pdf/1201970293.pdf. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
  8. "Almanac". ArtAsiaPacific. 2008-12-30. http://www.aapmag.com/documents/ALM09_Countries-Australia.pdf. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
  9. "Auction Catalog Saturday May 3, 2008". AANTV, Florida. http://www.aantv.com/index.php?page=auction_catalog&showdate=2008-05-03&class=&start_item=210. Retrieved 2009-08-28. (lot 32016)
  10. "ACCEA exhibit seeks to emancipate art from intellectualization". The Armenian Reporter. 2008-10-15. http://www.reporter.am/go/article/2008-10-15-accea-exhibit-seeks-to-emancipate--art-from-intellectualization-. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  11. "Transitional Hypothesis, Armenian-Japanese Exhibition". ACCEA. 4–17 June 2009. http://www.accea.info/images/pdf/pdf7721243854835.pdf. Retrieved 2009-08-29.
  12. "Emancipating art from intellectualization". The Armenian Reporter: C9–C11. 2008-10-18. http://www.reporter.am/pdfs/C101808.pdf. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
  13. "Armenian Contemporary Art at Harvest Gallery May 13 through June 16". Asbarez.com. 2005. http://www.asbarez.com/2005/05/27/armenian-contemporary-art-at-harvest-gallery-may-13-through-june-16/. Retrieved 2009-08-26.