I am pleased to announce that from January 14 2017 through February 12 2017, I will be hosting a show that is very important to me in many ways.
Today I’m the very proud granddaughter of Ioram Mamaladze. As an artist this show was Ioram’s long time dream that he was never able to realize during his short but very productive, rich, and artful life. He was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi, Georgia where he taught perspective, watercolor, and oil painting courses, and participated in many group shows with his fellow artists. His paintings now reside in different museums in Georgia as well as in private collections. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have had him by my side all these years, even though his presence was always real to me. His paintings, his books, and his art supplies – brushes, pallet knives, paints – were always available for me to use.
Below are three of his paintings (click to enlarge):
The timing of this show is very unique and interesting. It was around my current age when his colorful career ended, leaving behind a wonderful family, relatives, and his beloved students. Now, 50 years later, I understand how young he was and that at his age, his career was merely at the verge of blossoming. As they say, the 50’s are an artist’s golden years.
I carefully chose the title “Inheritance” for this show because he left behind all of his precious art to me and our family. I feel as though I’m living his dream by carrying on his legacy and the talent that I inherited from him. Often times when I paint I have a silent conversation with him about my brushstrokes, perspective, or color choices. I feel his presence in my studio. For me, it’s so fulfilling; this exhibition has been my most challenging goal to achieve. I’ve been planning to organize this grandfather-granddaughter show for the longest time and I’d like to thank the MAC Gallery for considering my proposal and recognizing this generational show to be noteworthy.
I hope that both of us, with our art, touched you deeply and maybe for a moment let you experience and realize what a wonderful artist my grandfather Ioram Mamaladze was.
Thank you all for coming, please enjoy the show.
Click here to view the invitation leaflet.
If you’d like a hard copy of the invitation, please contact me.