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After several years of work in graphic techniques, painting, sculpture, and art installations, I am now reaching my artistic maturity, as I am creating paintings, using all my experiences as an artist and a person, an Armenian by origin, born and raised in Bulgaria, and now working in The United States.
In my work I combine the bright colors of the east, the Slavic mentality, and my views of the modern world, the inner force of the icons and dynamics of the contemporary world.
With my paintings I'd like to discover beauty in everything, its meaning, its independent existence. I'd like to reveal everything which surrounds us - words, objects, sounds, feelings, and signs.
I believe that direct contact between my soul and my hand is the only way to express the reality of our surroundings.
My goal is to be directed by my instincts and my emotions while painting, to be influenced by the subconscious view of the image and the idea of merging with the painting beyond the level of my five senses.
I strive to awaken associations and emotions in the viewer that would bring him to the same spiritual state as I am in while working, not by shocking him but by inviting a closer scrutiny of the world.
My credo, my emotions and feelings, my thoughts, memories and insights, my troubles, joys and dreams are all in my works.
PAINTER, SCULPTOR, PRINTMAKER
224 New Jersey Ave., Bergenfield, NJ, 07621 * tell: (201) 387-7190* E-mail: Agemdjian@aol.com
URL: ArtQuest.com* AlfaArt.org* JustOriginals.com * Art-Exchange.com
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND COMPETITIONS
2011 “26th International Exhibition”, Meadows Gallery, UT at Tyler, Juried Show, Tyler, TX,01-18-2011
“Archive II”, Alfa Art Gallery artists group exhibition, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, 10/08/2010
Solo exhibition: “ 1 etching, 7 sculptures, 43 paintings”, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, June 11-June 30, 2010
“Interpreting the Figure”, group exhibition, Speak-Easy Art Gallery, Boonton, NJ, Jan 29,2010
“Found Object”, solo exhibition, collages, Bulart Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria, Jan 15,2010
2009,08 ”Focus New Jersey”, Juried Show, The Art Center of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ
2008 Juried Artist Catalog “Studio Visit” volume three, Juror: Carl Belz
Finalist “Direct Art “ magazine competition ,Volume 15, Fall 2008
“19 th Annual NJ small works show”, Juried Exhibition, Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ
2005 “Harvest”, Solo Exhibition (painting and sculptures), Closter, NJ
2003 “ Montclair Fine Art Fair”, National Juried Exhibition, Gallery 214, Montclair, NJ, Juror: M. R. O’Brien
2001 “ Summer Show”, Invitational, Artsforum Gallery, New York, NY
“ Transformation”, Invitational, Artsforum Gallery, New York, NY
1999 “ New Talent Invitational “, Denise Bibro Gallery, New York, NY
“ National Printmaking 1999 “, National Juried Exhibition, College of NJ, Jury: Judith Brodsky
1998 “ Reconceptualizations of a Vision: Surrealist Art”, Invitational, Goldstrom Gallery, SOHO, NY, NY
“Abstraction’98", National Juried Exhibition, Stage Gallery, Marrick, NY
“ Abstractions “, Invitational Group Exhibition, Polo Gallery, Edgewater, NJ
“ 49th NY ASA Artists’ Ball “, Invitational, The Puck Building, New York, NY
1997 " Icons: Past, Present, Future ", Juried Exhibition, Hellos Gallery, Ashland, OR
" Artexpo - New York" Jacob Javits Conv. Center, New York, NY
" Survey of Contemporary American Prints," Lankershim Arts Center Gallery, No-Ho, North Hollywood, CA
1996 " 3rd Annual National Juried Art Exhibition," St. John's University, New York, NY
" Juried Collection 96," ACI's Juried CD-ROM Series, ACI, Philadelphia, PA, Jury: A. Stone, I. Karp….
" Manhattan Arts International 1996,’95,’93&’92 Cover Art Competition ", New York, NY, Juror: Renee Phillips
" Contemporary Armenian Artists '96 ", Invitational International Exhibition, Boston, MA
" '96 & ’97 National Juried Exhibition", Art Center of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ, Juror: S.Cooke
1995 " Virtuosity: The Juried Exhibition ", ACI, The Park Ave. Armory, New York, NY, Jury: A. Stone, I. Karp ...
" Gallery Artists Retrospect " - SOHO West Gallery, Hollywood, CA
" Group Exhibition " - Jain Marunouchi Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY
" Audubon Artists 52nd and51st Annual Exhibition ", National Arts Club, New York, NY, Jury: Breverman, Riber.. “ Small Works ", Invitational Exhibition - Denise Bibro Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY
1993 Invitational Exhibition, Visitors Centers Gallery, Print Club of Albany, Albany, NY
1992 " 17th Annual Juried Fine arts Show ", Smithtown Arts Council, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY ; Juror: Ivan Karp
" International Art Competition ", Montserrat Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY, Juror: D. Wepman
" 17th National Competitive Exhibition of The Print Club of Albany ", Schenestady Museum , Schenestady, NY
" 57th Annual National Art Exhibition of Cooperstown Art Association ", Cooperstown, NY
" National Juried Exhibition ", The Graphic Eye Gallery, Port Washington, NY, Jury: Andrew Stasik, Paul Wood
"Spring Saloon'92", Limner Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY-Jury: R. Seleste, T. Slowinski
" International Contemporary Artists of Genius Exhibition ", L.R.S.Gallery, Patterson, NJ, Juror: Danielle Rubel
" National Juried Show'92 ", Arts Center of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ, Juror: C. Goodman
1990 " Art Expo ", IGI Chicago, IL
"4th International Print Bienal - Liege ", Musee D'Art Moderne, Liege, France
" Contemporary Bulgarian Prints ", Invitational, Leeds University Gallery, Leeds, UK
Hof Galerie, Eutingen, Germany, Invitational - Curator: Ursula Schlotterbeck
" 5th and 4th International Exhibition of Miniature Art ", Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, Canada
1989 Bruce Lurie Gallery & Villy Siera, New York, NY
International Juried Event -" CIPE'89 ", Museo De La Education, Havana, Cuba
" Representative Exhibition of Bulgarian Fine Art ",Vitgenstein Gallery, Vienna, Austria
" Bulgarian Art ", Invitational, Museum for Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt
" Artists from Varna, Bulgaria ",Dodreht Art Association Gallery, Dodreht, Netherlands
1988 Bruce Lurie Gallery, New York, NY
1987 Rene's Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY
" Bulgarian Graphic ", Invitational, Sonenberg Gallery, Stutgart, Germany
" Bulgarian Artists ", Invitational, Doiche Bank, Darmstad, Germany
" Art from Varna ", Invitational, Gdansk City Art Gallery, Gdansk, Poland
1986 Invitational Exhibition " Bulgarian Prints ", Art Museum, Kuwait, Kuwait
1985 " International Biennale of Humor ", National House of Humor, Gabrovo, Bulgaria
1984 "Art from Varna ", Invitational, Rostock City Art Gallery, Germany
1983, 85, 89 International Print Bienale, Juried, Palace of Culture, Varna, Bulgaria
1982, 84 " Artists from Varna ", Invitational, City Art Gallery, Odessa, USSR
1981 – 91 Twenty Three National Juried Exhibitions in Bulgaria
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010 Solo exhibition: “ 1 etching, 7 sculptures, 43 paintings”, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, June 11-June 30, 2010
“Found Object”, solo exhibition, collages, Bulart Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria, Jan. 15,2010
2005 “Harvest”, Closter, NJ
1997 Bergenfield Library & Information Center, Bergenfield, NJ
1996 ACI on-line Gallery http://www.artcommunications.com
Museum G. Veltchev, Varna, Bulgaria
No Bar Cafe, East Village, New York, NY
1991 Armenian School, Tenafly, NJ
1987 Rene's Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY
1986 Gallery of the Association of Bulgarian Artists, Varna, Bulgaria
1982 – 91 Ten Solo Exhibitions in Bulgaria
SELECTED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Stryker Orthopedics, Mahwah, NJ
Permanent Collection of The College of New Jersey Department of Art
Print Club of Albany, Permanent Collection
The Walker Group
Kohn Pederson, Fox, Conway
Amoco Corporate Art Collection
Westinghouse Corporate Art Collection
Vorpal Gallery, New York
Ingber Gallery, New York
Suzanne Dey Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
J. Rosental Fine Arts Ltd., Chicago, Ill.
The Chicago Center of Print, Ltd., Chicago, Ill.
The Bulgarian National Art Museum
The Sofia City Art Museum, Bulgaria
The Museum of Prints, Varna, Bulgaria
Private collections in Germany, France, Canada, Argentina, Kuwait, Russia, U.S.A.,
The United Kingdom, Austria, Bulgaria, Holland, Finland, Australia, Poland etc.
HIS WORKS ARE TO BE SEEN AT :
Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ
Bulart Gallery-Varna , Bulgaria
Motion Picture:” The Muse”-Universal Studios /October Films, 2000
Motion Picture:” Matlock: The Evening News”, 1992
Motion Picture:” Longtime Companion”- American Playhouse/ Samuel Goldwyn Studios, 1990
Artsforum Gallery, New York, NY
Goldstrom Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY
Investinart, New York, NY
Art Access - art consultant, Columbus, OH
ArtReps - publisher, Los Angeles, CA
Boston Corporate Art, Boston, MA
Denise Bibro Fine Art, Chelsea, New York, NY
Kyele Welles International Design, New York, NY
Soho West Gallery, Hollywood, CA
International Images, Sewickeley, PA
PRIZES AND AWARDS
First Place – Mixed media, “Celebrating Bergen County’s Diversity 2010”, Juried Exhibition, The Art Center of Northern NJ
Second Place – Mixed media, “Celebrating Bergen County’s Diversity 2010”, Juried Exhib., The Art Center of Northern NJ
First Place – Oil, Seventh Annual a Taste of Arts, juried exhibition, Bergenfield, NJ. March 1, 2009
Third Place - Acrylic ,”Celebrating Bergen County’s Diversity 2009”, Juried exhibition, The Art Center of Northern NJ
Finalist “Direct Art “ magazine competition ,Volume 15, Fall 2008
First Place - Acrylic ,”Celebrating Bergen County’s Diversity 2007”, Juried exhibition, The Art Center of Northern NJ
Award of Excellence, ”Montclair Fine Art”, National Juried Exhibition, 2003, Montclair, NJ
National Printmaking 1999, Purchase Award, College of The New Jersey, Ewing, NJ 1999
Contemporary Oils/Acrylics 3rd Place, Bergen County Art Show, 1997, Paramus, NJ
Award of Excellence " Manhattan Arts International 1996 Cover Art Competition ",NewYork, NY
Mixed Media 3rd place, Bergen County Art Show, 1996, Paramus, NJ
Certificate of Merit " Manhattan Arts International 1993 and ‘95 Cover Art Competition ", New York, NY
Certificate of Achievement, Print Club of Albany"17th Nat. Competitive Print Exhibition",1992Albany,NY
Winner of the " International Art Competition ", 1992, Montserrat Gallery, New York, NY
Certificate of Excellence," 1992 First Annual International Manhattan Arts " Artist in the 90's " Competition, New York, NY
SELECTED REVIEWS AND ARTICLES
Alfa Art Gallery- “Catalog 2010”- Agop Gemdjian, p. 7, 3 illustrations
“Globetrotting master brings infinite rebellion to Alfa Art”, Sebouh Gemdjian, “The Mirror”newspaper, June 13/2010, p.1
“Found Objects “ from old photographs”, Boriana Todorova, “Narodno Delo” newsletter, Jan.20,2010
Juried Artist Catalog “Studio Visit” volume three 2008 p.72, Juror: Carl Belz
“Direct Art” magazine , volume 15, Fall/winter 2008, p.90
Cover of “Inner Realm “monthly magazine, NJ, NY, CT, (August 1999), cover illus.
About the Cover Artist, “Inner Realm” monthly magazine, NJ, NY, CT, (August 1999), cover illus.
"Agop Gemdjian: "I'd Like to Reveal Everything... ", Nedelnik - weekly, New York, NY (Apr.17,1997), p. 7, illus.
" Gemdjian ", New Art International - Book Art Press, NY, ( 1996 ),p. 114, illus.
" Young Painter, Agop Gemdjian ", The Armenian Reporter Int'l - weekly, New York, ( May, 1995), p. 4, illus.
" Agop Gemdjian ", T. Lawrence, The Armenian Weekly , Los Angeles, ( January, 1993), p. 9
" Exhibiting Artists ", Print Club of Albany Newsletter, Albany, NY , ( May , 1993 ), p.2
" Agop Gemdjian : Mediative Fields Awaken Emotions ", T. Lawrence, Manhattan Arts Magazine , (9 -10, 1992 ), p. 24, illus.
" Print Club of Albany Newsletter " - Review , (September, 1992 ) p. 3
" Critics pix " - Competition Winners , Manhattan Arts Magazine, ( Summer, 1992 ), p.7, illus.
" Art in New Jersey is Cosmopolitan ", E. C. Lipton , Art Speak, ( April, 1992 ) p. 14
" Dialogue Artists ", R. Serafimov, Molodez Gruzii - weekly, Georgian SSR, ( August, 1989 )
" Over the Wall / and off Center ", Kent Wallace, Art Speak, ( May, 1987 ),p. 7, illus.
" In Varna Bulgaria ... ", A. Chividjian, Nor Gyank - weekly, Los Angeles, CA ( October, 1992 )