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Hasmig VARTANIAN   
April 29 - May 29, 2004
Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to announce the opening  -  on Thursday, 29 April  -  of the Louisiana-based painter, Hasmig Vartanian’s debut one-person exhibition in New York City.

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.”  In a perceptive review* of an exhibition in New Orleans of nine constructed paintings (made in 1999-2000), the critic, Janet Koplos, noted that a clue to Vartanian’s having begun her life as an artist in weaving is found in observing “her deep feeling for tactility”.  

In departing from the use of wood, which was a major component in the constructed works, she returned to paper as her principal support material  -  though continuing the alternating processes of addition and subtraction.  “I liked the way that I could mold and manipulate the paper to a greater degree than I could the wood, and I felt that I had more freedom in painting the paper than the wood”.   She continues in announcing herself  “a painter, not a sculptor”.  

Although the artist’s  work has been most widely seen in Louisiana  since 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 of works on paper  -  of relatively intimate scale and involving the application of oil paint,  layering with paper collage elements, and sewing  -  follows her participation in the Dec 2002/Jan 2003 exhibition,  Works on Paper: Five Artists,  in which her works were much admired by other artists and laypersons,  most of whom were encountering her work for the first time.  
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