"Twilight" 2003 - 2005

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oil on canvas
size: 100x80 cm
year : 2003

oil on canvas
size: 100x150 cm
year : 2004

oil on canvas
size: 140x100 cm
year : 2004

REVIEW

      Sarantis Gagas is inspired by the postwar artistic generation of abstract expressionism. His travels all around Greece and abroad are a source of inspiration for him in a dual way. Firstly, he is taught by the great artists like Antoni Tapies and Jean Dubuffet and their work and secondly he is urged by nature and light which is the basic element in most of his paintings.
In this particular series of paintings he works mostly on canvas, spreading the colours violently and in such a way that a relief matier is created on it. He spreads oil on painting surface with his brushes or he uses spatula and his hands as a prolongation of his inner world on his work. ”Material painting, as the use of thick coats of painting can be named, is a common characteristic of his art.
The correlation of shape and colour comes up to the artist’s psychological condition when he observes landscapes under the twilight, just before it gets dark. Black, blue and whitish are often used in his paintings, distinguishing a tendency for quest. Shape is formed by these colours and not by sketch. His painting is basically abstract. The study of light which is sprung from colour is of great importance and in that way his work obtains an expressionistic mood.
Through his painting a free and spontaneous kind of abstraction is distinguished, in which chromatic harmonies dominate. So, landscapes and other motives form a framework for intense chromatic compositions of great beauty. On the other hand, the correlation of shape and colour creates, in some cases, gloomy surfaces.  

  Christos Arvanitidis
  Historical    

oil on canvas
size: 100x150 cm
year : 2004

 

oil on canvas

size: 100x50 cm
year : 2004

 

 

oil on canvas

size: 200x120 cm
year : 2004

 

 

oil on canvas

size: 120x80 cm
year : 2004

 

 

oil on canvas

size: 120x90 cm
year : 2004

 

oil on canvas

size: 120x80 cm
year : 2004

 

oil on canvas

size: 100x80 cm
year : 2004

oil on canvas

size: 100x50 cm
year : 2005

 

oil on canvas

size: 120x200 cm
year : 2005