Armenia [Slide show]

Sumbat visited Armenia - his ancestral homeland - in 1991 as a special guest of the Union of Artists of Armenia. A major exhibition of his paintings was held in the National Gallery of Armenia on June 1-10. An article by Vahan Harutyunian in Kroonk stated:

Armenian fine art of Iran is a singular phenomenon in the beaux arts of the Armenian Diaspora, where the classic principles and the traditions of our popular art have been kept intact. The art of Sumbat Kiureghian offers impressive evidence to this statement ... Of exceptional value are his genre scenes depicting the way of life and customs of Iranian Armenian peasants. His paintings, and his watercolors in particular, are glowingly spontaneous; they indicate the artist's great love for his subjects, their customs, the nature surrounding them, their ways of life and customs.

While in Armenia, Sumbat went on several excursions to the country side in the company of local artists and painters. He fell in love with the landscape and was strongly affected by seeing the many historical monuments of Armenia.

On this page, you can see several of the paintings that he produced while in Armenia, or upon his return to the United States. Click the thumbnails on the left to see each painting in a larger size, or click above to see a slide show.