These are four portraits by prolific Beirut artist Jean-Marc Nahas I spotted on Armenia Street, in the Mar Mikhael district, in the Lebanese capital last fall.
When seeing this piece below, I remarked to a colleague that it belonged in a gallery, even though it felt quite at home on a wall on a hip central Beirut street. Turns out Nahas’s work can be found in several galleries around the world, as well as in the collections of the British Museum and Bank Audi.
Born in Beirut in 1963, Nahas studied at the L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, spent some time in Canada, and returned home in 1988 to help create a movement to change the face of Lebanese art. When he draws, he says, “It’s like “I’m writing a book…a poem…a letter to someone.”
I’m sure that there are more, but I’m glad I found these four. You have a favorite? I like the universality of the first, and the captivating, probing eyes of the second.
More about Nahas? Some links for further exploration:
- Jean-Marc Nahas profile and works on ARTIV8
- Jean-Marc Nahas Profile on APEAL, The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon
- Report on the 2013 Nahas exhibition “Air Wall” at the Beirut Exhibition Center (video)
- Live Painting – 2013 exhibit at the Beirut Exhibition Center
In case you missed it, I posted a 19-photo introduction to Beirut Street Art in December. Do check it out.
And for the record, the lead photo, which serves as the site’s 837th straight Pic du Jour, was snapped in Beirut, Lebanon, on 10 November 2015.