CM: Vassilis Theos had briefly engaged with hagiography before mastering portraiture. His intention was to use the face as a form, which includes a labyrinthine situation as a game-exercise. Theos' Portrait of C.D. is a capricious picture of the painter's friend, Chryssoula Damilakou, which Theos painted from memory while outlining specific aspects of her personality. Shapes and shadows are clearly described, as if her form was cast in concrete. She appears at once sensitive and alarmed. Her right hand is raised to guard her bust in C.D.'s characteristic gesture of expressing surprise.
Theos executed Portrait of C.D. in black on a white-yellowish background in a way that creates patterns of undulation. The background's dégradée quality and scattered traces of pencil bring the work to life. The leitmotif of the composition, as it develops, catches the eye and does not allow it to rest. Not wanting to surround the composition with any foreign elements, the design sprawls freely and continues on to the sides of the canvas towards the wall, as if the front surface does not suffice. The work is signed "V. The Os", a pun on the name of the artist.
[Megakles Rogakos 06/2007]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens