Ghassan Zard

 

 

ARTIST BIO

Ghassan Zard is a Lebanese painter and sculptor born in 1954. He lives and works in Beirut.

He has participated in multiple group shows such as “Vous avez dit abstrait?” Galerie Tanit, Beirut, 2013. L’approche de la peinture et de la sculpture, réveille en nous l’innocence de nos jeux d’enfant. Pour cela l’œuvre de Ghassan Zard est teintée de nostalgie, d’un besoin de retour à l’émerveillement de l’enfance, à l’amusement comme concept. Les êtres disparaissent en flocons, en lambeaux colores. Il se crée une séparation entre la pensée et le ressenti. Inexplicable torsion de l’esprit, qui mène a une reconstitution presque automatique qu’on ne perçoit qu’ultérieurement ! Ce cheminement est aussi un acte pour conjurer la folie meurtrière et transcender l’angoisse du quotidien. Ces sculptures seraient-elles une projection pour de futurs totems ? Un advenir en construction ? 

Initially his painting was influenced by lyrical abstraction. His large-scale canvases depict a coloured rhythmic universe reminiscent of music partitions. Compared to his pictorial work, his sculptures are more restrained but always tinted with irony.Combining polished wood, aluminum and raw steel; Zard creates a bestiary of forms, interpreting the anatomy of reality to recreate a personal mythology. Playful by all appearances, his sculptures hide something that is deeply settled in the artist’s approach. Beyond the shape, something tries to come to the surface, the naked wood, full of life, is stapled with a rigorous but intermittent violence. It seems to contain a body in the making, a tacit entity, however, extremely present, waiting in the heart of every piece. Dreamlike animals become a metaphor for human beings and represent an artist’s desire to give a protective and ludic shape to an old “souvenir”. Buried in the subconscious digression, this sculpture can be read as the return of the repressed, skillfully formed, skillfully mastered. 

 

Ghassan Zard . Untitled 21.10.2015 . 2015 . Ink and acrylic on paper . 47.5 x 115 CM

Artists of the Gallery

Youssef Abdelke

Adel Abidin

Shirin Abu Shaqra

Abed Al Kadiri

Mojé Assefjah

Martin Assig

Michael Biberstein

Sonja Braas

Ricardo Brey

Franck Christen

Roy Dib

FOUAD ELKOURY

Elger Esser

Simone Fattal

Chafa Ghaddar

Gilbert Hage

Herbert Hamak

Joumana Jamhouri

Aram Jughian

David Kramer

Urs Lüthi

Rania Matar

Randa Mirza

Charlotte Mumm

Serge Najjar

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Giulio Rimondi

Walid Sadek

Charles Sandison

Nada Sehnaoui

Bongchull Shin

Catharina van Eetvelde

Stephen Waddell

Fadi Yazigi

Kimiko Yoshida

Ghassan Zard

Cynthia Zaven