Karnik gallery is a new platform that represents contemporary artists whose approach draws from or refers to the artistic traditions of the past, while producing work that is innovative and challenging within today's market. the gallery initiative was set up in 2019 by mark keshishian, an emerging art dealer and curator based in london, specialised in bringing the past and present together, in response to his passion for both the works of the old masters and contemporary artists of today. he has worked on sales at mayfair's hignell gallery and on art auctions by banque-libano-française and sotheby's at the saatchi gallery. in extension to his gallery endeavours, mark has been heavily involved within the special make-up effects world, garnering the attention of several academy and bafta award winning studios, for his sculptural talents.
the keshishian family originated in constantinople (modern day istanbul) and were known to be well reputed textile manufacturers and equestrian breeders, OF ARMENIAN DESCENT. in 1921, karnik keshishian began trading in prominent oriental silk carpets and antiquities. during the late 1970's, His two sons, arto and edward, followed suit and manifested their own vision by creating the keshishian galleries, situated in the heart of london and new york, immediately distinguishing themselves with a broad specialization in carpet and tapestry history - INCOrPORATING DIFFERENT GENRES SPANNING four HUNDRED YEARS. from then on, historians of international significance have looked to the keshishian family on COUNTLESS projects as a source of knowledge AND COUNSEL.
mark, has always been fascinated with the involvement of his family within the worlds of art and antiques. in addition, his experiences within the special effects industry haVE allowed him to develop a strong understanding of the creation process that goes behind rendering conceptual and figurative art. this early exposure to both creation and curation has allowed him to recognise the stylistic exchange between the past and the present. in september of 2019, mark will open his first gallery endeavour, part one: resonance x relevance, which is an extension of his family's legacy but also a launch pad for his own curatorial vision.