Ghassan Zard

Artist Biography

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

“The approach to painting and sculpture awakens in us the innocence of our childhood games.” Zard work is tinged with nostalgia, with a need to return to childhood wonder, to fun as a concept. The beings disappear in flakes, in coloured shreds. There is a separation between thought and feeling; An inexplicable twist of the mind leads to an almost automatic reconstitution that we do not perceive until later!

“This journey is also an act to ward off murderous madness and transcend the anguish of everyday life.” Initially, Zard’s 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.

Ghassan Zard has participated in multiple group shows such as “Vous avez dit abstrait?” Galerie Tanit, Beirut, 2013; “Jardins de Bagatelle II,” Galerie Tanit, Munich, 2014; and “A Bestiary,” Galerie Tanit, Beirut, 2020. His solo shows include “Variations,” Galerie Tanit, Beirut, 2014; “Turtles,” an installation commissioned for Home Works 7, Ashkal Alwan, a collaboration between Galerie Tanit and the Institut Français in 2015 that saw the giant turtles placed all across Lebanon before being “settled” at the MACAM museum in 2016; “Lucy in the Sky,” Galerie Tanit, Beirut, 2017; “On a Shore,” Galerie Tanit, Beirut, 2019; “La Déchirure,” Galerie Tanit, Beirut, 2021; “I Am One Acquainted with the Night,” Studio LaCitta, Verona, 2021, the Venice Biennale, in addition to multiple international shows.

Ghassan Zard is represented by Galerie Tanit Beirut/Munich.

Exhibitions
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15 Years, Crossed Perspectives
Collective Exhibition

From November 4, 2022 to January 2, 2023

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ART DUBAI 2018

From March 21, 2018 to March 24, 2018

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MENART FAIR 2022

From May 18, 2022 to May 22, 2022 

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BEIRUT ART FAIR 2018

From September 20, 2018 to September 23, 2018

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MENART FAIR 2021

From May 27, 2021 to May 30, 2021

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I Am One Acquainted With The Night
Collective Exhibition

From June 5, 2021 to September 25, 2021

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La Déchirure
Ghassan Zard

From December 15, 2020 to January 30, 2021

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Un Bestiaire
Collective Exhibition

From September 9, 2021 to October 1, 2021

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L’Espace de la Feuille
Collective Exhibition

From November 25, 2015 to January 29, 2016

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Variations
Ghassan Zard

From December 4, 2014 to January 16, 2015

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Jardins de Bagatelle II
Collective Exhibition

From September 12, 2014 to October 31, 2014

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Vous avez dit abstrait?
Collective Exhibition

From March 13, 2013 to April 30, 2013

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On a Shore
Ghassan Zard

From September 19, 2019 to November 15, 2019

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Lucy in the Sky
Ghassan Zard

From January 17, 2017 to March 4, 2017

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Something Blue
Collective Exhibition

From September 1, 2021 to September 12, 2021

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… كان يا مكان
Collective Exhibition

From February 16, 2022 to April 16, 2022

Selected Works
La Déchirure

A thin line.
A flatline.
An interruption.

Never expected, an interruption changes the flow and suddenly you’re swept away on an opposing surface.

La Déchirure or being ripped out from one universe to feel lost in a second, from a status-quo into an unsettling state. Ghassan Zard’s La Déchirure focuses on the interruption we recently experienced. The works come from the in-between that follows the rupturing phenomenon.

It emphasizes the disruption.
It challenges gravity, inertia, and surface tension.

The paintings that make La Déchirure reflect our actual: a fractured duality. Colors juxtapose on the canvas and don’t intermingle; the worlds are inconsolable. The show is an openness to the precariousness, between reality and dreamlike of the possible.

La Déchirure is a solo exhibition by Ghassan Zard taking place at Galerie Tanit, hors-les-murs, Starco Center, Bloc C, Unit 117 from December 15, 2020 until February 15, 2021, doors open from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

The artist will be present at the exhibition on Tuesday, December 15, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

On A Shore

Forever loyal to his artistic approach, self-contemplation and research, Ghassan Zard takes off with a new theme: the maritime scene. Through paintings, sculptures and drawings, Zard has this exhibition depict his mind. The literature written about the fluid enormity of the subconscious inspires the work that revolves and circles back to the aquatic universe.

Homer, Jules Verne, Herman Melville, Hemingway, Virginia Woolf and many more would find a tribute to their words here.

Zard does not reside by the sea. His readings; his dreams of bent and altered light; floating organisms and mutated colours are what drove him to express, across a completely different world, the intimacy of this realm that is animating his imagination.

He perseveres to interrogate the connection between the living and their metamorphoses and reveals it flowingly, upon the surface of the canvas and into the overlooked concaves of his sculptures. From the temperament of the wind, to the cycle and realization of the waves, to the traces left in the sand and its inhabitants, Zard’s works excavate the tales hidden within.

This exhibition invites the audience to navigate across different perspectives. Be it with the displacement of the eyes and the body, or the sentiments and dreams, this navigation provides an unending supply of variations. Zard’s varied artistic choices and gestures – investigating the fertility and impermanence of the deep- align themselves with the varied reception of those who observe, sense and imagine.

The artist amuses himself with suspensions, superposition, chromatic rhythms and graphic eruption to expose narrations that are already set in motion.

The result is the spatial, pictorial and sculptural expression of a potential memory of all realms as well as their tireless interdependence. An archeology of sensible and imagined phenomenon for sand grains or cataclysms that fabricate our world.

The games Ghassan plays carry on, due to overturned horizons and reversed vistas, where one confuses water, air, earth and fire. Games where waves turn to shores, where fish take flight, where islands become seashells and vice versa.

Savant and wild games where elemental forces, geology and biology become the poetic and playful conductors to forthcoming thought.

C.M for G
Translation by Charles Khalil

Lucy in the Sky

La Galerie Tanit présente Lucy in the Sky, une sélection de toiles récentes de Ghassan Zard.

Cette exposition met en lumière différents leviers théoriques et réflexions picturales, leurs genèses et le développement à l’œuvre dans la pratique de l’artiste.

Le parti pris scénographique se lit avant tout comme un parcours, il invite le spectateur à déambuler aux travers d’expériences visuelles aux discours multiples. Différentes écritures plastiques se croisent, s’interpellent pour toujours traduire la mobilité des états d’âmes, à la fois emprises de fluidité aérienne et aquatique, ou de dynamiques plus terrestre et souterraine.

Tour à tour les toiles évoquent des points de vue panoramiques sur un paysage nébuleux rappelant « le pont flottant des rêves ». Certaines font passages, se rapprochent du motif devenu chimère irreprésentable pour nicher le regard dans l’en-dedans organique d’une matière en devenir.

Car s’il est avant tout question de peinture dans toute la spontanéité du geste picturale, il est aussi question de condition humaine, du devenir disparition de l’homme. Là est toute la pensée élaborative de Ghassan Zard. En effet, son approche s’ancre dans un questionnement fécond autour de l’acte de création comme conjuration de la perte d’un être cher. Une pensée créative, presque magique qui symboliquement pourrait combattre les souvenirs de violence et de souffrance ancrés au plus profond de l’inconscient.

Véritables traces silencieuses de consolation, rêveries qui chercheraient leur forme sous des aspects éphémères – dans un cycle sans fin entre mort et renaissance – cette série de toiles trouve sa correspondance musicale dans le Chant de la terre, symphonie avec voix composée par Gustav Mahler. L’artiste a su trouver dans ce poème les structures narratives de son discours pictural.  L’intégralité de l’exposition – au-delà de ses possibilités formelles, plastiques et poétiques – suivrait de ce fait les différents thèmes abordés par Mahler : la vanité du cycle de la vie, la superficialité de la beauté et de l’amour, la poignance de la douleur de l’âme, la perte, l’oubli.

Dans cette volonté de transcender la douleur par la beauté de la création artistique, Ghassan Zard nous invite à une déambulation picturale à travers l’imagination matérielle des éléments : eau, air, terre, feu, font liants et pigments, font fondements aussi à la base de toutes choses.

Par ce mouvement de retour à la genèse de la matière et à l’en-dedans des émotions humaines chaque toile est murmure, chant. Elles deviennent ces leviers abstraits tentant de comprendre la naissance des choses et leur devenir, pour mieux cerner – ou peut-être cerner autrement – les débuts de cet homme qui est et devient, en éprouvant, en s’exprimant, en inscrivant, en souffrant, en créant.

Retour aux prémisses donc, à la naissance de l’homme et avec lui de l’humanité entière, Lucy in the Sky, comme référence à Lucy, la première, la pionnière, symbole de l’homme qui naît à l’humanité, pour en ériger la condition…Eternellement.

Clémence Cottard Hashem

La Déchirure
Ghassan Zard
Untitled 6 from La Déchirure
Acrylic on Canvas
2020
130 cm x 170 cm

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Untitled 3
Acrylic on Canvas
2020
130 cm x 170 cm

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Untitled 7
Acrylic on Canvas
2020
150 cm x 250 cm

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Untitled 2
Acrylic on Canvas
2020
130 cm x 170 cm

A thin line.
A flatline.
An interruption.

Never expected, an interruption changes the flow and suddenly you’re swept away on an opposing surface.

La Déchirure or being ripped out from one universe to feel lost in a second, from a status-quo into an unsettling state. Ghassan Zard’s La Déchirure focuses on the interruption we recently experienced. The works come from the in-between that follows the rupturing phenomenon.

It emphasizes the disruption.
It challenges gravity, inertia, and surface tension.

The paintings that make La Déchirure reflect our actual: a fractured duality. Colors juxtapose on the canvas and don’t intermingle; the worlds are inconsolable. The show is an openness to the precariousness, between reality and dreamlike of the possible.

La Déchirure is a solo exhibition by Ghassan Zard taking place at Galerie Tanit, hors-les-murs, Starco Center, Bloc C, Unit 117 from December 15, 2020 until February 15, 2021, doors open from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

The artist will be present at the exhibition on Tuesday, December 15, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

On A Shore
Ghassan Zard
Untitled
Acrylic on Canvas
2018
120 cm x 100 cm

Ghassan Zard
Untitled 4, On A Shore
Resin, Wood and Metal
2019
285 cm x 230 cm x 130 cm

Forever loyal to his artistic approach, self-contemplation and research, Ghassan Zard takes off with a new theme: the maritime scene. Through paintings, sculptures and drawings, Zard has this exhibition depict his mind. The literature written about the fluid enormity of the subconscious inspires the work that revolves and circles back to the aquatic universe.

Homer, Jules Verne, Herman Melville, Hemingway, Virginia Woolf and many more would find a tribute to their words here.

Zard does not reside by the sea. His readings; his dreams of bent and altered light; floating organisms and mutated colours are what drove him to express, across a completely different world, the intimacy of this realm that is animating his imagination.

He perseveres to interrogate the connection between the living and their metamorphoses and reveals it flowingly, upon the surface of the canvas and into the overlooked concaves of his sculptures. From the temperament of the wind, to the cycle and realization of the waves, to the traces left in the sand and its inhabitants, Zard’s works excavate the tales hidden within.

This exhibition invites the audience to navigate across different perspectives. Be it with the displacement of the eyes and the body, or the sentiments and dreams, this navigation provides an unending supply of variations. Zard’s varied artistic choices and gestures – investigating the fertility and impermanence of the deep- align themselves with the varied reception of those who observe, sense and imagine.

The artist amuses himself with suspensions, superposition, chromatic rhythms and graphic eruption to expose narrations that are already set in motion.

The result is the spatial, pictorial and sculptural expression of a potential memory of all realms as well as their tireless interdependence. An archeology of sensible and imagined phenomenon for sand grains or cataclysms that fabricate our world.

The games Ghassan plays carry on, due to overturned horizons and reversed vistas, where one confuses water, air, earth and fire. Games where waves turn to shores, where fish take flight, where islands become seashells and vice versa.

Savant and wild games where elemental forces, geology and biology become the poetic and playful conductors to forthcoming thought.

C.M for G
Translation by Charles Khalil

Lucy in the Sky
Ghassan Zard
Eat Marshmellow
Acrylic on Canvas
2016
130 cm x 200 cm

La Galerie Tanit présente Lucy in the Sky, une sélection de toiles récentes de Ghassan Zard.

Cette exposition met en lumière différents leviers théoriques et réflexions picturales, leurs genèses et le développement à l’œuvre dans la pratique de l’artiste.

Le parti pris scénographique se lit avant tout comme un parcours, il invite le spectateur à déambuler aux travers d’expériences visuelles aux discours multiples. Différentes écritures plastiques se croisent, s’interpellent pour toujours traduire la mobilité des états d’âmes, à la fois emprises de fluidité aérienne et aquatique, ou de dynamiques plus terrestre et souterraine.

Tour à tour les toiles évoquent des points de vue panoramiques sur un paysage nébuleux rappelant « le pont flottant des rêves ». Certaines font passages, se rapprochent du motif devenu chimère irreprésentable pour nicher le regard dans l’en-dedans organique d’une matière en devenir.

Car s’il est avant tout question de peinture dans toute la spontanéité du geste picturale, il est aussi question de condition humaine, du devenir disparition de l’homme. Là est toute la pensée élaborative de Ghassan Zard. En effet, son approche s’ancre dans un questionnement fécond autour de l’acte de création comme conjuration de la perte d’un être cher. Une pensée créative, presque magique qui symboliquement pourrait combattre les souvenirs de violence et de souffrance ancrés au plus profond de l’inconscient.

Véritables traces silencieuses de consolation, rêveries qui chercheraient leur forme sous des aspects éphémères – dans un cycle sans fin entre mort et renaissance – cette série de toiles trouve sa correspondance musicale dans le Chant de la terre, symphonie avec voix composée par Gustav Mahler. L’artiste a su trouver dans ce poème les structures narratives de son discours pictural.  L’intégralité de l’exposition – au-delà de ses possibilités formelles, plastiques et poétiques – suivrait de ce fait les différents thèmes abordés par Mahler : la vanité du cycle de la vie, la superficialité de la beauté et de l’amour, la poignance de la douleur de l’âme, la perte, l’oubli.

Dans cette volonté de transcender la douleur par la beauté de la création artistique, Ghassan Zard nous invite à une déambulation picturale à travers l’imagination matérielle des éléments : eau, air, terre, feu, font liants et pigments, font fondements aussi à la base de toutes choses.

Par ce mouvement de retour à la genèse de la matière et à l’en-dedans des émotions humaines chaque toile est murmure, chant. Elles deviennent ces leviers abstraits tentant de comprendre la naissance des choses et leur devenir, pour mieux cerner – ou peut-être cerner autrement – les débuts de cet homme qui est et devient, en éprouvant, en s’exprimant, en inscrivant, en souffrant, en créant.

Retour aux prémisses donc, à la naissance de l’homme et avec lui de l’humanité entière, Lucy in the Sky, comme référence à Lucy, la première, la pionnière, symbole de l’homme qui naît à l’humanité, pour en ériger la condition…Eternellement.

Clémence Cottard Hashem

Ghassan Zard News
"Mazarine Variations, Paris in collaboration with Galerie Tanit Beyrouth, are pleased to present “Mare Astra – L’Île où est né le Soleil“, a solo exhibition by Ghassan Zard. Opening on Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 5 PM to 8:30 PM, in presence of the artist. Exhibition running through November 30, 2022. Mazarine Variations 26, Rue […]"
Mare Astra – L’Île où est né le Soleil
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Turtles – An itinerant art installation by Ghassan Zard
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"1st  Station: Deir el Qamar 8th of July, 2016 From 17h till 19h30 At l’Institut Francais in Deir el Qamar ~ The exhibition will be on view till the 21st of July, 2016 L’institut Francais is open from Monday to Saturday from 9h till 18h. 2nd Station: Byblos 3rd Station: Saida Click here to view the […]"