From left: Jean Paul Guiragossian, Manuella Guiragossian and Emmanuel Guiragossian addressing the media at the Anima Gallery at the Pearl Qatar here yesterday. (Salim Matramkot)
By Isabel Ovalle
DOHA: The first exhibition displaying works of renowned Armenian-Lebanese painter Paul Guiragossian, his sons Emmanuel and Jean Paul and his daughter Manuella, opened its doors yesterday at Anima Gallery at The Pearl Qatar.
Until February 28, the ‘The Family’ exhibition will feature 17 paintings — all of which have the human element in common —with a price range from QR3,650 to QR328,500.
The show comprises four pieces by Paul Guiragossian, which he painted between 1980 and 1987, another six pieces by Manuella, painted in 2010 and 2012, four by Emmanuel painted in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and three by Jean Paul painted in 2001 and 2008.
Paul Guiragossian (1926-1993) was born in a family of artists. He was the first artist to do a solo show in Beirut and also exhibited collectively in Europe, the United States, Armenia, Belorussia, and Arab countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Syria.
Among his five children, three pursued a career in art. Emmanuel, the eldest, is a painter, sculptor, graphic artist, publisher and musician. He belongs to a sixth generation of artists and grew up influenced by his grandmother’s stories about the war.
The other son, Jean Paul, has also worked very lively throughout the years, participating in numerous collective exhibitions in Berlin, Tokyo, Paris, Madrid, New York, London and Los Angeles.
Manuella, the youngest of the siblings taking part in the exhibition, has concentrated mainly in animations and had her first solo exhibition in 1989. In 2011, she established the Paul Guiragossian Foundation.
At a press briefing to launch the exhibition, Manuella Guiragossian said that the artist can contribute to help people in suffering with a positive approach to the problems that impact human life. “It’s important for me to take positivity, inspire others and bring hope,” she added.
The family has one big studio in Lebanon where they discuss how to improve their work. Both Paul and Emmanuel paintings are mainly about the human condition, while Jean Paul paints about injustice towards women and nature.
It’s the first joint exhibition for the Guiragossian’s and also the first one for all of them in Doha. Jean Paul said that at first it was difficult for them to say yes to the proposal of curator Ghada Sholy of Anima Gallery. However, “she chose the paintings perfectly, selecting those that were connected without competing with each other,” he added.