Garo Antreasian

male 1922-2018
Life city:
Indianapolis, IN
Work city:
Indianapolis, Los Angeles, IN
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Garo Antreasian was born on the east side of Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1922. He studied art at public schools, then later at Arsenal Tech High School, including lithography under the guidance of teacher Sara Foresman Bard. He won a scholarship to the John Herron Art School, also in Indianapolis. entering in 1940. At Herron he studied painting. Lithography, like at Tech, was similar to independent study. Because of this, it was truly trial and error, which Antreasian later implied taught him the most about printmaking. Garo signed up for the Coast Guard in 1942. By 1944 he was combat artist working in the Pacific Theater. He returned to Indianapolis in 1946, and used the G.I. Bill to return to Herron. His paintings reflected his war years, and local cityscapes of the more seedy side of town. By the time of his fifth year at Herron, he had exhibited his paintings and lithographs on a national level, receiving many awards. Upon graduating in 1948, he received the school's highest award, The Milliken Traveling Scholarship, and used it to study in New York. John Bernhardt, a fellow Tech grad and recent Herron graduate, went with him. In the 1950s, Antreasian continued to perfect is lithography. In 1952 he had his first one-man show in Manhattan, made up of all contemporary prints. Throughout the decade he exhibited all over the United States. He also taught at Herron during part of this time. In 1960 he, along with June Wayne and Clinton Adams, opened up the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. Antreasian's role was of the master printer. By 1961, they had 21 artist who came to study and work. From the beginning, Tamarind Fellowships were given, with help by the Ford Foundation. During this time, although he always painted, he did less so, focusing all his attention to lithography. But he wasn't at Tamarind full time. He split his time with Herron, back in Indianapolis again in 1961, teaching, and making sure there was a large print shop space to be included in a new wing. By the mid to late 60's, Tamarind was deemed a large success. Form 1960-70, they had hosted more than 200 artists. Tamarind also spawned Gemini, which commissioned artists and published prints. In 1972 he was honored by the John Herron School of Art as a distinguished alumnus. He was also given an honorary doctor of fine arts degree by Indiana University-Purdue University. We're very interested in purchasing artwork by Garo Antreasian. Please contact us if you have pieces you are considering selling.

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