The academic painter George Kotsonis studied fine art at St. Martin’s School of Art in London (1958) and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (1960-1963). Directly afterwards, he continued on to the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, receiving his diploma in painting in 1967. This was also where he earned the title of academic painter, a designation given to those influenced by the style of the European academies of art. Kotsonis explored different thematic categories and styles including still life, landscapes, nudes and portraits; a series of his works deals with and is entitled ‘Mythological’. He uses oils and watercolour, acrylic and tempera; for his mosaics, tiles made from natural stone.
His (relatively) early efforts during the period 1962-1969 were influenced by expressionism, especially the painters responsible for the movement. Around 1970, the artist drew inspiration from fluidity of form and cubism, particularly through the works of G. Braque and P. Picasso. Five years later (thereabouts), his focus shifted primarily to nudes and portraiture, though he did not abandon the other thematic categories he was interested in. His fluid methodology was based on clarity and the quality of the line, more idealistic figures; a restrained use of colour and a sensually accentuated atmosphere.
George Kotsonis, Mother and Child, 1989, Oil on canvas, 120 x 86 cm