Exhibition Dates: Sep 1-Sep 30
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 he 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.