Garo Antreasian was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and attended Arsenal Technical High School where he became involved with lithography. He received his formal art training at the Herron School of Art and studied printmaking at the Art Students League in New York, and at Atelier 17. During the 1950s Antreasian taught at Herron and then became the first technical director of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles, which moved to the University of New Mexico in 1970. Antreasian’s paintings and prints incorporate innovative materials and techniques such as printing on metal foil, using metallic inks, embossing the print surface, and collage. His paintings intersperse geometric linear configurations with color fields and shapes.
Antreasian was an instructor at the Herron School of Art when he painted Signs of the Times. It shows the Union Title Building at the Southeast corner of Washington and Pennsylvania, where several local artists, including Antreasian had established studios. In this image Antreasian tries to maintain a balance between realism and abstraction. The “One Way” arrow and “Vote Now” pennant reflect the artist’s interest in the random, evocative signs of our civilization. The forms also suggest the hypnotic allure of marks, such as “S” and “13” in the foreground, which have no obvious meaning.
Garo Z. Antreasian. Garo Z. Antreasian: A Retrospective, 1922-1987, New Mexico: Albuquerque Museum, 1988. ASIN: B0006EQ104.