DIMITRIS MILIONIS Arsonist 2007 [R/V] - x +

CN: MilD2007arso

MT: acrylic on canvas (24x18 / F:46x41x3)

TX: signed with brush at lower left in Greek <D.MILIONIS>, inscribed with felt pen at rear center <DIMITRIS / MILIONIS / ACRYLIC / AUGUST / 2007 / 24X18>

CT: Enigma Gallery, Kifissia - 2007

CM: Dimitris Milioni's Arsonist refers to a seemingly innocent young man. In the artist's mind, the case of a criminal meets a stereotypical profile of a youth that whose pride is evident on a robust body. Such a type of man, who identifies with evil, has a face with a corresponding hairstyle. If - according to Milionis' thinking - the hair is considered to be an extension of the brain in man's search for the spiritual senses around him, their cropping would seem to beg the stimulation of those inner powers that harden man. The Doric dimension of this Arsonist's case is betrayed even in the sharp corners of his face's form and shape.

Milionis is well aware of the renaissance rule of painting, in which cold colors are set on a warm background to approach nature as faithfully as possible. But this cold colors evokes the sense of hypocrisy, and suggests that the sitter is not what he seems to be. Herewith, such blue highlights something unreal and an abnormal inner condition. The blue background is calm, to such extent that excites the viewers' suspicion. The clothing instead is rendered with the red nuances of fire. In this case the strong juxtaposition of the two colors indicates an extreme situation.

Through his Arsonist Milionis manages to illustrate the psychology of a destructive man. In most case criminals appear to be calm. Thus, the present Arsonist believes in what he does without ever regretting. He appears to be a mild man and his eyes seem to be calm and honest. His gaze looks pure. It is reminiscent of what so often is said in criminal investigations: "He was a quiet child, and never before did he hurt anybody". But such calmness conceals the opposite. There is a saying in Greek tradition: "even the saint needs to be intimidated". In fact the Arsonist is a man like everybody else, but he has unseemingly chosen to impinge on his bright side to become dark. Perhaps his crime is not as much the act of arson as is his inability to recognize that what he is doing is antisocial and cruel.

[Megakles Rogakos 09/2007]