Martin Barooshian Biography

1929 -

American contemporary artist, Martin Barooshian is one of America's most important printmakers.

Barooshian studied printmaking in 1956 with the internationally renowned printmaker, H.W. Hayter. His early work was influenced by the Surrealists, Gaugin, William Blake and Gorky. His subject matter is frequently mythological but he also deals with current affairs as represented by his series of prints on endangered species, and an etching entitled "Olympic Hurdler" which was designed specially for the 22nd Olympiad.

A review of one of his recent exhibitions in New York City states: "The early paintings of Mr. Barooshian, with their mythological allusions and contained contrapuntal spaces, have given way to an approach that holds great immediacy. Coupled with an elegance and beauty of execution, his current approach has produced a style that is visually compelling and superbly individual It is gratifying to see printmaking of such a high order and inventiveness. The medium is one of great complexity, the techniques of which are masterfully set forth in a valuable booklet prepared by the artist himself and entitled SOME THOUGHTS ON PAPER AND PRINTMAKING. It enhances one's understanding and respect for an art that is at once ancient and new."

Barooshian has also served as the President of the Society of American Graphic Artists, Vice President of the U.S Committee to the International Association of Art (UNESCO), Guest Curator at Pratt Graphics Center in New York, and is a frequent juror for national and international art competitions.

A selected list of his SOLO EXHIBITIONS is as follows: - AGBU Art Gallery, New York City - W.F. Mallaly Galleries, Birmingham, Michigan - Gallery Bond Street, Great Neck, New York - South Bend Art Center, Indiana - Honolulu Academy of Art, Hawaii - Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire - University of New Hampshire - Atelier 7, California - Montreal Museum of Art, Canada - Gropper Art Gallery, Massachusetts - Fairleigh-Dickenson University, NJ - Boston City Hall, Main Gallery, MA - Prestige Gallery, Massachusetts - Ainsworth Gallery, Massachusetts - FireHouse Gallery, New York

His art can also be viewed at the following COLLECTIONS & MUSEUMS: - Museum of fine Arts, Boston, - Museum of Modern Art, New York - Metropolitan Museum, New York - Lincoln Center Museum of Performing Arts, New York - National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi - Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada