THE DAILY STAR
Sunday February 9, 1975
DIKRAN’S SCULPTURES AT STUDIO 27
One of the rare sculpture exhibitions of the season
is opening on Thursday Feb.13 at Studio 27. It is not,
however, totally local. The sculptor Dikran (Khoubesserian)
who was born in Turkey lived o good part of his life
in Beirut. In 1950 he moved to Paris --where many of
our artists seem to prefer living –but as a young
architect who had to do training period overseas.
Dikran worked on sculptures on and off – primarily
as a hobby – but architecture took first place.
In 1963 after a break of close to 8 years he took up
sculpture again and decided to exhibit his work.
His work is smooth and soft – though it is in
heavy bronze. It is graceful and even silky, and seems
to be a close study of the female form in every position
possible under the sun, and moon.
Dikran works in bronze, but casts the colors he chooses
to it and the sculptures can range from dull black bronze
to a gleaming pink finish. Whether it is homage to the
female form or a chauvinistic approach to it remains
to be seen, and the female viewer should judge for herself.
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KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL (TEHERAN)
MAY 16, 1978
DIKRAN’S CURVES PULL THE CROWDS
The Armenian community-turned up in full force at the
Armenian Club on Saturday for the opening exhibition
of “DIKRAN” organised by Hai Guin Club which
a couple of years ago organised a fashion show of Armenian
clothes throughout history.
Dikran Khoubesserian, who is architect, was present
at the reception, modestly receiving much admiration
for his work.
Dikran’s bronze statues of women are truly worth
seeing. They’re being sold from 60,000 rials up
to 750,000 rials.
Born in Turkey and living in France, Dikran explained
that he always worked in plaster and then had his work
set in bronze.
Dikran’s women are truly beautiful. They’re
silky smooth and soothing to the eye. They come in different
positions but all very beautifully carved.
Curves is what you see plenty of, and curves is what
Dikran seems to have a special interest and talent in.
“Every artist has a favourite topic” said
the artist “mine is evidently women”.
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Week of February 10-16 1975
DIKRAN AT STUDIO 27
Born in Turkey in 1913, DIKRAN KHOUBESSERIAN lived
and worked in Beirut (he is originally a Paris-trained
architect) from 1933 to 1953. Since then, he has been
living in Paris where he seems to be appreciated by
public and critics alike.
DIKRAN is not simply an architect-turned-sculptor:
his delightful small-scale bronze nudes are the works
of a born artist with a creative, original talent. His
stylized figurines of languidly out-stretched or chastely
folded women are small symphonies of harmonious, musical
curves, displaying a striking synthetic vision and rare
sense of the balanced volumes, proportions, rhythms
and plastic values of the female body. They are sensuous,
blooming flowers expanding outwardly from within a naturalness
that imparts to their pure forms an autonomous life
and a spirituality all of their own. The very nakedness
of theses bodies seems to clothe them in a timeless
veil of mystery. These concentrated; poetic figures
owe much of their subtlety, no doubt, to DIKRAN’s
His exhibition at Studio 27 starts, February 13, 1975.
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