CM: Since a long time John Georgariou uses painter Panagiotis Linardakis as his muse. He feels great affection for the character of Linardakis, as he also finds his face to be highly expressive and photogenic. The present work, which is inscribed "Potis" - a nickname for 'Panagiotis' widespread in Laconia - materialized in Ambelo of Mani, a beautiful beach of Mani, where Linardakis had camped in the summer of 2006. He drew the original work on the spot using pencil on manilla paper, onto which he subsequently added oil pastels. However, as the original portrait was small in size, Georgariou enlarged it digitally and printed it with great care using special inks on paper of excellent quality. Aside of its dimension, the enlargement multiplied the gesture of the lines and brought out the relationship between colors. It is evidence of the power of the design that the enlarged work stands perfectly. The transference from painting to print became part of the work's making. As a matter of fact, Georgariou believes such transference to be significant because by so doing on the one hand it elevates the print that is a misunderstood medium, and on the other it invigorates the oil-pastel that is likewise an underestimated material.
By Georgariou's admission, this particular portrait is one of the most successful of the sitter. Of course Georgariou was concerned not with a photographic reproduction, but with the sitter's psychological make up. Speaking with great honesty about his person, Linardakis confessed this portrait to be successful in representing himself as "surrounded by panics", a condition of manic depression of a human that is discontent with himself for the distance that keeps him fast apart from the dream. Might that remind any of us mortals of something?
[Megakles Rogakos 07/2007]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens