CM: Petros Soropanis' Angel originates in a series of woks that explore the nature of Angels. The artist borrowed the term 'angel' as much from Greek antiquity in which they were bearers of messages, as from Christian religion which gave them the form of ancient eros emasculated. The Angels of Soropanis go beyond the condition of the classical myth and the orthodox parable, and metamorphose - in turn - to new idols in keeping with our time. By deforming and distorting their appearance Soropanis endows his Angels with a familiar appearance that is not distant to the viewer. They become creatures crossing the features of animals and humans and equiped with the instinct of sexuality and danger. The artist allows the viewer to see and to think of the work whatever he feels like. Herewith the hybrid Angel seems to be playing with a couple of butterflies, which he may well unwillingly kill considering his disproportionately large paw. The dominant pink and yellow colors of the palette echo an ambiguous premonition for the course of the game; something between sweetness and acidity.
This painting was presented to the donor Costas Evangelatos by art-critic Stelios Lydakis, and was subsequently donated to the ACG Art Collection.