ANDREAS GOLFINOPOULOS Portraits of the Sky #1 2007 - x +

CN: GolA2007port

MT: acrylic on canvas (80x60 / F:87x67x4)

TX: inscribed with brush at lower right in Greek <For the American College of Greece A.Golfinopoulos 8-07>, with felt pen at rear upper right <AG. 667>

IL: Megakles Rogakos 2008, p.44 / Megakles Rogakos 2008, #088

DN: Mr. Andreas Golfinopoulos - 2007

LC: ACG - Deree College, Office of International Admissions & Study Abroad

CM: Andreas Golfinopoulos' Portraits of the Sky #1 is the first painting of a series that combines iconographical elements that are familiar in his art - such as the cloud woman - and new ones - such as the bird. The prevalence of the bird on the picture's foreground accentuates the significance of its role as an element of liberty in space. The horizon separates the sky from the sea and balances the presence of the cloud woman and the bird. The sun's disc enters into a dialog with the round hole formed by the woman's ponytail. Just above sea level the bird inscribes on the water the course of its flight - a wavy line that converses harmoniously with the absolutely straight horizon. The entire composition comprises of patterns, which recede and project on the canvas' surface giving the impression that they have the ability to conquer the space beyond the frame. All of the painting's elements - the cloud, the bird, the sun, and the reflections on the sea - are mobile and curvilinear like pebbles sculpted by waves. The colors are inspired from romantic moments of the day, either its start at sunrise or its close at sunset. The oblique brushstrokes contained within the patterns reference the 'psimithia' of Byzantine art, which endow forms with highlights or shades. It is worth noting that Golfinopoulos' technique involves not the brush, but templates and spray. The Portraits of the Sky #1 do not describe a condition but rather suggest an impression, just like turning on the light in a dark room. The picture's focal point may be the liberty in the bird's flight, which is man's heart of the matter - to live in freedom.

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2007]

ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Andreas Golfinopoulos: The Artist's Lykoporia 2008 Municipal Gallery, Corinth
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens