The Museum, in collaboration with the Contemporary Greek Art Institute in Athens, presents a selection of 28 representative works of Panayiotis Tetsis, which give us a great sample of the artistic path he has come along.
One main characteristic of the artist is that his paintings are divided, deliberately or subconsciously, into thematic categories which define his subject matter chronologically. These themes are numerous, representing and defining him according to the touch of his coarse brushstrokes. The artworks of this exhibition have been selected from the following thematic categories: “Friends”, “Hydra of Tetsis”, “Sifnos” and “Bypassing the Tselevinia”. In addition to these, more recent artworks have also been selected under the theme “The Pines". Through this exhibition, at a time when in the 20th and 21st centuries, most of Europe’s contemporary art practices seem to be rebelling against traditional methods, and are being replaced with art and technology, Panyiotis Tetsis has embraced his painting. He believed in the simplicity and austerity of materials. His visual research through the use of materials (watercolour, oil paint, pastel and charcoal), and the transition from white to black are characteristic of his work, and reveal the multifaceted and yet unobtrusive layers within his painting.
Panayiotis Tetsis, Pine, 2010-2011, Oil and colour-varnish on canvas, 161 x 226 cm
Panayiotis Tetsis, Burnt Pine, 2011, Colour-varnish on canvas, 152 x 209 cm
Panayiotis Tetsis, Pine, 2010-2011, Oil on canvas, 165 x 212 cm
Panayiotis Tetsis, Pine, 2010-2011, Oil on canvas, 150 x 210 cm
Panayiotis Tetsis, Pine, 2011, Oil on canvas, 165 x 210 cm
Panayiotis Tetsis, Hydra, Landscape, 1998, Watercolour, 105 x 75 cm
Panayiotis Tetsis, Landscape, 2006-2008, Oil on canvas, 90 x 200 cm
Panayiotis Tetsis, Portrait of A.K., 1998-1999, Oil on canvas, 133 x 163 cm
Panayiotis Tetsis, Dimitris and Angeliki Kotsira, 2005, Oil on canvas, 163 x 186 cm