On Wednesday 30th of November 2016, OPERA GALLERY BEIRUT welcomed for the first time in Lebanon the world renowned artist JEAN FRANÇOIS LARRIEU to hold a solo exhibition after being showcased all around the world such as Paris, New York, Taipei, Lima and Seoul among others.
This night, hosted by OPERA GALLERY BEIRUT and represented by its owners and collectors Mr. & Mrs. Georges and Salwa Chalhoub gathered an elite guest list with the contribution of Cynthia Sarkis Perros – LUXURY LIMITED EDITION.
When entering the exhibition, Larrieu’s audience was transported by his dreamy and colorful world of cities and landscapes tailor-made for Lebanon. Marrying nature and architecture into vivid forms, Jean-François Larrieu’s “LE CHANT DES COULEURS” portrays dense urban spaces that suggests a reaffirmation of literal and figurative roots.
Through his paintings, the artist invites us to join him on a fabulous journey into his magical cities where Roman and Gothic porches, Baroque palaces, the China of Marco Polo as well as the Venice of Casanova are strongly reminiscent. When the painted cities on canvas are near completion, the painter ingeniously conjures into being an emblematic figure, which of most is an animal.
Founded in 1994 by Gilles Dyan, member of the European Chamber of Expert – Advisors in Fine Art – C.E.C.O.A. – Opera Gallery Group, now internationally established with 12 galleries in the world – is one of the rare international art gallery networks with locations on several continents: North America, Europe, Asia and Middle East.
Since its creation, Opera Gallery Group has always strived to offer its international collectors unique access to a diversity of multicultural artists, from the works of Modern Masters such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Bernard Buffet, Henri Matisse, Lucio Fontana or Andy Warhol, just to name a few, to the most sought-after contemporary artists – Marc Quinn, Yayoi Kusama, Yue Minjun, David Mach, Gérard Rancinan, Lita Cabellut, Joe Black, among others.
The exhibition will be open to the public from December 1 till December 17, Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM at the Opera Gallery Beirut, Foch 94, Foch Avenue, Beirut Central District.