Grigor Khachatryan is one of the founders of abstract art in Armenia. He created abstract paintings still in 1973. They were created under the influence of western abstract art, and initially they bore the strong influence of expressionistically abstractionism. They were first displayed in the 1976-77s at the second and third outdoor exhibitions in Saryan Park. Abstraction which was condemned in the Soviet Union considering it to be the art of the American intelligence service, immediately became attractive as a daring deed. Grigor Khachatryan has experimented a series of performances which were stopped by the artist later because of the lack of appropriate environment. But his abstract paintings caused inspiration among the progressive art critics. Appreciating those paintings with a backward glance we can state that besides being pieces of fine art they were also an act of daring. Those paintings carried an aesthetic value in them being samples of abstract art in the field of colors. They were acheivements of Armenian art. In 1978 the “Exhibition of the Seven” was organized at the Museum of Modern Art, where seven most prominent artists with their abstract paintings were presented, and Grigor Khachatryan was among them. In the following years he periodically continues joining in the exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art with his abstract pieces of art. His dissatisfaction with what he had done resulted in changing his attitude towards the abstract art, and he began to direct them by putting messages in his canvases to clarify their compositions. In 1979 he finally came to the idea of the column which shouldn’t be ascribed the meaning symbolizing the connection between spiritual and physical world. It is the symbol of his unsteady life and emotional experiences. I would rather call it utopia than the reflection of reality.


Vardan Jaloyan