Today I want to introduce you to of one of my favorite Georgian artists - Merab Abramishvili (1957 – 2006).
I love his work, his intricate patterns, delicate, almost otherworldly colors.
"Having a very distinct painting style, Abramishvili belongs to the alternative art scene of the 80s Georgia. This group is very significantly interested in religion, often employing it as their subject matter- a kind of protest against the Soviet dismissal of religion and their forced recreation of the national identity."
"Abramishvili found an escape route in his mythological and biblical scenes, the heavenly animals and rocking maidens. Abramishvili’s canvases radiated hope against the total agony - hence his charm."
"Working in tempera and watercolours, the painter employed and arguably revived the gesso technique; deeply inspired by the fresco painting, which is not surprising as Georgia has a centuries old fresco painting tradition."
"His art is an astonishing hybrid of the Georgian fresco and Eastern miniature paintings. Scrupulous attention to every detail, the transparent washes lit up by the egg glazing speak of a very demanding and disciplined painter." x
"I began collecting cracked and molten fragments of Empire bricks, the waste of one of the 140 brick plants that once lined the Hudson River, with the idea of using them as a clumsy and incompetent material to build something of a ruin, in anticipation of the inevitable. This idea of starting at the end point, of trying to build with material already ruined, seemed ironic in a very relevant way – with crumbling economic structures and failed industries, it seems like we live in an age when we stand on the debris of giants as much as on their shoulders.
The structures I create are not cemented together; I continuously re-organize the same bricks in a series of modular stacking patterns. They are not monoliths; they are monuments to impermanence.