An interview of Charles Garabedian conducted 2003 Aug. 21 and 22, by Anne Ayres, for the Archives of American Art, in Garbedian's studio, in Santa Monica, Calif.
Garabedian discusses his early childhood in Detroit, Mich.; his Armenian roots; the Depression years in San Gabriel, Calif. and East Los Angeles; a tour of duty in the United States Army in North Africa during WWII; early college experiences; and his late start as a painter. He recalls Ed Moses, Howard Warshaw and William Brice; experiences at Ceeje Gallery and artists Ed Carrillo and Roberto Chavez, as well as the exhibition "Six Painters of the Rear Guard". Garabedian also describes his artistic style.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Charles Garabedian, 2003 Aug. 21-22. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for this interview provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Charles Garabedian (1923-) is a painter from Santa Monica, Calif.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001