During the “ARTահերթ արվեստ” series of lectures a painter, a participant of many local and international exhibitions, and a member of the Artists’ Union, Abgar Khachatryan spoke on the topic of “Taste, Sense of Color, and Harmony.”
Khachatryan is sure that the sense of color is formed in a person from an early age. The surrounding area’s role is enormous in the expression of taste and color, be it in an urban or rural, tropical, or arctic environment. In different cultures, the sense of color and taste varies from person to person, which is mainly due to the influence of nature. In urban areas, color combinations are usually human-made, artificial. However, people do their best to imitate color combinations, which we can see in nature in order to reach perfection.
The artist is sure that the colors, aroma, and shapes appear in an ideal form in nature. Closer to nature, keener on perfection. Therefore, painters try to imitate the combinations found in nature by studying and experimenting with colors. Sculptors also follow the same pattern. Natural, organic flows of forms often inspire artists to create modern works of art.
The taste of color is often manifested in abstract art, where artists remove the line, leaving only the color. In this way, artists convey their emotions and emotional states through the color spectrum. Khachatryan often uses nature as a source of inspiration for his art. During one of his hobbies, hiking, the artist studies every detail, takes photographs of stones, reptiles, animals, plants, and flowers, and examines their color combinations to use them in his artworks.
According to the artist, all the colors existing on earth are stunning; there are no good or bad colors. However, there are right and wrong combinations. For example, it is much easier to combine white or black with other colors, but when we add the third and fourth colors, it becomes harder to create an ideal color combination. Here the factor of human taste comes to the assistance.
Khachatryan believes that art, mostly experimental abstract art, should not be understood; it should be felt. Musicians compose music with notes, poets express themselves through words, while artists create with colors. When being asked about the choice of color combinations or the narrative of an abstract painting, we expect artists to explain themselves as poets, which they are not.