Ghassan Muhsin Art
Art Exhibition Opening Reception
133 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
New York; March 2011: The Pomegranate Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition A Fresh Start: New works by Ghassan Muhsen. Opening reception Saturday, April 9th, 2011, 6-8 p.m.
A career diplomat, Ambassador Ghassan Muhsen excels as an artist with over 21 solo exhibitions, over 40 joint shows in four continents ranging from New Delhi to New York, from Dubai to Tunis.
Born in Nassiriyah Iraq in 1945, Ghassan’s early life was that of constant change of scenery. The son of an army officer, Ghassan’s early life was in different parts of Iraq exposing the young Ghassan to the different geographies, peoples, colors and architecture of Iraq. Ghassan’s father loved to travel and regularly took his young family on trips abroad, including, when Ghassan was a teenager, a cross-European trek that explored Europe with England as the final destination. It was this trip that was to have a profound effect on Ghassan. In addition to exploring Europe, Ghassan visited various museums along the way. It was here that Ghassan was able to see the works of the Masters up close for the first time. What he had seen in books in the past, he was able to study in detail. He was particularly attracted to the paintings of the Impressionists
Joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ghassan was able to work within a field that fed his love of travel and learning of other countries and cultures. While posted in New York in the 1970’s Ghassan’s artistic spirit surfaced. New York’s vibrant cultural scene, art world, museums, people and architecture influenced Ghassan to the point where he took up oil paints and canvas and started painting in a formal fashion. His creativity was heavily influenced by his surroundings, so in his next posting to Pakistan, Ghassan was introduced to floral influences as well as traditional art of the Indian Sub-Continent.
Rising through the ranks Ghassan Muhsen attained the rank of Ambassador, and served most recently as Iraq’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain before retiring in 2010, having settled in Bahrain, Ambassador Ghassan Muhsen is dedicated to his true love; Art.
Also on view: Contemporary Iraqi Art from the gallery collection, catalogue available.
The gallery is supported in part by the Oded Halahmy Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization created to fund original artistic expressions that will promote a greater cultural understanding of the Middle East, thereby fostering peace and hope around the world. The Foundation has already supported a number of Middle Eastern writers and poets by bringing their translated books to the American audience.
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