SAVAS GEORGIADIS Georgia O'Keefe 2003 - x +

CN: GeoS2003okee

MT: oil on canvas (240x70)

IL: Megakles Rogakos 2008, #081

PC: Athens Art Gallery, Athens - 2005

LC: ACG - Studio Theater Lobby

CM: Savas Georgiadis has always taken an interest in the human condition, which makes his painting anthropocentric. Leafing through the book Women of Our Time his attention was caught be Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), the legendary American painter, photographed in a very narrow corridor. He was impressed with how absolute she appeared, so much so that her presence was influencing the background. When Georgiadis chose to paint Georgia O'Keeffe he used an oblong vertical canvas to fit only her own entity. In addition Georgiadis also chose to accentuate O'Keeffe's height, larger than life, to emphasize her artistic dimension. What is more, the oblong canvas is made of two parts, with a horizontal partition to break the painting's strong verticality - a diptych solution that comes to the aid of the composition. All this happens discreetly, as an aesthetic solution that complements the subject's strength. He intended the dribbling of color in order to break the human figure and incorporate it onto the canvas. Georgiadis uses shapes and colors as words and phrases for what cannot be explained by words. In painting, he struggles to quell his enthusiasm, to be able to express the feeling that is experienced but not described. Art may influence us when we let the works speak in their way. Perhaps, in the case of O'Keeffe, there is a particular kind of speech, akin to a 'silent scream'. It is worth noticing O'Keeffe's eyes, which exert an overpowering feeling. Gerogiadis explains that Edgar Degas (1834-1971) changed forever the way he approaches the anatomy of eyes. Degas' art demonstrates how these two small points of the face may uniquely express the figure's physiognomy, character and inner world. O'Keeffe's eyes betray an unusual and very observant person. As Georgiadis claims, O'Keeffe used her eyes not to paint, but to feel. Ultimately, Georgiadis intends his portraits to bring out for the viewers, whatever each is interested in. In the knowledge of how everyday life makes us antisocial and indifferent to the human condition, his art gives viewers an opportunity to look at the humanity anew.

[Megakles Rogakos 10/2005]

ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens