Sep 1st –
Sep 30th, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday 6-9pm, September 1st, 2017
Ashot Petrosyan is a contemporary artist from Armenia, currently working in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Ashot works with oil but also with mixed media and photography. To start with, he makes figures from a clay or chooses an ordinary object to work with. He paints the figure in a composition with a background. Lastly the takes the photograph, all the apparition printed on an aluminum to create the gorgeous mixed media. His oil paints are simpler, more traditional, but with the same dedication and warmth.
Ashot was born in Armenia, a mountainous country located in Armenian Highlands, 6185 miles away from Raleigh in south Caucasus, in a small village named Kajaran. Armenia, part of former USSR, is an independent country now, proud if its history and rich traditions, delicious pomegranates and apricots, chess world champions, but mostly of prominent armenians – Arshile Gorky, Martiros Saryan, Ivan Aivazovsky, Aram Khachaturyan, Sergei Parajanov and William Saroyan, to name only few.
As a little boy Ashot spent entire summers with his grandparents shepherding the goats high in the mountains, eating organic berries and special armenian bread called Lavash, made on fire (Smithsonian has a how to bake authentic Armenian Lavash video if interested), interacting and absorbing all the beauty and liveliness of the nature. All this will later be reflected in his art.
Later Ashot moved to capital of Armenia, Yerevan, with stone buildings and busy life, he got a degree in chemical engineering, started a family with Rita, raised two children (Frunze and Narine), changed many jobs, eventually starting his own business. However, his childhood memories were always warming up and fueling the chambers of his heart, you cannot escape from your artistic self. You can leave the mountains but mountains never really leave you. Being from a generation of artists, his heart filled up one day, and everything he harbors in it, poured into his artwork. He started to paint and to do professional photography. His first exhibition in Yerevan was inspiring and the development of the artist burgeoned.
If you look closely, you can see everything in his art: his grandmother baking bread, sun lighting up the valley, pomegranates bursting with life. And you can’t step away from his work without feeling that you just traveled with him to Kajaran, small village in Southern Armenia, and maybe returned a better you.
See a small selection of his work below