IDAAF’s Monday inspiration for today is one of the outstanding modern artists, who used to work on easel painting with the technique typical for medieval Georgian frescoes.
The first inspiration for Merab Abramishvili himself were the murals seen by him in Ateni Sioni church during the expedition headed by his father. While copying the frescoes the artist has studies the ancient technique precisely and later masterfully used it for creation of his own style. He dedicated the artworks performed in the gesso technique to the different themes and developed himself as a distinguished artist from the 80s generation.
“300 Aragvians” is considered as Abramishvili’s first important artwork, completed in 1987. As well as other paintings, the battle scene is presented by diligently showing many small details.
Though many of works are related with the nature, animals and plants, the constant interest for Abramishvili is the theme of religion. It has been processed by the author from various point of view, with mood and color intensity in different periods of his career. The episodes and images chosen by artist in 90s were quite depressive, for instance “Sodom and Gomorrah” or “Apocalypses”. On the opposite “Jerusalem”, the piece completed in 2006 is performed in soft, warm tones. Here the calmness changes the worries, which dominate in the works from 90s. It seems that the current development of surrounding processes determined the appropriate disposition of Abramishvili’s creations.
The representatives of fauna take a special place in Merab Abramishvili’s art. If we compare his two Giraffes, implemented in 1999 and 2005, we’ll see the evident difference between them. The development of the style goes in the direction of lightness of the line, more colorful and calm general gamma. The same changes can be noticed in other works.
“Blackberry” and “Dog-rose”, as well as the other plants, are realistic and decorative at the same time. With the help of the softness of entire canvas, received as a result of numerous wash overs of the surface, the thorny bushes look gentle.
Merab Abramishvili has created a huge number of great artworks during his life (1957-2006). His works have been successfully exhibited at Sotheby’s auction in London UK, after his death from 2013 several times already. He holds his own remarkable space in the international area of visual art. Merab Abramishvili was the honorable member of Artists Union of Georgia and he also taught in Mskhaldidi small country school. The students do really have a reason to be proud of their art teacher, who became a source of inspiration for many people.
It has to be mentioned, that Merab Abramishvili’s exposition is currently presented at MoMA Tbilisi and can be seen there till the 3d of April.
Author: Tata Alkhazashvili