Elibekians: Three Generations of Artists
Vagharshag, Robert and Areg

June 6th - July 27th, 2013

Opening Receptions:
Thursday, June 20th 5-9PM and Thursday, July 18th 5-9PM
Art, Food & Wine Events:
Thursday, June 27th 5-7pm and Thursday, July 25th 5-7pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. /MARCH 2009 - The summer months of June and July are a family affair at Gallery Z with offerings from three different members of the Elibekian family and artwork spanning three generations.

For generations the tradition of painting has been passed down within the Elibekian family, resulting in brilliant artistic compositions that define the family's artistic legacy. The show will feature paintings by Vagharshag Elibekian, his son Robert Elibekian, and grandson Areg Elibekian. The works of these three artists are quite different despite their shared heritage.

The elder Vagharshag was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1910. It was there that he directed Tbilisi's Armenian Theatre and worked as a painter. He was able to portray Tbilisi's recent past with his carefully detailed paintings. His work captures scenes of traditional Georgian customs, architecture, and lifestyles and brings them to life. His works are among the permanent collections of The National Art Gallery of Armenia, The National Art Gallery of Georgia, The National Art Gallery of Litvanya, and the Museums of Oriental Art in Moscow.

His son, Robert Elibekian, was born in 1941 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He graduated from Yerevan's Institute of Drama and Fine Arts in 1969. His paintings are influenced by his academic background, and by his creations of decor and costumes for film, theater and opera. Through these paintings he reveals an imaginary world of fantasy and dream characters. He has created numerous set designs and costumes for operas, ballets, films and plays, and his works are part of the collections in many museums including The National Gallery of Armenia.

The son of Robert, Areg Elibekian represents the youngest artist in this exhibition. Areg was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1970. He graduated from Yerevan's Institute of Drama and Fine Arts in 1992. Areg's work is well-defined, straightforward and implies permanence, involving predominantly the bourgeoisie. He has since moved to Montreal and travels to Paris every summer to paint.

Each of these talented artists is included in the permanent collections of prestigious museums located all over the world.

Also, on the last Thursday of every month, a participating Public Art Window non-profit organization hosts a fundraising event at Gallery Z to elevate public consciousness for their cause. This month on Thursday, June 27, 2013, we will be hosting the event for "The New Millennium Art Factory". For this non-profit organization, artists from around Rhode Island will provide basic to intermediate arts instruction to children aged 7-17 at the Central Falls library, which is located at 205 Central Street. http://www.cfsai.com/