Thursday, October 18, 2012

Avedis Mouradian ( 1895-? )

Avedis Mouradian was an Armenian artist who lived in Jerusalem as well as in Nice, France. He was in Jerusalem around 1930 and made a few oil paintings of the city. Two excellent examples are in the Collection.He is mentioned in the bibliography of Armenian artists, Les Peintrcs Armeniens (p. 288).

Jerusalem, Facade of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 1930, Oil on canvas, 56 x 41 cm. Inscribed on board on reverse and dated 1930.

Palestine and Egypt Under the Ottomans: Paintings, Books, Photographs, Maps, Manuscripts
By Hisham Khatib

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Armenian Gospel by Astuacatur ( 1317 )

Armenian Bible
 Copied by the scribe Astuacatur in 1317 and deposited in the church at the Holy Astuacacin at Karbi. Last owner, archdeacon Sargis and his brother, renewed and rebound it and presented it to the church of St Sargis.

The Armenian paper codex contains seven sideways oriented fully painted scenes on the lite of Christ.These are incorporated as full- page images in the beginning of the codex." 

The Silk Road: Trade, Travel, War and Faith By Susan Whitfield, British Library

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sarkis Sarkisian (1909-1977)

Sarkis Sarkisian has become an artistic beacon not only for Detroit and Michigan but also for the promise of America. He was born in Smyrna in 1909, and came to Detroit in 1923 at the age of 14. His formal studies were performed under John P. Wicker at the Wicker School of Fine Arts and for the next fifty years he grew steadily into a leadership role in the artistic community of the city.

Portrait of Anna Werbe
Sarkisian studied for one year with John Carroll at the Art School of the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts and, in 1934, became a painting instructor there. He continued teaching for over thirty years and was named director of the art school in 1947, a position held until his retirement in 1967.

Sarkis by Gordon Orear, Sarkis, Elizabeth Orear