Illustration: Khalil Gibran Tri-Panel

by Max on July 25, 2001

As a proud Lebanese, I have a special interest in our Diaspora across the world the generations of talented individuals sprung from it. A well known example of this is Khalil Gibran, an extraordinary Lebanese American artist, poet, writer and philosopher, and a personal inspiration to my work and view of aesthetics in life.

Here’s a short biography from Wikipedia for the uninformed:

Khalil Gibran (born Gibrān Khalīl Gibrān bin Mikhā’īl bin Sa’ad; Arabic جبران خليل جبران بن ميکائيل بن سعد), (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of Ottoman Syria), as a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. He is chiefly known for his 1923 book The Prophet, a series of philosophical essays written in English prose. An early example of Inspirational fiction, the book sold well despite a cool critical reception, and became extremely popular in 1960s counterculture.

When I started experimenting with drawing and colors in early 2001, I decided to create a tri-panel with Gibran sitting in a slightly different pose than his famous photo, applying Warhol-risque color schemes and placement.

The result was the a bit unsatisfactory, but still remains as an interesting experiment. And here they are:

Tools used: Charcoal, Colored Wax

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