Commemorates Young Artist
his untimely death at age 19, Elchin Akbarov created more than
200 ceramic figurines of folklore characters.
Kind, amusing and touching, these little miniatures, none more
than 6 cm high, take on a life of their own as a mirror of the
soul of young Elchin, an artist with a gift beyond his years.
Elchin had very little training in art, but undoubtedly was influenced
by his grandfather Fuad Abdurrahmanov, who was also a sculptor.
According to Elchin's father, his son died under mysterious circumstances
while he was a student at the Conservatory of Music.
As a fitting reminder and extension of Elchin's artistry, greeting
cards have been made depicting nine scenes of his miniatures.
The cards are printed on heavy card stock with a glossy, framed
image on the front. The cards may be used for any occasion as
there is no text inside. A short description of the young artist
is included on the back of each card.
Photo: Elchin Akbarov.
Unocal Khazar got involved when approached by Masrur Gasimov
of Lion Graphics.
Unocal Khazar, a subsidiary of Unocal Corporation, is one of
the AIOC partner companies in Azerbaijan.
Unocal decided to fund the printing of the cards and then donate
them to Rotaract, a club for young people under the sponsorship
of Rotary International and the Baku Rotary Club.
Rotary is a worldwide community service organization, and the
Baku Premier Rotary and Rotaract clubs are the first such in
The Baku Premier Rotary Club was established in May 1999 and
has more than 50 members from the business community. Under the
sponsorship of these business leaders, more than 30 young people
have organized the Rotaract as an extension of the community
service concept of Rotary in Baku.
Rotaract Club members are selling the cards to raise funds for
projects, such as repairs to local orphanages and donations of
clothes and goods. Cards can be purchased through the Rotaract
Club in Baku for $1 each. For details, contact Unocal at (99-412)
93-86-24 or 93-85-01.
(7.4) Winter 1999.
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