May 11, 2014
Kevork Mourad’s paintings carry a sense of history, each one describing a timeline from the ancient past to the abstract future and containing suggestions of the conflict, violence, sadness, passion, and, for better or for worse, humanity that define the course of that timeline.
Born in Qamishli, Syria, Mourad now lives and works in New York City. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts in Armenia. Mourad has been a resident teaching artist at Brandeis University, Harvard University, and Holy Cross (Worcester). He is the only visual artist member in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and is featured in the film “Music of Strangers” (2016).
Through painting and performance, Kevork Mourad explores the gravity of place-loss, the nature of time, and the collective memory that binds us together as humans. Out of Mourad’s lines, impressions and strokes – a repertoire of markings that has been mastered over years of daily practice – emerges a panorama from the historical Unconscious, a scenography that is directly connected to his Armenian and Syrian heritage. His brushstrokes act as a helix, tethering the present and the past, tracing the contours of history through architectural, artifactual, calligraphic and human forms. Open and generous with his process, he collaborates as a matter of instinct, building micro-communities during the creation or co-production of a painting, live drawing, or performance.