On Friday, November 18, 2011, the painting exhibition of Adonis Tohme opened at the Matossian Gallery of Haigazian University’s Art Center. The exhibition featured 35 acrylic paintings of various sizesthat range from portraits to abstract works, all expressed in vivid and bright colors. Tohme reveals that sometimes the colors “tyrannize” him and take on a mind of their own, changing the work in ways he never would have expected. However, as he has said, the last word is always his. As one can tell from titles like “Waiting for Mr. Goodbar” and “Old Man and Star,” some of Tohme’s paintings have been inspired by works of literature. This is understandable due to the artist’s literary background.
Tohme graduated from the American University of Beirut in English Literature in 1963 and later received degrees in Applied Linguistics and T.E.F.L. Recently retired from a teaching career that spanned over 40 years, Tohme now has more time to focus on his first love, painting. It was in 1976 that he had his first exhibition, after which he took a long break until 2002. Nevertheless, in all that time he never stopped painting and his oeuvre of 120 paintings has been published in a book that is available at this exhibition. As an artist, he has been influenced by ArefRayyes, FatehMoudaress and James “Sully” Sullivan, painters that he has had a close personal connection to.
“A Few Dots…And Then… A Lot More” is in course until November 30, 2011.