Beirut Street Art: Four Portraits by Jean-Marc Nahas

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.

 

Portrait by Jean-Marc Nahas in Beirut

Portrait by Jean-Marc Nahas in Beirut

Portrait by Jean-Marc Nahas in Beirut

Portrait by Jean-Marc Nahas in Beirut

More about Nahas? Some links for further exploration:

In case you missed it, I posted a 19-photo introduction to Beirut Street Art in December. Do check it out.

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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.

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  1. paula graham says

    Marvellous, true Art.

    1. Bob R says

      These really are phenomenal, aren’t they? Looking forward to exploring more of his work if I ever return to Beirut.

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