The work of the Armenian painter Hakob Hakobian is a most important contribution to the artistic culture of Armenia. Hakobian came to settle in his historical homeland, Armenia, from Egypt when he was already a mature painter- in 1962. Before that the Armenian public had a chance to see his works at several exhibitions in Moscow, Yerevan and other cities. Hakobian's coming to stay in Armenia was a crucial landmark in his creative career. For him, getting to know his new world began with the landscape. His landscapes become infused with the epic breath of the vast limitless world. the idea of the venerable age of the land of Armenia, of his grandur and immutability is conveyed through a few stark details of the natural scene, such as stones, layers of rocks, a dead tree trunk, the poles suooorting the electric wires. In his striving to comprehend the world around him, the painter proceeds from the particular to the general. In his expressive, meaningful still lifes the painter was able to stretch the traditional limits of this painting genre. Hakobian's oils appear monochrome only at firs glance, it is a fleeting, illusory impression. As a matter of fact, his paintings are intricate studies in colour, and the brushwork is many-layered and painstakingly executed. Armenian culture: the constructivist and rational principle of form-building, which is so well conveyed by the work of Armenian architects and sculptors. Hakobian's artistuc progress is a fine example of the consecutive and purposeful development of the spiritual world and humanistic aspirations of an artist in our own day. The painter is extremely popular in Armenia. Hakobian's artistic contribution has also brought him official recognition: he has won the honorary title of People's Artist of Armenia.

Henrik Igityan