Talar Aghbashian

Born: 1981, Beirut, Lebanon
Lives and works in London

Qualifications and training
2007-2008 Master of Fine Art (MFA), Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London,UK
1999-2003 Bachelor Degree in Painting and Drawing – (Rank first) Lebanese University of Fine Arts, Beirut, Lebanon
2009-2010 Certificate of Higher Education, Arts Curation, Birkbeck University of London, UK

Solo exhibitions
Upcoming April 2018 Marfa’ Projects- Beirut, Lebanon
2015 Site/Sight- Carbon 12- Dubai, UAE
2013 Blind Finds- The Running Horse- Beirut- Lebanon
2005 The French Cultural Center Beirut- Lebanon

Selected Group exhibitions
2017 Make Your Mark, Hospital Rooms, PIY PaintLounge, Sluice Biennial- London, UK
2016 John Moores Painting Prize- Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool Museum Walker Art Gallery- Liverpool, UK
2016 Summer Mix- Turps Gallery- London, UK
2016 Winter Salon- Lubomirov/ Angus Hughes- London, UK
2015 Small Detonations- Carbon 12’s Rectangle- Dubai, UAE
2012 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition- The Mall Galleries- London, UK
2012 Seeing Is Believing- Canvas Central- Exhibition (and auction) for Christie’s blind charity event- Dubai, U.A.E
2012 ME.NA.SA.ART- B.I.E.L.- Beirut, Lebanon
2012 Songs of Ordinary Madness- The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space- Beirut Lebanon
2012 Odds Against Tomorrow- Bearspace Gallery- London UK
2011-2012 A Gush of Water Cleared the Land-The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space -Beirut           Lebanon
2011 Rebirth – Beirut Exhibition Centre Beirut, Lebanon
2010 Treasured Objects – Brunei Gallery SOAS London UK
2009 IAF Summer Show – Islington London UK
2009 The Minuco Art Show – Coningsby Gallery- London UK
2008 Spiritual promises from Lost Prophets- Cordy House- London UK
2008 Central Saint Martins degree show- London, UK
2008 MA Fine Art Auction-Central saint Martins – London, UK
2008 This Constant Cracking of the Surface at the Barge-House – London,UK
2007-2004- 2003 XXVIIe – XXVe- XXIVe Salon D’Automne, at Musee Nicolas Sursock- Beirut, Lebanon
2006 Pure Pop a collective international pop art exhibition Art Lounge- Beirut, Lebanon
2004 Group exhibition at Gallerie Epreuve D’artiste – Beirut, Lebanon
2004 Aachener Kunstroute – Group exhibition at Atelier 21 – Aachen, Germany

Awards and Grants
2016 John Moores Prizewinner
2007-2008 Grant of studies by AGBU, NY – U.S.A.
2007-2008 Grant of studies by Benlian Trust, London – UK

The French Cultural Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Lebanese University Collection, Beirut, Lebanon 

Curatorial Educational and Other
2010 Victoria and Albert Museum – The Blue Train Project, lead curator for exhibitions at The V&A, East Potential and Bow Arts Trust
2009 Natural History Museum- Contemporary Arts and Curation- in partnership with Gasworks
2003-2007 Instructor Architecture and Design Department, Color, History of Art, Drawing, and Illustration, Al- Manar University- Tripoli, Lebanon
2006 Al-Qabas Daily Newspaper, Kuwait, Kalila wa Dimna illustrations

Selected Publications and Press
Artists selected for John Moore painting prize shortlist unveiled, Mark Brown, The Guardian, June 20, 2016
John Moores Painting Prize 2016, Sandra Gibson, Nerve Magazine, August 27, 2016
Perpetual human quest for destruction repair. Jyoti Kalsi, Gulf News, July 13, 2015
Harper’s Bazar Art, Arabia, Issue 19, pg132, summer 2015
Talar Aghbashian’s first solo exhibition at Carbon 12 opens in Dubai, artdaily, 6 October 2015
The End of the Season Shows at Alserkal Avenue Are Well Worth a Visit. Anna Seaman, The Art Blog, May 26, 2015
A Letter.., Toros Toranian, Zartonk, April 19, 2013
Laure Ghorayeb, Al Nahar Daily Newspaper, April 19, 2013
Beirut Art Fair, ME.NA.SA.ART. pg 80-81. July 2012
Blind Finds, Yasmeen Kharrat and Lea Sednaoui, The Running Horse News, April 19, 2013
Green Rhino Hunts, A publication by The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space, A Gush of Water Cleared the Land December 2011- March 2012, Issue No.4,
Rebirth: Lebanon XXist Century Contemporary Art. Beirut Exhibition Center Web Review Maha Majzoub ArtAsiaPAcific 2012
L’agenda Culturel, Songs of Ordinary Madness: Tour D’expo, 24 May 2012
Green Rhino Hunts, A publication by The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space, Coup de Ceur
September-December, 2011, Issue no.3,
Rebirth, Lebanon XXIst Century Contemporary Art, Janine Maamari and Marie Tomb, Beirut Exhibition Center, pg28-29. 2011
L’agenda Culturel, Issue 407, 30 November, 13 December 2011.
L’Agenda Culturel, cover, Issue 337, 24 December, 6 January, 2009
The Cosmic Invaders Make Some Spiritual Promises, The Knowledge, The Times -UK, 18 October, 2008
Musee Sursock XXVIIe Salon D’Automne, catalogue, 2006- 2007
16 Postcards By Talar Aghbashian, Incognito, 2006
L’Agenda Culturel, cover, Issue 259, 27 July, 6 Sept, 2005,
Kaspar Derderian, Zartonk, April 2, 2005
Hampig Mardirosyan, Khosnag monthly, March, April, 2005
Tapni, Dzaghig Armenian literary weekly, 17 March, 2005
Ode to Childhood, Aztag daily, March 25, 2005
Talar’s World, Hampig Mardirosyan, Zartonk daily, March 25, 2005
L’Orient Le Jour , March 7,2005/ March 8, 2005/March 16,2005
Review Paintings at CCF, Bayrak daily, March 13,2005
Review, Liwa’ daily, March 12,2005
Aghbashian exhibiting at CCF, Nahar daily March 12,2005
Musee Sursock XXVe Salon D’Automne, catalogue, 2004- 2005
Musee Sursock XXIVe Salon D’Automne, catalogue, 2003