Art Exchange Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M. is looking forward to giving Richard a solo show in June, 2014 entitled “Richard Tashjian Paintings, Old and New”
Reception: Friday, June 6, 4-6 p.m.
Where: Art Exchange Gallery, 60 E. San Francisco St. Ste. 210, Santa Fe, NM
Curator: Jeff Tabor, contact info: 505-603-4485
SANTA FE, N.M.—“Richard Tashjian Paintings, Old and New” features the paintings of Richard Tashjian from the 1980s until today. Come and see his watercolor paintings, acrylics and oils. They are a must see and are very collectible. Some works feature Armenian scenes such as Mt. Ararat, the Garni mountains and Mt. Aragatz. His New Mexico imagery has a striking resemblance to some of the Armenian paintings. The curator and owner of Art Exchange Gallery, Jeff Tabor states, “We discussed this and he mentioned that the New Mexico landscape reminds him of being in Armenia. It is a comfort for him to be here in the high desert of New Mexico. Richard is not only a talented artist, but is a good, God fearing man as well.”
Richard has traveled back to his roots at least a dozen times and has done many drawings and paintings of historic and Biblical scenes. He has done paintings that depict Internationally famous artists of Armenian heritage, William Saroyan (writer), Aram Khatchadourian (composer), Arshile Gorky (abstract painter) and Komidas Vartabed (musician/composer)—all of whom have gained considerable prominence in their individual fields. He has painted Biblical and Historic Mt. Ararat on location and in his studio upon returning to the states. His paintings of Armenia capture the spirit of the land and people of Armenian heritage.
Born in Chelsea, Mass. in 1926, Richard served in the U.S. Naval Reserve (U.S.N.R.) World War II 1944-46 as a photographer and later graduated from the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, in 1950. He studied design under Prof. Gyorgy Kepes at M.I.T. School of Visual Design Architectural Center in Cambridge, Mass. Richard’s talents resulted in a successful career in advertising art, where he worked as a commercial artist and art director for various distinguished ad agencies throughout the Boston area. For several years, he owned and operated an art studio and gallery in Watertown, Mass.
His dozen trips to Armenia resulted in rewarding relationships with well-known artists like Hagop Hagopian, Jean Jansem, Karnig Carzou, and Minas Avetisian. His resume is filled with an extensive and interesting life.
The Art Exchange Gallery, located at 60 E. San Francisco St. Ste. 210, Santa Fe, N.M., is looking forward to giving Richard a solo show in June, 2014. A reception will take place on Friday, June 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 505-603-4485. The show runs through June 30 and is free to the public.