Vigen was an artist from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Each of Vigen’s painted designs has its own unique characteristics to entice the viewer to remember or see a special time or place in nature. The artwork starts with the selection of a special piece of art glass (uroboros is the name of the glass Vigen primarily uses), relying on the grain and character of the glass. Through painting, a landscape is developed from the mood of the glass and the paint.
The palette consists of a variety of colors. Each color is made from pre-mixed powder paint. This mixture is composed of the same ingredients used in the making of the glass. A special oil is mixed with the powder to create a usable consistency. The paint is then applied in any number of ways – knives, brushes, sponges and pens. The depth and intensity of color are strengthened with many layers of paint. After each layer is applied the painting is fired in a kiln at 1,300 degrees. This process makes the paint permanently fixed to the glass.
Although this process of applying paint to the surface of glass seems new and unusual it is, in fact, a very old technique. This technique has been used in many of the cathedrals around the world and can be found in many old buildings. It is a technique that has not been used a lot in recent years and is just now experiencing a “rebirth” through the skilled hands of artists such as Vigen.
Vigen’s personal approach to glass has been developed and reinforced through his interest in drawing. “While much of my past thirty years has been devoted to teaching art to junior high students, drawing has been the primary avocation in my life time of art,” says Vigen. In turn, Vigen has applied many styles that are used toward a unique technique in this medium. Each of his paintings is truly one of a kind. No prints of your piece will ever be made. Gary Vigen passed away December 30, 2016.