Aguletsi says painting is philosophy expressed
with colors and shades. But her philosophy is
not limited just to the canvases that hold her
work, but also in her daily life.
When Lusik goes into the street she is greeted
with surprised and admiring looks from residents
not used to seeing a woman dressed in Armenian
Today samples of beautiful, fine colors and national
ornaments of her dresses and silver jewelry adorning
her forehead, hands and neck are exhibited only
in galleries and salons of ancient art. But it
is Lusik's daily wear, and her way of showing
her ancestral pride, themes that can also be found
in her art.
Lusik Samvelyan-Aguletsi was born in an old Armenian
town called Agulis that was famous for its ancient
culture. Since 19 she has lived in Yerevan, but
till now her art is breathing and living with
memory of her native village-town.
"Every summer we went to Agulis with my
grandmother and grandfather," she recalls.
"In just our town there were 12 churches
and in one of them were wall-paintings of Hovnatanyan.
There, in the bosom of a wonderful nature, I used
to paint discovering secrets of painting, then
I would return to Yerevan and successfully pass
my exams at the college of painting."
the paintings of Lusik one can see all the weathers
and colors of nature. Mighty and free brush strokes
give breath, motion and dynamics to the things
pictured in her canvases. In autumn landscapes
trees seem to talk, the wind born out of agile
brush strokes ruthlessly tears away the last leaf.
The silent song of nature and fragrance of flowers
are felt in the summer tranquility.
"Everything beautiful, all moments and hours
of nature, color shades inspire me, and while
painting every next picture I remember my teacher
Minas Avetisyan," says the painter. "When
Minas saw my paintings for the first time, he
said, 'Don't forget that color and its combination
with other colors should always be seen in light,
you're good in that, don't lose that ability'."
During these years Lusik Aguletsi not only found
the secrets of interconnection of colors and light,
but also created a unique creative world - from
ancient Armenian national culture to contemporary
Armenian national spirit is felt even in her
kitchen: wooden and clay utensils, different types
of dried fruits that she made herself, dessert
"I have drawn on most of my utensils and
I asked my husband to engrave on wood. This is
utensil with Armenian symbols - grape leaves,
there are also plates with Christian images."
house of Lusik Aguletsi and her artist family
is a big arts salon, where the painter's landscapes
are combined with her husband Yura Samvelyan's
sculptures and numerous household things created
The stairwell decorated with sculptures leads
to a house-studio of the Samvelyans, where everything
except a TV-set and computer has already been
used by some famous person several centuries ago.
There are many ancient lampshades and utensils
on the bureau with engraved ornaments of 17th
century. Collection of silver jewelry and nominal
belts is placed in special glass show-cases. The
mirror along the full length of the wall has seen
many beautiful women and dresses of different
centuries. Aguletsi's father and grandfather grew
in the 18th century cradle of her grand children.
"Armenian culture is first of all things,
jewelry and costumes created by the people, which
are based on their way of thinking, demands of
the times. It is not right to neglect all that
and let it die in museums," Luisk says.
"Every day is a life for me. If I open my
eyes and see the sun, this means that the end
of the world hasn't come yet. This means that
I must create, paint and preserve my national