The nature and mountains of Syunik province in Lems Nersisyan’s paintings… September 20… A symbolic exhibition entitled "My Syunik" was organized on the eve of the 30th anniversary of independence. Syunik in all its glory… stunning landscapes of Syunik province ranging from Meghri, Agarak, Kapan, Goris to Zorats Karer (Karahunj)… The pilgrimage of painter Lems Nersisyan regularly reflects his way of thinking and worldview on his canvases, attracting visitors with his meaningful message and sunny colours.
The next exhibition of Prof. Lems Nersisyan, Doctor of Pedagogical Science, Academician of the Russian Academy of Education, Honored Art Worker of the Republic of Armenia, was organized at “Zangak” bookstore in Yerevan. The event was attended by lovers of the painter’s art, including lecturers, students and the painter’s relatives.
All speeches were sincere and descriptive. In the artist’s paintings one can see the unbreakable spirit of Syunik and high mountains enveloped with clouds reaching the sky. And colours and colours…. The beautiful guards of Armenia’s southern gate seemed to have become even more beautiful thanks to the brushstrokes of the painter, unveiling the charm of the highlands. Homeland within nature and cosmic infinity… bright and vivid manifestations of patriotism… philosophical thinking and perception of life and nature… These are the feelings that the artist's creative outbursts awaken in every person.
“Today when Syunik is going through trials, I want our people to notice what’s happening around them and recognize Syunik. I’ve walked all the way from Agarak to Sisian… I’ve painted and put on display what many have not seen with their own eyes. And I think I have succeeded… Eighty-six paintings of Syunik, but unfortunately, I could exhibit only 50 of them here,” said the painter.
It was with special enthusiasm that the painter spoke about Tsiranadzor, landscapes of Goris, Tegh village, which are all very typical of that part of the country.
Also, speeches were made by Professors Mnatsakan Manukyan, Ayelita Dolukhanyan, Igor Karapetyan, Doctor of Political Science Levon Shirinyan, and Honored Art Worker of the Republic of Armenia, Head of the ASPU Chair of Fine Arts Karen Aghamyan.
In his speech, Prof. Mnatsakan Manukyan, Doctor of Pedagogy, Honored Pedagogue of the Republic of Armenia, focused on the artist's aesthetic and pedagogical lessons. “In Lems Nersisyan's paintings, nature is spiritualized, it breathes; you feel the smell of flowers and freshness of the water. At the same time, he [Lems Nersisyan] is able to transfer all this to pedagogy, creating aesthetic feelings, aesthetic taste and aesthetic relationships,” Mr. Manukyan stressed.
The professor wished the artist a healthy life and ‘paintings that go to eternity.’
Levon Shirinyan, Head of the Chair of Social Sciences at the Faculty of History and Social Sciences, and Ayelita Dolukhanyan, Head of the Chair of Ancient and Medieval Armenian Literature and its Teaching Methods at the Faculty of Philology, hailed the works of the painter, considering the exhibition dedicated to Syunik remarkable these days.
"I came to this exhibition with great pleasure because I am a big fan of Lems Nersisyan's art. I think Armenia is the most beautiful country in the world, and Lems Nersiyan conveys that beauty to us. As a painter Lems Nersisyan is known not only in Armenia, but also outside its borders. His works are often exhibited in different countries of the world and they decorate the homes of many people. Lems Nersisyan is one of the renowned painters of our time, his paintings are wonderful. He is a great painter who has a unique style. He has his own school. Unfortunately, sometimes artists do not appreciate their contemporaries.
Today, Syunik is in danger. My ancestors are from Syunik. I have just experienced here what I have seen during my visits [to Syunik]; they [paintings] revived my memories. I want Armenia to be immortalized not only in Lems Nersisyan's paintings, but in each and every Armenian, and as an ancient soil to have its continuation in this new world,” said Ayelita Dolukhanyan. She believes that Lems Nersisyan's paintings can compete with the famous works of Impressionist painters. "These paintings will remain in the history of Armenian art forever," she wrote in the Book of Memories.
"Today's exhibition is dedicated to Syunik. I think we should declare Syunik as a complete super-political and cultural unit, a zone of special strategic importance,” Levon Shirinyan said stressing the greatness of the artist's talent and devotion to the homeland, reflection of the beauty of Syunik and vivid artistic manifestation of the strong spirit in the exhibition. He wished the painter new creative achievements.
“With his paintings Lems Nersisyan gives aesthetics lessons, developing aesthetic taste. There is undisguised optimism in his works. He loves nature and people. That is a spiritual creation, an endless process of self-therapy,” said Doctor of Pedagogy Igor Karapetyan.
"I have always appreciated artists who bring the younger generation closer to art. Lems Nersisyan is one of those few devotees,” said Prof. Karen Aghamyan, Merited Art Figure of the Republic of Armenia, Head of the Chair of Fine Arts (Faculty of Art Education).
The exhibition will run until September 28, and soon will be on display in Goris as well.
By Silva ASRYAN