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Kahlil Gibran

(American, 1922-2008)

The avant-garde sculptor-painter Kahlil Gibran is the nephew and namesake of the famous Lebanese poet-painter Gibran Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931). The younger Gibran was born in Boston in 1922 and studied at the Museum School (Boston, 1940-1943) and took painting instruction with Karl Zerbe.

During the 1940s, Gibran painted uniquely individualist oils in a modernist manner and subjects that pondered life and death include human heads peering through misty veils of environment, children in caskets, young muses and girls doing every day things in an unconventional or eccentric manner.

Preferring to hand hammer sculpture in steel, Gibran is a profoundly dynamic, sensitive innovator in bronze (lost wax technique), metal, marble and aluminum. His 1982 exhibition Muses, Medallions and Monuments is a celebration of the human spirit and Gibran's sculptures of skulls at the Copley Society (April 2001) is a provocative celebration of death.

Gibran is an inventor, painter, sculptor, philosopher, writer and poet. He has been given many one-man exhibitions at the Copley Society, Cambridge Art Association, Pierce Galleries, Inc. of Hingham, MA, Fuller Memorial Art Gallery, Brockton and more.

Member: Copley Society; National Sculpture Society; New England Sculpture Society; Cambridge AA (vice-president, 1968) and the Provincetown AA.

Awards: Wiedner Medal, PAFA (1958); John S.Guggenheim fellowship (1959-60, 1960-61); National Institute of Arts & Letters, award and fellowship (1961); Popular Prize, Boston Arts Festival (1964); gold medal for Pieta (sculpture) International in Triste, Italy (1966) and more.

Collections: Museum of Fine Art, Boston; DeCordova Museum (MA); Chrysler Museum Collection; Virginia Museum, Norfolk; PAFA; Cheekwood Art Center, Nashville, TN; Cedars of Lebanon Church, Jamaica Plain, MA; Elmira College, NY and more.

Author: "Sculpture in Process," National Sculpture Review (1970); Sculpture Kahlil Gibran (Little Brown & Company, 1972).

Bibliography: Gregory MacDonald, "Kahlil Gibran a Boston Sculptor," Boston Globe Magazine (1967); Nathan Hale, Welded Sculpture (Watson-Guptill, 1968); Donald Irving, Sculpture Material and Process (VanNostrand Reinhold, 1970); Patricia Jobe Pierce, "Sculptor Kahlil Gibran is Back…," The Inquirer & Mirror, Nantucket, MA, August 8, 1991, 8B.

Gibran was vital, inspiring and creative at the age of 86, and was not concerned with the commercialism of art. He continued to sculpt and draw uniquely individualistic pieces until his death in boston on April 13, 2008.