Gallery Z Commemorates 15th Anniversary in January, Presents Two International Painters


A Kevork Mourad creation

A Kevork Mourad creation

PROVIDENCE — Gallery Z will present works by two internationally-known Armenian painters, Kevork Mourad and Harut Aghajanian, through Saturday, February 6.

Renowned painter Kevork Mourad was born in 1970 in Syria. Of Armenian origin, he received his MFA from the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts in Armenia. He has recently exhibited at Galerie Claude Lemand in Paris, and at the Art Paris Art Fair in 2015. He has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Platform in Kuwait, 2014, previously at Gallery Z, at JK Gallery, Los Angeles, the Rafia Gallery, Damascus, Syria, which represents him in the Middle East, and at the Courtyard Gallery in Dubai (2010). Five of his pieces are in the permanent collection on the 70th floor of the Bourj Khalife in Dubai.

Mourad has twice had work auctioned at Christie’s Dubai. He has exhibited and painted live in “Art Moment 2014” in Budapest, Hungary. The Map of Future Movements, a digital piece, was part of a touring group exhibition in Jerusalem and Ramallah, and was included in the 2010 Liverpool Biennial. Six of his pieces are in permanent residency at the Gumri Museum in Armenia, and several more at the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown.

Group shows include the NYU Small Works Gallery in both 2005 and 2007. He has also perfected a technique of spontaneous painting, during which he shares the stage with many world class musicians including Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, of which he is a member as a visual and teaching artist. He has co-produced and directed two plays that have toured and been performed internationally, and has created the animation for an opera by Lembit Beecher, I Have No Stories to Tell You, commissioned by Opera Philadelphia. Mourad has also designed stop-motion animation for Manuel De Falla’s Master Peter’s Puppet Show, which he performed with the Knights at Tanglewood in July 2015 to great acclaim.

Mourad lives in New York City and maintains a studio in Brooklyn, when he is not traveling internationally.

Harut Aghajanian is an Armenian artist born in Iran in 1956. He studied at Terlemezian College art school in Yerevan from 1984 to 1987; in 2002 he was awarded a prize by the Gemmayse Development Association ( ADG). His paintings have been exhibited in the Beirut, Lebanon, art galleries Bronte and Zeina Sultan, and in Boston. Many of his works are in private collections in the United States and several European countries.

This exhibit includes a selection of beautifully balanced exquisite figurative works on paper in both black and white and soft wash tones. In some, animal heads emerge tucked amongst finely drawn huddled human figures.

In addition, Gallery Z displays an ever-changing extensive and diverse selection in salon style of original Fine Art works (paintings, photographs, drawings, mixed media, glass, sculptures, assemblages, etchings, lithographs) from Gallery Z’s deep stable of over 300 fine artists, locally, nationally and internationally renowned, along with fine ceramics and pottery, jewelry and Armenian and international handicrafts.

The adjacent “Italy” room expands the vibrant local Federal Hill Italian cultural atmosphere with “Dreamy Venice,” filled with luminous handmade small Murano glass gifts (paperweights, ornaments, vessels, perfume bottles) and Murano glass jewelry (pendants, necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, watches, hair clips), all personally chosen and imported from Venice by Gallery Associate Linda Kamajian in a sparkling rainbow of colors. These are set amidst fine art paintings and photographs related to Italy or by some of Gallery Z’s established Italian-American fine artists.

Gallery Z offers an intimate setting and provides a center for experiencing fine art in a historic Providence neighborhood. Although there are no Gallery Night official events December through March, Gallery Z carries the torch by hosting a free opening reception for the current exhibit every third Thursday of the month, 12 months of the year. Gallery Z is a tax-free zone.

The gallery is located at 259 Atwells Ave.