Text by Jane Burton
ISBN 9963 621 52 X
Binding softbound with matt lamination
Illustration 28 colour plates
In September 2001 Pharos Publishers produced a
major new monograph on the works of Sarkis Hamalbashian, one of
Armenia’s leading contemporary artists. Sarkis was born in Gyumri
and lives and works in the capital Yerevan. He has had solo
exhibitions in London, Basel and Paris and has participated in group
exhibitions in Russia, Germany, Finland and the USA. His works can
be found in museums and private collections.
The book, entitled simply Sarkis, is a
treatise on the artist’s technique – a neo-expressionist style which
incorporates a compendium of different modes of representation with
a mix of abstract streaks and drips of oil paint, carefully
stenciled outlines, delicate drawings and photographs depicting a
world in turmoil. Images cohere formally, seeming to imply
narrative, but then unravel and slip away as though half-remembered
in a dream proving as fallible as any system by which we attempt to
structure our existence.
This attractively presented catalogue, designed
by Herman Lelie and printed by PJ Print, London, consists of more
than twenty-five colour plates, including a critical essay by Jane
Burton, Curator of Interpretation at the Tate Modern, London.