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Oriental reveries, a paintings exhibition by Gérard Avédissian at «Souk An Najjarin» in Saifi Village
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2011-02-09

Gérard Avédissian exhibits his new creations in “Oriental Reveries” at the Souk An Najjarin Gallery in Saifi Village, Beirut. This exhibition displays his latest paintings, inspired from his Armenian heritage and reveries of a Magical Orient.

“In my waking dreams, I tell stories of a certain Orient, real or imaginary," artist Gérard Avédissian explains about his work. "My Orient is double, on one side because of my belonging to my Armenian origins, but also because of my birth country, Lebanon, this so unique and multi-facetted Orient. Sensual and languishing women, oriental odalisques lay lingering, ornate with precious fabrics and inestimable jewels, surrounded by their world inherited from Islamic art. Young peasants from the Armenian mountains, wearing their most precious possessions to be seen at their best, imposing warriors, getting ready for their martyrdom, austere mothers, all on a backdrop of medieval saints inspired from Armenian miniatures…

Everything is haloed by colors so typically inherent to the Orient… rich, strong and captivating colors that make me dream…”

Acrylic paints and mixed techniques with collages of fabrics, embroideries and jewels dress-up these paintings in “Oriental Reveries”, where a meticulous choice of materials and fabrics recreate a past of nobility and glory”.

Gérard Avédissian is a Lebanese polyvalent artist, with a rich course: a PhD in stage direction from the Ex-Ussr in 1969, a long career in advertising between Paris and New York until 2009, he is also a confirmed Theater Author and Director in Beirut.

His painter’s career jump-started in 2005 by the selection of his painting: “The Little Soldier from Smyrna” at the Sursock Museum’s Autumn Salon.

In 2010, he finally unveiled his paintings of “Oriental Fantasias” in two individual exhibitions and a participation in a collective exhibition that left a strong impression with art lovers and various Arab and Lebanese media:
• Dar Al-Founoun Art Gallery in Kuwait, May 2010
• Aida Cherfan Art Gallery in Beirut, in October 2010
• The Beirut Exhibition Center, Sursock Museum’s Autumn Salon in December 2010 with his triptych “The Sultan’s Dancers”.

In February 2011, Nadia Khoury invites him to exhibit his new creations in “Oriental Reveries” at the Souk An Najjarin Gallery in Saifi Village, Beirut.
This exhibition displays his latest paintings, inspired from his Armenian heritage and reveries of a Magical Orient.

His works are part of private collections in Beirut, Kuwait, Athens, London and Damascus.

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