Boutique art platform Banzy Gallery and Lebanese Talents have come together to launch a new contemporary fine art platform at Art Corner. Running until the end of the year, Lebanese Talents brings nine local artists into a single space, Art Corner, in a bid to highlight the very best local talent. A fantastic imitative, Lebanese Talents is the brainchild of Banzy’s Bane Khater and Simon Mhanna of Lebanese Talents.
Bane Khater and Simon Mhanna are together bringing nine of Lebanon’s very best artists to Art Corner in order to showcase their work and expose the public to the talents lying among them. The artists range from the famous, Charles Khoury, Annie Kurkdjian and Mohammad Abdallag, to the established, Simon Mhanna and Ghassan Ouaiss, to the very new, Ryan Eid.
The project consists of an integrated physical and virtual gallery featuring a carefully curated selection of affordable, original artworks by prominent Lebanese artists. Khater explains, “Every year, we will be adding one young talent to focus on and help rise within the art world. Otherwise the artists are already known.
The main distinction in Lebanese Talents is that all pieces are of one size, around 30×30 cm and our prices are very affordable.” A permanent gallery will reside at Art Corner alongside regular exhibits with new artists added to the selection roughly every three months.
For the first exhibition, on show until the end of the year, the exhibition consists of a wide range of Lebanese talent. Charles Khoury, Mohammad Abdullah, Annie Kurkdjian, Sara Chaar, Simon Mhanna, Ghassan Ouais and Ryan Eid represent an exciting collection. Newcomer Eid’s work is inspired by the different facial expressions he comes across on a daily basis and how they are a tangible reflection of what each person is feeling or experiencing, be it happiness, misery, sadness or hunger among others. An exciting proposition, Lebanese Talents is certainly something to explore.