Armenian Miniatures

Mixed Media, 2003

In his journey to uncover his cultural heritage, Robert Barsamian traveled to Armenia to discover the more about the scope and immensity of the Armenian culture.  Confronted with the unstable political environment, he went on a sojourn to the countryside to see and meet people of the land.  He went to see the Armenian churches and their graveyards, the land and the lifestyle and imagined it was little changed from 100 years ago. 

 

Barsamian was inspired and began a series of small portraits that he could draw while traveling.  The stark imagery and the faith of the people inspired prayers illuminated as they might have in the 6th century with actual people of Armenia in their daily tasks.  It was a lifestyle he imagined that his grandmother’s family might have been living in before the Armenian Genocide.

PICT0637 Undo Influences (gold Leaf, Pencil, Acrylic Paint 5x7) 2004.JPG

Undue Influences, gold leaf, pencil and acrylic, 2004, 5" x 7"

PICT0636 The Herald (Gold Leaf, Pencil, Acrylic Paint 5x7) 2004.JPG

The Herald, gold leaf, pencil and acrylic, 2004, 5" x 7"

PICT0635 The Last Thread (Gold Leaf, Pencil, Acrylic Paint 5x7) 2004.JPG

The Last Thread, gold leaf, pencil and acrylic, 2004, 5" x 7"

PICT0634 Whispering (Gold Leaf, Pencil, Acrylic Paint 5x7) 2004.JPG

Whispering, gold leaf, pencil and acrylic, 2004, 5" x 7"

PICT0633 Valor (Pencil, Acrylic, Prismacolor on Paper 5x7) 2003.JPG

Valor, pencil, colored pencil and acrylic, 2003, 5" x 7"

PICT0632 Fields of Play (Acrylic, Primacolor, Pencil & Ebony Pencil with Gold Leaf on Pape

Fields of Play, acrylic, pencil, ebony pencil and gold leaf, 2003, 5" x 7"

PICT0631 Guardian (Acrylic, Prismacolor, Ebony Pencil, Pencil with Gold Leaf on Paper) 200

Guardian, acrylic, pencil, ebony pencil and gold leaf, 2003, 5" x 7"

PICT0630 Angels of Mercy (Acrylic, Gold Leaf, Pencil on Paper) 2003.JPG

Angels of Mercy, acrylic, pencil, and gold leaf, 2003, 5" x 7"

PICT0629 Beneath the Blessing (Ebony Pencil Drawing, Acrylic Paint, Gold Leaf 5x7) 2000.JP

Beneath the Blessing, acrylic, pencil, colored pencil and gold leaf, 2003, 5" x 7"

PICT0628 Upon Reflection (Drawing-Pencil, Prismacolor Pencil with Gold Leaf 5x7) 2002.JPG

Upon Reflection, pencil, colored pencil, and gold leaf, 2002, 5" x 7"

PICT0624 The Virgin Bride (Gold Leaf, Pencil, Acrylic Paint 5x7) 2004.JPG

The Virgin Bride, acrylic, pencil, and gold leaf, 2004, 5" x 7"

PICT0627 Flight of the Innocent (Acrylic Paint, Ebony Pencil, Gold Leaf 5x7) 2002.JPG

Flight of the Innocent, acrylic, ebony pencil and gold leaf, 2002, 5" x 7"

PICT0626 The Harvest (Ebony Pencil, Colored Pencil 4x6) 2001.JPG

The Harvest I, ebony pencil and colored pencil, 2001, 4" x 6"

PICT0625 Beneath the Blessing, #2 (Pencil Drawing Acrylic Paint Gold Leaf 4x6) 2001.JPG

Beneath the Blessing II, acrylic, pencil and gold leaf, 2001, 4" x 6.5"