AAI Fine Art Gallery at Assyrian Genocide Remembrance, August 7, 2017 (6:00-7:50pm), Mainstage Theater, Cal State University Stanislaus, Turlock, CA.
The 2nd Assyrian Artist to be exhibited at the Gallery:
Born in Tehran in 1985, Jelbert Karami began painting at 14 after seeing a work by Sohrab Sepehri at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. He studied at Mana, an art academy in Tehran, mounting his first solo exhibition there in 2005. At 20 he committed his life to art, starting to paint professionally, gaining a reputation, teaching in numerous schools, and holding workshops in private clubs in the city.
The challenges of being an artist in Iran include extreme censorship of subject matter; and while an Assyrian artist can become well known, there are eyes on him or her at all times. Though he had more than a dozen highly-acclaimed solo exhibitions and was featured in a cover article in a national art magazine, he left his homeland for Vienna in 2015, stayed a few months, and came to the United States in 2016.
Karami’s works reflect both his spirituality and his love for the Assyrian nation, his focus on Middle-Eastern culture and human-rights issues, especially the oppression of women. He has said that “seeing my history vanishing is devastating” but believes that humanity can ultimately become a true community by reaching past darkness for light, and “for me that light came through art.” Followings are the titles of Jelbert's art pieces that will be exhibited at the gallery:
1. The Look, mixed media on Paper, 11x14
2. Veil gauche, ink on paper, 13.5x19
3. Vision, Pen on Paper, 11.5x11.5
4. Wounds, acrylic on Canvas, 45x72
The gallery will be open for public viewing August 7 to 18, and then the art will be transferred to Scottsdale AZ to be exhibited at the Assyrian National convention August 31 to September 4th, 2017. Don't miss the opportunity to see these original work of art.