"Art of the Elibekians"
Four members of the Elibekian family with artwork spanning three generations, plus late Henrik Elibekian, brother of Robert, will be at Gallery Z in October. For every piece of Elibekian art sold, Gallery Z will donate 20% percent of the proceeds to the All Armenian Fund. (https://www.himnadram.org/en)
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, grandson Areg Elibekian and Rober's brother, Henrik. The works of these three artists are different despite their shared heritage.
The elder Vagharshag was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1910 and died in 1994. He directed Tbilisi’s Armenian Theatre and worked as a painter, portraying Tbilisi’s recent past with his carefully detailed paintings capturing scenes of traditional Georgian customs, architecture, and lifestyles. 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 Orient in Moscow.
His son, Robert Elibekian, was born in 1941 in Tbilisi, Georgia
and 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 décor and costumes for film, theater, and opera. 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 in collections of many museums, including The National Gallery of Armenia.
Thursday, October 8th - Sunday, November 8th
Family of three generations of fine artists:
Vagharshag Elibekian, b. 1910 d. 1994
Robert Elibekian b. 1941
Henrik Elibekian b 1936 d. 2019
Areg Elibekian b. 1970
Opening reception Thursday October 15th 5-9pm
Robert's son, Areg Elibekian, represents the youngest
generation. Born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1970, he graduated
from Yerevan’s Institute of Drama and Fine Arts in 1992. Areg’s
work predominantly depicts the bourgeoisie and contemporary streetscapes in Paris and Montreal. He resides in Montreal and travels to Paris in the summers to paint.
Henrik Elibekian was born in Tbilisi Georgia in 1936 sadly
passed away last year in 2019. He studied acting, graphics and
painting at the Yerevan Institute of Drama and Fine Arts. After
graduating in 1967, he spent four years as a designer for the Exhibition of National Economy Achievements in the USSR
before joining the Armenia Artists' Union. Since 1965, Henrik was a constant participant in international exhibitions.
Considered a classic artist of the Armenian avant-garde, his
work expressed both emotion and contemplation in response to the alienating effect of modern civilization. His works reside in state museums and artistic funds of Yerevan, Tbilisi, Moscow and private collections worldwide.
Each of these talented artists is included in the permanent
collections of prestigious museums all over the world.