Garo Antreasian Armenian-American, 1922-2018

Born in Indianapolis, printmaker Garo Zareh Antreasian helped to promote the art of lithography among American artists during the 1960s and 1970s. He studied printmaking with the American arist Will Barnet in New York. During the 1950s, while teaching at the John Herron Institute in Indianapolis, he began to produce color lithographs.

 

Throughout his career, Antreasian was an active member of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop. The workshop was established in 1960 to train lithographers and educate American artists about the possibilities of the medium. Before that time, artists interested in printmaking had to go to Europe to work with master craftsmen. Antreasian served as the technical director of Tamarind in Los Angeles, then became an advisor and teacher after the workshop was moved to the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. In his own work as a lithographer, Antreasian produced large abstract compositions that suggest landscapes.