Chaouki Chamoun is one of the Middle East's most renowned artists. Born in Sariine Tahta, the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon in 1942, he studied architectural drawing at night school, then joined the Lebanese University where he won art scholarships to Syracuse University and later to New York University. Through more than thirty oneman shows and over fifty group exhibitions, his work has continuously evolved in search of a new aesthetic vocabulary. With over 300 plates to illustrate his story, Chamoun leads us through his own artistic journey, showing how the schools of the modern era have informed his technique and imagery, and how he has been motivated and inspired as much by the tiniest details of a pebble as by the political turmoil visited on his homeland. Going beyond a record of his life and art, this book delves into what drives an artist to create.
Born in Lebanon in 1942, Chamoun is a major part of the national and international art scene. He has participated in over fifty group art shows and biennales since 1969, as well as exhibiting his work in public and private art collections in various cities throughout the world. He is the president of the Lebanese Artists Association, as well as a consultant and founding member of the Lebanese Artists Syndicate. He has taught at a number of universities in both the US and Lebanon. Author location: Beirut, Lebanon
The Beginning and Years of Self-Discovery 11 A Twist of Fate 23 Hopes and Setbacks 27 A Dream Come True! 33 The Cradle of my Art 37 In the United States 51 Years of Agony 83 A New Beginning: A New Direction 89 Between Lebanon and the States 107 A Landscape Prelude 121 Back in the States with My Family 127 Shuttling Again Between New York and Adonis 145 Mostly Black 177 Nature Revisited 199 Domestic Inspirations 203 A 2000 Anniversary Homage 209 Cana: A Painful Inspiration 213 The Big Fall 223 A New Journey 231 The Desert Experience 263 Freer at Seventy 289 Biography 317