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acrylic on paper laid down on canvas
signed and dated
2003 lower middle
141.5 x 106.5 cm
private collection, Athens
Yannis Mihailidis was born on the island of Skiathos in 1940.He is a self-taught artist that studied the byzantine art, naïve art and abstract painting. He lives and works in Athens and Pelion.
His work is in a constant dialogue between contemporary Greek painting and the international post war trends of abstraction. He mainly paints on paper, even if in some cases, at the final stages he pastes the paper on canvas.
His love of paper is evident throughout his life. Whether he is painting on it, creasing or tearing it, Mihailidis has built a personal iconography that is unique.
In the 1980’s he began to work in two phases. Firstly, he covered his surfaces with acrylic colour and paper, then returned to the work to remove and tear off layers to reveal new forms and arrive at the final product. The torn paper records the gesture of the artist and adds to the expressive impact of the work. Additionally, he achieves an impression of wear, which compares to the natural life cycle of things.
The work on offer here comes from the series ‘Land of Thessaly’, with its references to the natural environment of Thessaly, in which these olive leaves are often scattered, floating in transparent painterly water.
In 2015 a major retrospective exhibition of the artist was organized by the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation, with works between 1972 and 2012.
His work can be found in The National Gallery of Greece, the Greek Parliament, The Municipal Gallery of Rhodes, The Macedonian museum of Contemporary Art, The Municipal Gallery of Volos, the Teloglion Foundation of Art, The National Bank of Greece Cultural foundation, The J.F. Costopoulos Foundation, The Piraeus Bank Cultural Foundation and many other public and private collections.