Chaouki Chamoun – New Horizons

New Horizons – Chaouki Chamoun                                                              .

The Retrospective Exhibition Of The Artist

In celebration of fifty years of his artistic career

Within the framework of cultural exchange and the enrichment of the art scene in Riyadh, L’Art Pur Foundation is honored to host the artist Chaouki Chamoun for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to organize his retrospective exhibition “New Horizons” in celebration of fifty years of his artistic career, in collaboration with Christiane Ashkar Art Consultancy and in partnership with the Lebanese Executives Council.

Chaouki Chamoun, an artist and academic professor, was born in Lebanon in 1942. He studied at the Institute of Fine Arts at the Lebanese University in Beirut, and obtained a postgraduate diploma in painting in 1972. He then achieved a master’s degree in fine arts from Syracuse University, following a PhD in aesthetics and studio art from New York University in 1979. He held many positions in public and private universities in Lebanon and was head of the Lebanese Artists Association for Painters and Sculptors. Chaouki Chamoun has had more than forty exhibitions since 1975, where his works were show cased in the United States of America, Europe, Hong Kong, and the Arab world. He has participated in more than sixty collective exhibitions and in many international biennials, museums, and auction houses.  Among them are the Sursock Museum in Beirut, Europe Art in Geneva, Sotheby’s in London, Christie’s in Dubai, the Alexandria Biennale, the Katzen Museum of Art in Washington, D.C., the Abu Dhabi Art Fair and the MENASA Art Fair in Beirut.

“New Horizons” retrospective exhibition showcases sixty-nine artworks that highlight different stages of Chaouki Chamoun artistic journey.  A journey rich in transformations, experiments and trends. Dr. Maha Sultan, researcher and art critic, says:

“Chaouki Chamoun aptly bears the characteristics of an educated artist, distinguished by skill, creativity, innovation, and constant passion”.

In Chamoun’s paintings, we find a passion and profuse search for aesthetics – a continuous exploration of an artistic language and a color field of his own, paired with his artistic vision. Furthermore, his paintings reveal bright stories yet contrasted by tragic experiences, which the artist embraces with peace, love and optimism.

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