Portraits and Landscapes

By Artists Yannis Patsavos and Monahos Nikodimos
Portraits and Landscapes
Opening: Saturday July 3, 2015 @17:00 - 20:00
Duration: July 3 - November 12, 2015
Hours : Sept. 20 - Nov. 7, 2015: Saturdays by appointment only (14:00 - 17:00)
Closed August 1 - September 12, 2015

A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant.  The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person.

And as for landscape, there are two main meanings for this word: it can refer to the visible features of an area of land, or to an example of the genre of painting that depicts such an area of land.   Landscape, in both senses, includes the physical elements of landforms such as (ice-capped) mountains, hills, water bodies such as rivers, lakes, ponds and the sea, living elements of land cover including indigenous vegetation, human elements including different forms of land use, buildings and structures, and transitory elements such as lighting and weather conditions.

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A visit to his studio reveals a genuine passion and devotion to an art form that captivated him throughout his life.  Diligently arranged book shelves which include, encyclopedias, art books, art journals, novels, history books, personal notebooks, writings, bookkeeping, artwork descriptions and documentation, magazines, newspaper articles painstakingly clipped and organized, seashells, random pieces of wood, stones from trips to different islands and landscapes in Greece; as a way to preserve glimpses of the places that would latter find their way into his paintings.  Anything you can imagine an artist owned and needed in pre-Worldwide Web times lives inside his studio.  What a true pleasure it was, to freely roam around his space and embrace his world, if only for a couple of hours during the selection process of the pieces that will be part of the show.

In his landscapes, Yannis Patsavos meticulously grants the viewer with scenes of the land that he loved to travel and lived in.  For this show, we have selected a series of watercolors that are composed inside a specific shape and beautifully executed.  Allow the work to speak for itself. The chosen series represents a small fraction of all the work currently housed in his studio.

Yannis Patsavos was born in Athens, in 1933, to parents of Arcadian descent.  He studied Administration and Political Sciences, obtaining a degree from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences.  He began painting from an early age and, being self-taught, he freely studied and followed the advice and example of the painter Spiros Vasileiou and the engraver A. Tassos (Anastasios Alevizos).  He travelled widely abroad (Naples, Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Munich, Vienna, Paris, Madrid, and Toledo) where he studied the art and technique of the great masters.

The main themes that run throughout his work are landscapes and still mainly through the use of oils, watercolors and ink.   His work was exhibited in 14 solo and 29 group shows, with works being included in public and private collections in Greece and abroad.

This particular series of works, with the landscape themes framed in circles, of 36 centimetres in diameter, was created during 1995-1996 and is being exhibited for the first time.  Some of the works are part of his greater series, entitled "Arcadian Physiographies: In the Steps of Pausanias," in which he charts the trails of the great Greek traveller and geographer of the 2nd century AD.  Being a life’s work for the artist, this series includes a great number of artworks in different shapes, dimensions and techniques, and remains unfinished...


A visit to Nikodimos' studio by contrast to Patsavos’ strikes you, not so much for the well arranged printed matter, but for its resemblance to an 18th century salon that includes the work of a vigorous artist willing to test and extend his materials using a color palette that exposes no reservations to its use of subject matter, or paint application.  He lives surrounded by hundreds of paintings he has created throughout his life.  Inside his living room is a piano, which he plays masterfully and he also happens to be a writer.  When you encounter Nikodimos’ work you almost want to touch it to verify if the depth of each brush stroke has already dried or is in the process of doing so.

Unlike his work, his studio shares a striking resemblance to that of Francis Bacon’s.  His work holds glimpses of Van Gogh, Fauvism, Impressionism, Naive art and while they all merge to provide some understanding to the visual reading of his work, at the end, the final creation and result is truly his own.

We have selected a series of portraits that belong to different moments of his creative life.  Some of the pieces were painted in Athens, while others in Mount Athos, where he lived for more than 20 years.

When I paint I go back in time...

At the age of ten, I got my first paint colors, they were very cheap watercolors made for children to play around with.   But children are not interested on the monetary value of things, they enjoy bringing forth something very big out of something small and apparently unimportant.

As a young timid child, I dreamt of creating sunrays out of these colors, and to put these rays on a piece of paper, sunbeams that would be my own real possession. I am now 64 and I still follow the same dream.

I learnt how to paint because I wanted to catch this ray of light and at the age of 20, I followed the sun to Mount Athos.  I stayed there for over 20 years, and during that period of my life, I enjoyed painting the landscapes of Athos.

These landscapes are precious for me, because they sway as though they are swallowing the light and at the same time they appear to bulge because they seem to have eaten all the passing sunrays.

I feel like the same child hunting similar visions and fantasies.  And I continue to chase the same sunrays of my youth.

Monahos Nikodimos
June 6, 2015

Greek Language

Πορτραίτα και Τοπία

Από τους καλλιτέχνες Γιάννη Πατσαβό και τον Μοναχό Νικόδημο
Εγκαίνια: Σάββατο 3 Ιουλίου, 2015 @17:00 - 20:00
Διάρκεια: 3 Ιουλίου - 12 Νοεμβρίου, 2015
Ώρες : 20 Σεπτ. - 7 Νοε., 2015 : Σάββατο μόνον με ραντεβού (14:00 - 17:00)
Κλειστά 1 Αυγούστου - 12 Σεπτεμβρίου, 2015


Ο Γιάννης Πατσαβός γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1933 από γονείς Αρκάδες.  Σπούδασε Διοίκηση και Πολιτικές Επιστήμες.  Είναι πτυχιούχος της Παντείου Ανωτάτης Σχολής Πολιτικών Επιστημών.

Στη ζωγραφική επιδίδεται από τα παιδικά του χρόνια.  Αυτοδίδακτος κατά κύριο λόγο, έχει κάνει ελεύθερες σπουδές, με την καθοδήγηση και την παροχή συμβουλών από τον ζωγράφο Σπύρο Βασιλείου και τον χαράκτη Α. Τάσσο (Αναστάσιο Αλεβίζο).  Έχει ταξιδέψει στο εξωτερικό (Νάπολη, Ρώμη, Φλωρεντία, Βενετία, Μιλάνο, Μόναχο, Βιέννη, Παρίσι, Μαδρίτη, Τολέδο, Κάτω Χώρες κ.λπ.), όπου μελέτησε την τέχνη των μεγάλων δασκάλων.

Θέματα που τον απασχολούν στο έργο του είναι η σύνθεση, η νεκρή φύση και, κυρίως, το τοπίο, τα οποία αποδίδει με την ελαιογραφία, την υδατογραφία ή το πενάκι.

Έχει πραγματοποιήσει 14 ατομικές εκθέσεις και έχει πάρει μέρος σε 29 ομαδικές.  Έργα του βρίσκονται σε δημόσιες και ιδιωτικές σχολές στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό.

Η συγκεκριμένη σειρά έργων, κυκλικού σχήματος και διαμέτρου 36 εκατοστών, δημιουργήθηκαν κατά την περίοδο 1995-1996 και εκτίθενται για πρώτη φορά.  Κάποια από αυτά ανήκουν στον ευρύτερο κύκλο με τίτλο «Αρκαδικά Φυσιογραφήματα: Στα Χνάρια του Παυσανία», ο οποίος χαρτογραφεί τις διαδρομές του μεγάλου Έλληνα περιηγητή και γεωγράφου του 2ου αιώνα μ.Χ.  Έργο ζωής του καλλιτέχνη, ο κύκλος αυτός περιλαμβάνει έναν μεγάλο αριθμό έργων διαφορετικών τεχνικών και διαστάσεων και παραμένει ανολοκλήρωτος...


Καθώς ζωγραφίζω πηγαίνω πίσω στον χρόνο...

Όταν ήμουν ένα μικρό δειλό αγόρι στην ηλικία των δέκα ετών, απέκτησα τα πρώτα μου χρώματα.  Ήταν πολύ φτηνές νερομπογιές, απ΄αυτές που παίζουν τα παιδιά.

Όμως, οι μικροί στην ηλικία δεν ενδιαφέρονται για την χρηματική αξία των πραγμάτων, αλλά φαντάζονται ότι μπορούν να δημιουργήσουν κάτι σπουδαίο, από κάτι μικρό και ασήμαντο.  Τότε, -σαν μικρό παιδί-, ονειρεύτηκα να δημιουργήσω μια ηλιαχτίδα απ΄αυτά τα χρώματα, και να την τοποθετήσω σ΄ένα κομμάτι χαρτί που θα ανήκε αποκλειστικά σε μένα.

Τώρα είμαι εξήντα τεσσάρων χρονών, και ακόμα συνεχίζω να ακολουθώ το ίδιο όνειρο.  Έμαθα να ζωγραφίζω επειδή ήθελα να αρπάξω αυτήν την αχτίδα φωτός, γι΄αυτό, όταν έγινα είκοσι ετών ακολούθησα τον ήλιο και έφτασα στο `Αγιο `Ορος.  Έμεινα εκεί για άλλα είκοσι χρόνια, και κατά την διάρκεια αυτής της μακράς περιόδου τής ζωής μου, μου άρεσε πολύ να ζωγραφίζω τα τοπία του `Αθω.  Αυτά τα τοπία είναι πολύτιμα για μένα, γιατί κινούνται καθώς καταπίνουν το φως, και συγχρόνως μεγαλώνουν από το φως που έχουν απορροφήσει.

Ακόμα και τώρα, οι ώρες μου, ο χρόνος μου, η ζωή μου, είναι γεμάτα απ΄το εξαίσιο μεγαλείο των χρωμάτων, γιατί εξακολουθώ να είμαι εκείνο το μικρό παιδί που κυνηγάει τα ίδια οράματα, τις ίδιες ονειροφαντασίες, τις ίδιες αυταπάτες, τις ίδιες ηλιαχτίδες...

Μοναχός Νικόδημος
10 Ιουνίου 2015

Photos are from the opening night...