HowardScottGallery is pleased to announce the opening-on Thursday, 21 February-of the Louisiana-based painter, Hasmig Vartanian's Recent Paintings.
Ms Vartanian's sensibility as an artist was importantly influenced by her environments as a child.Born in Haifa, Israel in 1946 and of Armenian descent, she grew up in Beirut, Lebanon until emigrating to the United States in 1959.In a recent artist's statement, she notes the "tremendous influence" that her childhood in the Middle East had on her ideas about art."The use of decoration, the textured surfaces shaped by dead languages, and the worn, faded colors of ancient civilizations on classic architectonic forms have been a constant in my work from the beginning."
Sometimes the low reliefs of her pieces border on sculpture but she is a painter, not a sculptor. The wall is a sanctuary not a prison.The work is about subdued formalism; not the making of objects.If there is an element of illusionism in her paintings, it is the trompe-l'oeill effect of materials appearing to be something other than what they are; for example wood that looks like cloth, paper that looks like leather or ceramic tiles.
Although the artist'swork has been most widely seen in Louisianasince she began exhibiting publicly in the early 80s, she has had solo exhibitions in Atlanta (1995) and in Zurich (2002), and her work was seen in London in a thematic exhibition curated by Edward Lucie-Smith in 1996. The forthcoming solo exhibition at Howard Scott are of relatively intimate scale and involving the application of oil paint, layering with paper collage elements.
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Receptionfor the artist:Thursday,21 February,from six to eight