Tbilisi exhibition celebrates acclaimed Georgian artist’s legacy

Christmas in Abastumani by Irakli Parjiani. Mixed media on cardboard, 1985. Photo from Baia Gallery/Facebook.
Agenda.ge, 28 Dec 2015 - 15:04, Tbilisi,Georgia

A collection of Christmas paintings by renowned late Georgian artist Irakli Parjiani opened for visitors of the Tbilisi-based Baia Gallery on Sunday.

Parjiani's paintings - displayed within the theme Christmas in Abastumani - featured the artistic style of the prize-winning painter who was posthumously awarded several of the country’s highest honours.

The display will include mixed media works on cardboard, paper and canvas and feature various scenes illustrating landscapes and figures on the subject.

Annunciation by Irakli Parjiani. Oil on canvas, 1987. Photo from Baia Gallery/Facebook.

Works by the acclaimed painter were recently exhibited at the Art Palace museum in Georgia's capital to mark the late artist's 65th birthday this year.

Born in 1950, Parjiani graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 1974 and worked as a freelance artist.

He was featured in European exhibitions throughout 1990s including displays in Berlin and Barcelona.

A sketch by Irakli Parjiani. Watercolour on paper. Photo from Baia Gallery/Facebook.

The Georgian artist's work included illustrations for Goethe’s Faust, Homer’s Odyssey as well as Georgian and German fairytales.

Parjiani died in Tbilisi in 1991, aged 41. Since his passing his work has been exhibited in Tbilisi and throughout Europe.

The painter was posthumously awarded the State Prize of Georgia in 1992 and the Pirosmani Prize in 1996.

The exhibition Christmas in Abastumani will run until January 8.