Saturday, November 2, 2013

Arman Manookian (1904-1931)

Arman Tateos Manookian (1904-1931) was an Armenian born Painter who gained recognition as an illustrator and artist of Hawaiian scenes. Manookian, the eldest of three children, was born on May 15, 1904 in Constantinople (Istanbul) , the troubled heart of the collapsed former Ottoman Empire. His given name, which he used until joining the U.S. Marine Corps was Tateos. Manookian came from a family of Armenian Apostolic Christians, and his father, Arshag, was a printer and the publisher of an Armenian newspaper.


Arman Manookian received his art education at the Art Students League in New York and the Rhode Island School of Design. While serving in the U.S. Marine Corps he supplied illustrations for “Leatherneck” and then later for “Paradise of the Pacific.His paintings are rare and highly valued. The Bishop Museum and the Honolulu Academy of Arts are among the public collections holding works by Arman Manookian.

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