Hagop J. Keledjian- Peonies, Oil, 18 x 24 inches

Hagop J. Keledjian

Hagop Keledjian was born in Yerevan, Armenia, where his vocation as a painter began at age 12. He studied classical painting in his native Armenia at the School of painting for Young Artists. Upon graduation from college, Hagop was accepted into the Aprahamian Art Studio where he learned his technique. Aprahamian was the master of European realism and the follower of Velazquez and painted exclusively from life. In 1981, with his family, Hagop immigrated to America and settled in MA. Hagop painted with nationally recognized artist Richard Schmid, recipient of the John Singer Sargent award. Hagop is a member of the Putney Painters, in Putney, Vermont who paint on a bi-monthly basis with Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik. A skilled draftsman, Hagop paints in a spontaneous impressionistic style; his paintings have an exactness of drawing and a virtuosity of brushwork similar to the sumptuous paintings of Richard Schmid. Direct painting or painting from life where the foundations of sound drawing, values, edges, and color remain constant. The Merchants of Boston’s Newbury Street mounted a bronze plaque to honor this gifted émigré. One of his works is permanently exhibited at the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Massachusetts.