LOT 16
Tom Young
Beit El Zaher, Zarif (Spears House), 2016-2018
oil on canvas
130 x 110 cm

Estimate: $6,000 - $10,000
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About This Artwork

A painting of ‘Beit Al Zaher in Zarif, the former British Ambassador’s Residence from 1941-85, where General Spears lived when he played a pivotal role in enforcing Lebanese Independence in November 22nd 1943. The house is now an administration centre for Dar Al Aytam Al Islamiyah. Tom Young worked from a studio in the house from 2016-17 (the room on the corner on the upper (first) floor on the corner with the balcony), and taught orphans cared for by Dar Al Aytam there. He held an exhibition in the house in Spring 2017.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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  • About Tom Young

    Tom Young paints the changing nature of Beirut, the city which has been his home since 2009. Influenced by his architectural training, he depicts the city’s chaotic architecture and public spaces, exploring how they embody emotion and political change. Through painting and installations in iconic places such as La Maison Rose (2014-15), the Grand Hotel Sofar (2018-19), and his current exhibition at Hammam Al Jadeed in Saida Old Souq (2020-21), he explores themes of memory, transformation and coexistence. Whilst expressing the vulnerability of urban heritage in the face of modern development and sudden trauma, he creates a transcendent feeling of light and space.

    LOT 16
    Tom Young
    Beit El Zaher, Zarif (Spears House)

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    LOT 16

    Tom Young

    Beit El Zaher, Zarif (Spears House)


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