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Pavlos Habidis

Solo exhibition

“Corfu!”

Watercolors

Art Direction: Chris Boïcos  

John Gough Hall (Old School Loggos) 

Loggos, Paxos

Opening: Saturday 3 August 2019

 

7:30-11:00 pm

 

 

Duration: 3 - 30 August 2019

Opening Hours: Daily 8 - 11 pm

Chris Boïcos Fine Arts

14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris, France

Gaios, Paxos 49082, Greece


http://boicosfinearts.com

Since he publication in 2004 of the Louis Vuitton ”Carnet d’Athènes” watercolor book, Pavlos Habidis (born 1957) has become increasingly well-known for the beauty and wit of his watercolors, depicting the cities and islands of modern Greece.

He has since published four more books of watercolors, three of which depict towns and an island of the Ionian sea: Perpatontas stin Preveza (2011), Parga (2014) and A Journey to Paxos (2014). His latest watercolor series published as a book - Spring in the Valley - was commissioned by the Archeological Authority of the Temple Valley of Agrigento and depict the famous Greek temples of Sicily. They were exhibited at the Studio Museo Francesco Messina in Milan (2017) and at the Italian Cultural Center in Athens (2018-2019).

The watercolors of the current exhibition were executed the summer and autumn of 2018 and were inspired by his stay in the old town of Corfu. These works are also part of the forthcoming book of watercolors which will be published by Chris Boïcos Fine Arts in the spring of 2020.

These new watercolors are the homage that the artist Pavlos Habidis pays not only to the beauty of the old town of Corfu, but also to the long tradition of watercolorists of the island, one of the most depicted in Greece – from Edward Lear to John Singer Sargent and the Corfiot watercolorists, Angelos Giallinas, Stefanos Sgouros or Spyros Sourtzinos.

Their mix of careful observation of buildings and people, their often humorous vision of both and their loose, unpretentious style, composed of light ink markings and transparent color washes, make them some of the best modern renderings of the summer atmosphere and mood of a Greek island.

Chris Boïcos

Chris Boïcos Fine Arts

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Under the auspices

of the Archaeological and Landscape Park

of the Valley of the Temples,

Agrigento, Sicily

Solo exhibition

“Spring in the Valley”

Watercolors

Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Atene

Opening: Friday 14 December 2018 / 7.00 P.M.

 

Duration: 14 December - 9 February 2019

Art Direction: Giuseppe Parello - Maria Concetta Parello 

 

 

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri: 11:00–17:00

Sat: 11:00–13:30

Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Atene 

47 Patission Street, 104 33 Athens, Greece

Tel.: +30 210 5242646/5242674
https://iicatene.esteri.it/iic_atene/it/

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Solo exhibition

“GOATS”

Paintings

Gallery Genesis

Opening: Thursday 29 March 2018 / 8.00 P.M.

 

Duration: 29 March - 21 April 2018

 

Art Direction: Yiorgos Tzaneris 

 

 

Opening Hours:

Tue-Thur–Fri: 11:30–21:30

Wed–Sat: 11:30–15:30

Gallery Genesis 

35 HARITOS Street, Kolonaki 106 75 Athens, Greece

Tel.: +30 211 7100566
www.gallerygenesisathens.com

GOATS

 

You know a painting is good when it is not only seen, but heard. These goats by Pavlos Habidis are making noises! They're chewing and bleating. I can hear their bells ringing! Something has happened over the past year to the goats we find on these new canvases - they have become increasingly real, even more amusing and likable; their personalities are stronger than ever.

 

Prehistoric cave paintings of France and Southern India feature goats, and prove that these animals have fascinated  artists for millennia. Habidis has been painting goats for decades, but  some of his goats (especially in the smaller works) have crossed over a line recently – they have transformed from hirsine symbols to specific creatures. Goat aficionados can guess not only their Genus and species, but breed. The dichotomy between animal and human form (here we never find a specific person or portrait) is stronger than ever, so it comes as a surprise that they can relate to each other so harmoniously on the same canvas.

Goats, as some of the first domesticated animals on earth, coexist peacefully with humans and are a fundamental part of our collective conscious. We've been together for nearly 10,000 years. One of the most poignant and memorable ancient Greek sculptures, the high Archaic, 6th century Moschophoros, has obviously inspired Habidis, and so his tender and intimate oil painting of a youth carrying a goat on his shoulders manages to be both familiar - especially to Greeks – but also original.

There is something magical, almost unsettling about the horizontal pupils in the eyes of goats, and because their irises are pale, we see them better than we do in cattle or deer. Some of these works capture that "otherness" of their eyes perfectly. That's why I love all of these paintings, from the goat being carried over a shoulder to the small painting of the goat bleating, with its head and upper lip lifted. So perfectly caprine, so perfectly Habidis!

 

Clark Lawrence

Art Historian

Curator of Reading Retreat in Rural Italy

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