Hrachya Vardanyan’s artistic work is a spiritual encounter reflecting the rich traditions of the environment in which he was born and raised. Armenia, his home country, is the central font of strength and inspiration for Vardanyan’s paintings, and he transforms and interprets its singular and hybrid traditions into his own artistic language.
Woven materials, reminiscent of Armenian carpet weaving, are fundamental elements of his work. He uses fabric, a basic form of artistic expression in Oriental cultures, as a means to develop his own artistic language. Vardanyan’s ethereal works speak to us through their materiality. Through coarse priming and the use of mixed-media, he takes us beyond surface arrangements through his use of color, dimensionality and space. The paintings reveal structure and depth, requiring a gradual and rigorous approach from the viewer which finally leads the receptive towards a mystical perception.
Vardanyan’s inspiration is rooted in his first-hand experience with the land and with so-called “Vishapaquars“, “dragon-stones“ monuments dispersed in Armenia’s mountain plateaus, dating back to the Bronze Age. In his artistic examination of “Vishapaquars“, he develops visual images of universal mysticism which can be found in all main religions around the world, often contested, but a necessary means to exploring consciousness and states of transcendency. Vardanyan demonstrates his artistic mastery by playing with tensions between material and creative form, the visible and the hidden, darkness and light.
Through spiritual discernment, the ability to see beneath appearances—informed by a confrontation with Sufism, the land and Armenia’s ancient traditions—Hrachya Vardanyan aims at making the invisible visible, at revealing the hidden in the everyday.