Arthur Sarkissian Armenian, b. 1960

Arthur Sarkissian’s paintings are an art of transition, a demonstration of the flow of human experience from the felt to the unknown. Unshackled by the constraints of Socialist Realism, Sarkissian’s abstract works testify to the artist’s new found freedom of expression experienced after the dissolution of the American Soviet Socialist Republic. 


Sarkissian combines oil and silkscreen printing in his approach to painting, often incorporating text, photography, signs and icons, architectural imagery, and found ephemera onto the canvas. Sarkissian’s distinctive “college aesthetic” dominates the arrangement of his compositions, in which homogenous and heterogenous images and symbols seamlessly coalesce to provide the viewer with the artist’s peculiar vision of the world. The artist’s use of vibrant bands of color helps reinforce and provide stability to the strong verticality of his compositions.