Sirak Melkonian (Iran, born 1931) Untitled (Saturn)

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Lot 69TP
Sirak Melkonian
(Iran, born 1931)
Untitled (Saturn)

Sold for £ 81,312 (US$ 106,318) inc. premium
Sirak Melkonian (Iran, born 1931)
Untitled (Saturn)
oil on canvas, framed
signed (lower right), executed circa 1970's
185 x 305cm (72 13/16 x 120 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • "Melkonian's compositions are not of utopian lands but rather inner landscapes with no trace or record in history. Looking closely at the texture of brush strokes one is amazed at the mastery of his renderings" – Alain Bosquet, 1976

    A GROUP OF IMPORTANT WORKS BY SIRAK MELKONIAN FROM A PRIVATE FAMILY COLLECTION

    Provenance:
    Property from the George and Carpetian family, acquired directly from the artist in London circa 1970's

    This remarkable set of works by Sirak Melkonian comes to the market for the first time, having been in the continuous ownership of the George and Carpetian Families since being acquired from the artist nearly half a century ago. An Armenian family who migrated to London, they were close personal friends of Sirak and were actively acquiring works from him during the peak of his artistic creativity

    The most significant work in the collection, "Saturn", is an enormous oil on canvas spanning over three metres painted as a private commission for one of the families properties but never displayed due to its size, and now emerges from long term storage, finally stretched and displayed in all its glory for the first time since its execution the early 1970's

    Sirak Melkonian is one of Iran's most assiduous and gifted modern artists and has been practising his signature style of "topographical" abstraction for over half a century. Melkonian's sparse, minimal palettes accentuate his exploration of line and colour. He offers his audience a new landscape which is neither imaginary nor real, neither surrealist nor naturalist, but profoundly personal and esoteric. Melkonian gained recognition as early as 1957 when he was awarded the prize at the Contemporary Iranian Artists exhibition at the Iran-America Society.
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Sirak Melkonian (Iran, born 1931) Untitled (Saturn)
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