BEIRUT / Galerie Janine Rubeiz presents Jamil Molaeb’s new series of paintings inspired by the landscapes he sees in the mountains of Lebanon and scenes from the traditional life of different Arab communities. He depicts in his own way the villages, cities, fields and the people in their daily life.

image Jamil Molaeb / Alphabet of Reality, 2012, oil on canvas, 160x200 cm / Courtesy of Galerie Janine Rubeiz

“I have been painting for more than 50 years, searching for an image that will satisfy me. I try to catch that picture that is always running away from me. I move from a time to another, from a painting to another as if they were memories of another life. Every painting is pushing me to draw the next one. I try to learn from nature the shape, the color and the movement so that my work becomes a reality of its own, with a time of its own.” – Jamil Molaeb

image Jamil Molaeb / Alphabet of Reality, 2012, oil on canvas, 205x158 cm / Courtesy of Galerie Janine Rubeiz

image Jamil Molaeb / Alphabet of Reality - Detail, 2012, oil on canvas, 205x158 cm / Courtesy of Galerie Janine Rubeiz

Jamil Molaeb

Born in Lebanon in 1948, Jamil Molaeb graduated from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in 1972 and received a Masters of Arts from the Pratt Institute in New York. He obtained a PhD degree in Art Education from the University of Ohio in 1979. He lives and works in Lebanon. A regular exhibitor at the Musée Sursock since 1966, he was awarded the Special Painting Prize during the 18th Salon d’Auntomne in 1995.

He has been widely exhibited in Lebanon at Galerie Janine Rubeiz, in Algeria at the Ministry of Tourism from 1978 to 1980, at the Institute Brat in Brooklyn-New York in 1987. He also took part in Europ’Art 99 in Geneva and the “St’art 2001” Foire d’Art Contemporain de Starsbourg-France with Galerie Janine Rubeiz. In 2005, his work was exhibited in the "Brushes for Feathers" exhibition organized by Galerie Janine Rubeiz for the benefit of the Lebanese Foundation of the National Library at the Sursock Museum. His works were present with Galerie Janine Rubeiz in Abu Dhabi Art and Art Dubai since 2009.

Molaeb has been participating in several sculpture symposia since 1999 mainly in Lebanon. In 2003, he took part in the International Sculpture Symposium of Bahrain-Manama. Many art books on Molaeb’s oeuvre were published by Fine Arts Publishing - Beirut. His work is permanently found at Galerie Janine Rubeiz in Beirut.

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