January 2017: Inheritance – Mamaladze Exhibition

M.A.C. Team 2nd Saturday, 2nd Saturday 2017, Exhibits

Opening Reception:
Saturday, January 14th
4-7pm

Exhibit Dates:
January 14th – February 4th
Thursday – Saturday, 4-7pm

INHERITANCE: the renaissance of a vision 

I feel as though I am living his dream by carrying his legacy and the talent that I inherited from him. Often times when I paint I have a silent conversation with him about my brushstrokes, perspective, or color choices. I feel his presence in my studio. My grandfather, Ioram Mamaladze, was a fine artist and this show is my opportunity to both honor his legacy and continue my personal journey.
– Matiko Mamaladze

 


A note from Matiko Mamaladze: 

This show is very important for me in many ways. Today I’m the very proud granddaughter of my grandfather Ioram Mamaladze. As an artist this show was his long time dream as that he was never able to organize during his short but very productive, rich, and artful life. He was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi, Georgia.  He had many group shows with his fellow artists and his paintings now reside in different museums in Georgia and in private collections. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have had him by my side all these years even though his presence was always real to me. His paintings, his books, and his art supplies – brushes, pallet knives, paints – were always available to me.

The timing of this show is also very unique and interesting at this moment, as my grandfather and I would have being the same age. It was around this age when his colorful career ended, leaving behind a wonderful family, relatives, and his beloved students. Now, 50 years later, I understand how young he was and his career was merely at the verge of blossoming. As they say, the 50’s are an artist’s golden years.
I carefully chose the title “Inheritance” for this show because he left behind all of his precious art to me and our family. I feel as though I’m living his dream by carrying his legacy and talent that I inherited from him. Often times when I paint I have a silent conversation with him about my brushstrokes, perspective, or color choices. I feel his presence in my studio. For me, it’s so fulfilling; this was my lengthiest goal to achieve. I’ve been planning to organize this granddaughter – granddaughter show for the longest time and I’d like to thank the Media Arts Center & Gallery for considering my proposal and recognizing this generational show to be noteworthy.
Thank you. Please enjoy the show.