ABAKELIA, TAMAR (1905-1953). Georgian artist, sculptor and painter. Born in Khoni (western Georgia), Abakelia studied art at Tbilisi Arts Academy, which she graduated in 1929 after tutoring under famous artsists I. Nikoladze, N. Kandelaki, I. Charlemagne and others. Over the two decades, Abakelia established herself as one of the leading artists of her generation, becoming the Honored Artists of Georgian SSR in 1942. She produced numerous sculptures, bas-reliefs and paintings. She was among the first to adopt monumental art style, creating works like a series of bas-reliefs Batumis demonstratsia, Oktomberi sakartveloshi, Soflis meurneoba sakartveloshi and Bednieri tskhovreba (1936-1937). She was one of the first painters to illustrate Shota Rustaveli’s Vepkhistkaosani (The Kinght in Tiger’s Skin) epic and Vazha Pashavela’s poems. Besides her paintings (i.e. Imereli bichi (1928), Bednieri ojakhi (1936)), Abakelia was actively involved in theater decoration and film production, producing such plays as S. Kldiashvili’s Irmis khevi, K. Kaladze’s Lali (both 1945), and films Giorgi Saakadze (1941-1942) and David Guramishvili (1945). She died on 14 May 1953 in Tbilisi and was buried in the Didube Pantheon of Public Figures.