Angelos: Let There Be Light

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Immersive retrospective exhibition of renowned Greek artist Angelos

Opens Saturday 28 April 2018

“When we say that we are contemporary, we do not necessarily claim to be real. But when we are real, we will always be contemporary.” -Angelos

Following the record-breaking sale of his work Girl with a pair of doves at Bonhams in London last year, an immersive exhibition featuring Greek artist Angelos opens in London in April 2018.

Curators and architects Constantine Lemos and Maridia Kafetzopoulou present a retrospective of the artist’s career, at The Hellenic Centre in London. Exploring the last twenty years of Angelos’ practice, Let There Be Light brings together a selection of illuminated subjects, cast against a vast galactic backdrop. This is Angelos’ first solo show in London in over two decades, his first since his painting Girl with a pair of doves sold at Bonhams for over £106,000 (as against the estimate of £12,000) in London in April 2017.

Angelos Panagiotou was born in Farkadona near Trikala in Central Greece in 1943. Having studied Painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1962-67) under professor G. Mavroidis, he continued his education on numerous trips to European museum, where he studied both the Great Masters of the past and the latest trends in Western Art. Setting his superrealistic and specific depictions of favoured themes – still lifes, landscapes, nesting doves –within backdrops of the starry cosmos, Angelos expresses his vision of the relationship of all things. The poignancy of his choice of subjects is contrasted with the great unknown that lies beyond, Angelos encapsulating his philosophical musings in highly visual, skilfully rendered and accessible forms.

Using art to challenge our modern culture and society, Angelos isolates images of the everyday in space, creating an arena void of context and distraction, something rife in our technology driven society, full of things that demand and detract our attention. Angelos believes that the responsibility of art is to heal society from a brutal reality. At the core of the artist’s ideology is a desire to return to the values misplaced in our contemporary world, a world without stillness and time to think. Using imagery of an infinite cosmos, hyperrealist and decadent still-lifes sit atop rich fabrics, hovering against a milieu of sparkling stars, influenced in part by readings in philosophy as an expression of the artist’s vision of the relationship between all things.

The Beginning and the Continuity, strongly expresses this profound message; a simple marble board is laid out, on top of which sit a glass of water and an olive branch. These simple expressions of the essentials of life – water and sustenance – are isolated against a starry sky, highlighting the importance of such humble subjects that form the basis of all being.

In another work, Destruction and Regeneration, a colossal globe sits above stone ruins, symbolic of the cyclical nature of our universe and the cycles of change our planet goes through.

Similarly, through Doves of Peace, part of his Doves series, the artist brings together symbols traditionally associated with love and peace and casts them into space, contemporary icons meant as a message for us to regain the balance of peace in a violent age.

Lemos and Kafetzopoulou present the artist’s work with a fresh concept, the paintings set against a black backdrop that accentuates the light emanating from the work. Sitting centrally in this dark, spotlit room, a column of mirrors will reflect the work back to the viewer, creating a kaleidoscopic eternity with each work in a perpetual state of reflection.

Angelos says: “I believe that the duty of art is to reenergise our lost values, so that we can once again reclaim our dignity and the morals that we have lost. Through my work I want to show my admiration for the amazing world that exists in front of us, as well as for the miracle of nature and our personal existence. The world we live in is not only beautiful, but also a spiritual structure. It is this climax I wanted to combine and explore in my work: the image of nature in all its spiritual beauty and the ability of man to perceive things.”

Let There Be Light will be in the Great Hall of The Hellenic Centre, the exhibition will run from Saturday 28th April to Tuesday 8th May 2018. The Exhibition is supported by Lancaster Private Equity http://www.lancasterpe.com/ and All About Shipping Limited www.allaboutshipping.co.uk .-

Private View: Friday 27 April, 18.00 – 21.00
Please RSVP to rsvp@damsonpr.com

Angelos: Let There Be Light
Saturday 28th April – Tuesday 8th May 2018
The Great Hall, The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street
London W1U 5AS

Press please contact Damson Communications: Ralph Barker on 0207 812 0645 or ralph.barker@damsonpr.com

The Curators – Constantine Lemos and Maridia Kafetzopoulou

Lemos and Kafetzopoulou are founders of maca.space. Graduating from the prominent Architectural Association School of Architecture in London with honours and distinction, Lemos and Kafetzopoulou have worked with the New Museum in New York and the UNHCR in Lesvos, Anouska Hempel, Falconer Chester Hall, ACME London and Zaha Hadid Architects.

This is their first collaboration as curators. maca will be responsible for the execution of the exhibition design, and acting as the reflection of Angelos’s work, aiming to “turn the space into art rather than placing art into space.” The exhibition will bring together skills learnt in the architectural field and seeks to examine how a space itself can be viewed as an extension of the artwork.

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