Garen Bedrossian

Red Horizonsold
Red Horizon
oil on canvas, 14" × 14"
3005 Akhtamar Series
3005 Akhtamar Series
oil on canvas, 22" × 28"
3006 Akhtamar Series
3006 Akhtamar Series
oil on linen, 22" × 28"
3007 Akhtamar Series
3007 Akhtamar Series, 2011
oil on canvas, 22" × 28"
3008 Akhtamar Series
3008 Akhtamar Series, 2011
oil on linen, 22" × 28"
DS3015 Akhtamar Seriessold
DS3015 Akhtamar Series, CN6443
oil on canvas, 22" × 28"
Flight II (Two Figures)
Flight II (Two Figures)
bronze, 51½" (h)

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Garen Bedrossian – Artist Biography

Originally from Yerevan in Armenia, Garen Bedrossian received his artistic training at the Fine Arts Institute of Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), where the emphsais was on "social realism." Desiring to free himself from the ideological and political constraints prevalent at the time, he chose to emigrate to Canada in 1987 and established residence in Montreal where he resumed his artistic endeavors. Bedrossian's education provided him with considerable theoretical and practical resources. He makes full use of them in the elaboration of his work. One must also bear in mind the artist's Armenian ancestry, as he cannot but carry within himself traces of his people's tragic history.

Bedrossian is a figurative artist with an expressionist bend. The theme of his art is man, or rather mankind. The main body of his current works consists of poetic images and sculptural situations where a person's uniqueness is challenged by his quest for identity or social belonging. Next to these highly dramatic works, Bedrossian has produced a number of sculptures on the theme of flight, done in a more playful way. On top of vertical steel circles, a naked man, his arms spread wide, is airborne like a bird. These works of a dreamlike nature are shaped in a transparent and seductive aesthetic mode.

In [his] paintings, Bedrossian gives poetic significance to what is essentially an abstract structure. The deeply felt psychological statements permeating his creative production are Bedrossian's significant contribution to the domain of contemporary art.

Leo Rosshandler, I.A.A.C.
Garen: Drawings Sculptures Paintings

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.


She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.