b.1923, Allentown, PA; d, 2009, Beirut, Lebanon
Born in Pennsylvania, Helen Khal was an artist and art critic of Lebanese descent who moved to Lebanon early in her career. She began working primarily as a portraitist before developing an ethereal style that showcased her mastery of light and color, painting hazy, atmospheric, and semi-abstract landscapes. The intimate works shown in the exhibit are from Khal’s 1970s period during which she was developing her color field painting style.
An influential member of the Beirut arts scene in the 1960s and ‘70s, Khal was close to Huguette Caland and other key artists. She held solo exhibitions at Galerie Trois Feuilles d'Or, Beirut (1965); Galerie Manoug, Beirut (1968); at the First National Bank, Allentown, Pennsylvania (1969); in Kaslik, Lebanon (1970); at the Contact Art Gallery, Beirut (1972, 1974 and 1975) and at the Bolivar Gallery in Kingston, Jamaica in 1975. Her work appeared in the Biennales of Alexandria and Sao Paulo. Khal began her studies in 1946 at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, ALBA, under celebrated Lebanese painter Cesar Gemayel, and continued them at the Art Students League, in New York. In 9963, she co-founded and directed Gallery One in Beirut, one of Lebanon’s first galleries.
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