American artist, Garo Antreasian, born February 16, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana, has been involved with lithography since the age of seventeen. He was first introduced to the medium in the form of an abandoned hand press at Arsenal Technical High School in his hometown of Indianapolis. He received his formal art education at the Herron in Indianapolis, receiving his BFA degree in 1948. He also studied printmaking with Will Barnet in New York at the Art Students League, and Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17. In 1960, he was invited to be the first technical director of the new Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles, which moved to the University of New Mexico in 1970.
As Louise M. Lewis, former assistant director of the University of New Mexico Fine Arts Museum has written, "The name of Garo Antreasian has been synonymous with creative lithography in the United States for the past several decades. Through his teaching and creative activities, his contribution to the techniques and aesthetics of lithography have had a considerable influence on the medium in this country."
According to the critic V.B. Price, his prints have "a warmth and elegance which take on the characteristics of an aristocratic self-control, a mannered passion and vitality, that contradicts their severities. For all their mathematical precision, the juxtaposition of the richness of their color with the formal geometry of their design gives them a feeling of exuberance."
Garo Antreasian, painter, printmaker, master printer, and educator, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 16, 1922. He began studying lithography at age seventeen at the Arsenal Technical High School and followed that with formal art training at the School of the Herron Art Institute where, in 1948, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Upon graduation he was given a formal appointment to the faculty of the Herron and a $1,200.00 Mary Miliken Memorial Traveling Scholarship. The following year, Antreasian used a portion of the scholarship to study printmaking in New York at the Art Students’ League under Will Barnet and at Atelier 17 with Stanley William Hayter.
After working as an instructor at the School of the Herron Art Institute, Antreasian became the first technical director and master printer at the newly formed Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1960. In 1965, he followed Tamarind to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he also taught in the Art Department of the University of New Mexico.
Antreasian is represented in the collections of the University of New Mexico Fine Arts Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He won numerous awards and grants throughout his career, including an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Purdue University.