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Charles Garabedian dies at 92; California artist's colorful paintings belied dark themes

Charles Garabedian dies at 92; California artist's colorful paintings belied dark themes

Charles Garabedian, modern artist of mythological themes, who was raised in East L.A., fought Air Force missions in World War II and studied history before his late-bloomer drift into painting, died Thursday at his Santa Monica home from prostate cancer, said his wife, Gwendolyn. He was 92.

Garabedian was known for bright, cannily cartoonish oil paintings in which scenes from Greek epics, even savage ones, were awash in cheerful color.

His work married wisdom with childlike innocence. The colors were pretty, the themes often dark.

The figures in his paintings wore enigmatic smiles. Dreamily entwined, or braced in ambiguous postures, their attitudes reflected...

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