“Kevork Mourad, Recent Work”
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 17, 2008. 5-9pm Artist Performance: Wednesday, April 16
Artist Talk/ Demonstration: Thursday, May 15, 2008, 5-9pm Show Dates: April 1, 2008 – May 31, 2008
Gallery Z invites you to join us for the opening reception of Recent Work, by internationally acclaimed artist Kevork Mourad, on Thursday, April 17, 2008 from 5-9pm. Artist Kevork Mourad will be present at the opening reception.
In his 7th consecutive solo exhibit at Gallery Z, entitled Recent Work, Mourad explores themes of displacement, lost geographies, and refers to contemporary politics --especially of his native Middle East. While his palette and style have developed over the years, his paintings retain their affinity for story-telling and convey a sense of movement caught in stillness. In looking at his paintings, one can see the illustrator laying his visual interpretations of music upon the canvas, as the melding of visual and aural landscapes has long been a centre-point of his work.
Kevork Mourad has exhibited in many galleries across the United States and abroad since leaving Armenia in 1998. He received his MFA from the Yerevan Institute of Art in Armenia in Painting and Illustration. Having grown up in Aleppo, Syria, the influence of both of these cultures are apparent in his work. Kevork Mourad’s artwork has been exhibited at the Tumanyan Museum in Yerevan, Armenia, the Gyumri Museum in Armenia (where six of his pieces are in permanent residency), the NYU Small Works Exhibit, the Sasoontsi Gallery in California, Gallery Evan in NYC, Grace Cathedral and the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown, Massachusetts, and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.
Mourad has managed to distinguish himself among other artists through his collaborations on stage with musicians, supplying visual accompaniment to the music with his live painting. His performances provide a unique multi-sensory experience that allows the audience to share in the artistic process. He has performed at prestigious venues with accomplished musicians all over the world. In the spring of 2005, he joined Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, with whom he has performed at the Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard University, the Nara Museum in Nara, Japan, the Rubin Museum in New York, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition,
Whether it is his accolades from critics, or his success in past shows, signs seem to foretell this exhibition being perhaps his strongest showing yet. Providence Journal Art Critic Bill Van Siclen has called Mourad “a New York painter who moves easily between a kind of lyrical abstraction (think Arshile Gorky) and impressionistic realism (think Claude Monet).”
Come find out for yourself by joining us for the opening reception on Thursday, April 17, 2008, from 5-9pm.