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Technical virtuosity and dream imagery highlight exhibit at the Abbot Library

Posted by boston.com  September 24, 2013 10:00 AM

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"The Magic of Lines": Mixed Media Paintings by Grigor Grigoryants will be on view at the Abbot Public Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery, from Thursday, October 3rd through Thursday, October 24th. There will be a public reception for the exhibit on Saturday, October 5th, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.  All are welcome!

Graphic and fine artist Grigor Grigoryants has developed a unique mixed-medium drawing technique which includes, but is not limited to, India ink, feather, and water color on paper. His creative style is a distinctive accumulation of graphic imagery connected by a thread of fantastic connections. 

The artist's work shows his mastery of professional technical skills, as well as great sophistication. His art reveals balance and unity through the expression of juxtaposed figurative imagery.

Grigor Grigoryants was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia, into a family of musicians and artists. Even in his early childhood, he showed remarkable artistic talent. After graduating high school, he enrolled in art school, where he mastered painting on porcelain and ceramics. In 1991, he graduated from the Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute, with a major in the fine arts. 

In 1987, Grigor had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Children's Art, Yerevan, Armenia. He later participated in several group exhibitions organized by the Museum of Modern Art of Yerevan, where he supervised the graphics department and planned and organized its exhibitions in various foreign countries. Later in 1993, Grigor moved to Moscow, Russia, where he designed postcards and illustrated children's fairy tales for several publishers. Thereafter, he worked as an art director in the "Megapolis" magazine, where an editorial article was written featuring his art. 

From 1998 to 2005, he participated in various exhibitions in the Central House of Artists, in Moscow, Russia.  During these years, he also presented a solo exhibition at “Gallery A.” 

Grigor's artwork can be found in private collections across the world, in places such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yerevan, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Dusseldorf, New York, Klosterneuburg, and Trentino. 

From 2003 to 2010, Grigor directed his creative energy towards interior design. He designed and oversaw the completion of many residential and office premises. 

At the end of 2010, Grigor emigrated to the United States. For a little over a year, he lived in New York, where he successfully sold several paintings. In December 2011, inspired by a trip to Boston and the surrounding area, he moved to Saugus, MA, where he now presently resides. 
You can visit Grigor’s website at www.grigorart.com.

Artist’s Statement: “For as long as I remember, painting has been my passion. My primary medium of expressing the world around me is a graphic multi-medium painting technique, which took many years to develop. My passion is to abstract my dreams, thoughts and inspirations. 

I never think ahead of what it is I will be painting. The subject is born in the process, completely spontaneously, from somewhere within the depths of my inner world. [The] most important aspect of creating is finding the right inspiration, which is dependent on the mood, the people surrounding us, the love that levitates around us, nature, and of course, music. The most significant influence in my art has always been music; it is the key in my process of painting. Music is what drives my thoughts and ideas forward. I see my art as an abstraction of the complexity of life that surrounds us in a flow of sounds and color; however, it is impossible to fully explain, even for myself, how it all comes together."

The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. For additional information, please call 781-631-1481 or visit www.abbotlibrary.org.

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