|Like most people of Armenian
ancestry, George Alemshah has lived an international life. Born
in Heliopolis, Egypt in 1939, George immigrated to Beirut,
Lebanon as a teenager. There he met his wife of more than 30
years, Sonia. With the whisperings of an eminent war in the air,
the Alemshah family left for North America. After a seven year
stop over in Canada, George, Sonia and their two young sons
finally settled in sunny southern California where George has
worked as a successful Interior Designer and Artist.
George's love for painting was a joy born
out of necessity. Having lost his own father as a small boy, his
first paintings were a way to remember his father and his
childhood. A bit disjointed, sometimes shattered; just like his
journey through life - George's paintings can be described as
looking through the eye of a prism. His style (often described
as Cubic Impressionism) was one he perfected in Beirut. George
has studied with Eugene Kassassinoff, the former artist to the
Egyptian Royal Family.
George attained a high degree of success
with permanent exhibitions around Lebanon and much of the Middle
East. But George's paintings, like his life, have always changed
and evolved. His cubist beginnings have graduated into many
forms of abstract expressionism. No longer content with only
Egyptian influences, George has done a series of African
Animals, abstract expressionism and traditional Armenian
scences. He has also continued to paint his "bon vivant"
series. These paintings depict George's philosophy of life; eat,
drink and be merry.
Representative of the times in his life,
George has paintings in private collections around the world. In
those paintings are chronicled: Exotic places, childhood
memories, deep seated fears and shattered dreams but most of all
love for his family, life and hope for tomorrow.
few words from George Alemshah
||Painting is my answer to Life. It's the
way I deal with the ups, downs, ins and outs of my existence.
Therefore, my paintings are often a very good reflection of my inner
||I am an Armenian born in
Egypt. My life has taken me to many places including Beirut, Lebanon
and Toronto, Canada. I have been a
Californian since 1975. I started painting in the early 1960's and have been
heavily influenced by the many different places, cultures and
traditions I have been witness to.
||The Master Painters who have had the
most influence on my aesthetics are George Rouault, Bernard Buffet,
Gaugin, Van Gogh and Picasso.
||My Bon Vivant
series are still life paintings. I paint these works about the
things that bring joy to ones life: flowers, food and wine.
My Egyptian series are my
interpretation of the Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Growing up in Egypt
left a strong impression on me and these paintings are my tribute to
that place and my childhood.
My African series are scenes inspired
by the wildlife and foliage native to the continent of Africa.
My Abstract series are my
impressionist paintings. These paintings are the most direct
expression of my feelings and artistic aesthetics.
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