From humorous to ironic, and from heartwarming to inspiring, these illustrations by Lebanese artists give us visual interpretations of some aspects of the Lebanese culture and also of situations or events as perceived by the artists.
Then again, like with any and all arts, the viewers have also their own interpretations of what the piece of art in front of their eyes means to them or how it makes them feel, or how they relate to it.
That’s after all the beauty of art, not just in the embellishment it brings to a space but also (or maybe mainly) in the connection the viewers feel to it, and the invisible yet existing bond that weaves its invisible way between them and the artist through the piece of art.
And these illustrations did exactly that, with Lebanon at its center.
Illustrator Maya Fidawi got inspired by an abandoned house in Mar Mikhael, Beirut, adding details to bring it to life. “In the hope that our dear country stands up again and gets its life back,” she captioned it on Instagram.
And gets its 24/7 electricity back. Cross fingers.
An emotional illustration that so many Lebanese can relate to, for the story of heartbreaking emigration is that of countless of families, and how sweet it is when the child returns… whatever the years of separation.
The traditional cup of coffee: The faithfully present at all Lebanese gatherings, the witness of all joys and sorrows, the friendship-maker, the keeper of exchange secrets, the binders of the neighbors, the inciter of gossips… and you name it!
Inspired by the Lebanese culture, Lebanese illustrator Tony Maalouf conveys everyday normality in Lebanon. Lebanese might be busy with their chores but they still tell you “mayyel”, inviting you to come in.
Hospitality takes priority and you’re always welcome in every Lebanese home like it’s yours!
Through their series of art, these illustrations reflect Lebanese life and its cultural features. There is always more to explore and discover in the Lebanese culture.