On the occasion of the Independence Day of Lebanon, Mark Hachem Gallery, in collaboration with the Consul General of Lebanon in New York, Mr. Majdi Ramadan, and Mrs. Vanessa Raphael Ramadan, have the pleasure of inviting you to an Art Exhibition curated by Ms. Hala A. Malak, at the Grand Ball Room in NY on Friday November 20, 2015, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.
The Exhibition will feature selective bronze sculptures by Alfred Basbous, and paintings by several acclaimed and upcoming Lebanese artists, including Oussamah Ghandour, Yasmine Taan, Eli Soueiby, Gaby Ferneine, Michel Karsouny, Audree Anid, Denise Nassar, Jad Abou Zeki, Fadi Asmar, Clara Abi Nader, and Hala A. Malak.
Born in Rachana, Lebanon, in 1924, three years following the birth of his brother Michel, Alfred Basbous had a peripatetic childhood. His family moved around, living among different communities, as his father was a parish priest.
Alfred initially worked with stone, and later began carving works in wood and metal, primarily to represent animals and female nudes. In 1960, he received a scholarship from the French government and became a pupil of the sculptor René Collamarini at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
In 1961, his works were included in the International Sculpture Exhibition at the Musée Rodin, Paris. Returning home, Alfred drew inspiration from the Modernism of Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Jean Arp, as well as the nature of Lebanon, reflected in his work on the human body and feminine curves.