I am fascinated with sketches. The ones that are painted quickly and exclusively from life. Whether they are art or not is only a matter of their quality. The white canvas is attractive and intriguing: what will be on it soon? Will it be possible to catch a blue bird and embody the inspired image? The white canvas disciplines and forces me to concentrate. After all, time flies, fog rises or becomes rain, clouds run or scatter, morning becomes day, and day turns into twilight. At the beginning of my work, I feel like a student every time — I immediately recall all the things my wise teachers taught me. It is well if the work immediately advances: when from the first spot or line under the brush living space starts vibrating. It is an unearthly delight and a touch of mystery (all the painters should be familiar with it!) Staying on top of this happy wave requires energy and maximum focus. It happens that the canvas is stubbornly resisting. Sometimes, this resistance can be overcome with great effort, and something comes to life under the brush. Other times, it happens that all the efforts are in vain, and then you feel unwell and ashamed for the wasted artistic materials because real masters worked with the same paints! As for me, sketches are a way of communicating with the world and a way of self-understanding, as well as a kind of diary — they capture thoughts and feelings. Sometimes I have difficult relationships with my sketches. Time passes, and the work that was considered unsuccessful seems to be opened up, and I see that there is something in it. Or vice versa, a supposed star masterpiece suddenly fades away. When I set to work with enthusiasm (when the paints do not dry on the palette), I finish one sketch and already dream about the next one, which must be better. This path seems endless to me.
Gayane Atoyan, 2019
She was born and lives in Kyiv.
Education: Kyiv State Art Institute (now the National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture), Easel Painting Workshop under the direction of Professor Viktor Shatalin (1977-1983).
Gayane has been a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine since 1986. She has participated in numerous general exhibitions in Ukraine and China. Besides, she has held several solo exhibitions in Ukraine. Gayane Atoyan has participated in several plein airs in Ukraine and China. Her works are stored in museums and private collections both in Ukraine and abroad, mostly in China.