Born in Beirut, Lebanon 1961. Gold and silversmith Hratch Babikian’s work is about the fascination and relationship of the natural world and human kind coexisting. known for his high precision textures and quality fabrication reminiscent of the hand wrought era of jewelry and silverware, using gold, silver and different gem materials Babikian’s subjects range from oceanic urchins to collections of fossils, Microscopic flora and fauna.
Babikian received his BFA in 1983 studying metals with Richard Reinhardt, Sharon Church, and Leon Luggasy in Philadelphia College Of Art at University Of The Arts. There he received the acute attention to form follows function and decorative forming/forging associated with Reinhardt’s, Church’s and Luggasy’s silverware and sculptural jewelry. Subsequently refining his own visual and conceptual vocabulary that emerged through his focus on points of intersection of jewelry and sculpture.
His work can be found in myriad of private and public collections both in the US and abroad, and has been represented and exhibited in numerous Expos, galleries and museums.
When working on a sculpture I don’t think of Size, just the appropriateness of Ratio, the impact of the message to the viewer. My “small” sculpture is not small, it is intimate, it is personal and precious in visual information easy to miss if one is not paying attention.
This series is about my days as a seven-year-old going fishing fifteen minutes from our home. Everything about the activity was new and exciting, from the pole to the lures, the bait and the fish that would come to feed and get caught. At times I would put down my fishing pole and go play in the tidal pools left behind by high tide, detecting and locating all kinds of sea life new to me.
It helped immensely at times to have my big brother (age 10) with me who knew so much more about science since he was always reading.Never knew that I was getting an education while having fun. And building a very strong bond with my older sibling.
My notion was to bring the same excitement and wonderment to the viewer in these representational pieces before you.