Paintings, 1997-2003 – Foundation for Hellenic Culture, New York – 05/02/2003-05.04/2003

George Rorris:
”Portraits and Nudes”

The Foundation for Hellenic Culture is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition of works of one Creece’s most talented young painters, George Rorris. The director of the well-known Athens gallery, Medusa, Mrs. M. Demetriades, will be present on the opening night. The exhibition will open on Thursday, February 5, 2004, at 7 pm, and will be on view until March 5, 2004 (Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 6pm). An illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition. Available subway lines: F,A,C,N,R,4,5,6.

The exhibition has been made possible by the generosity of private collectors who allowed the Foundation to borrow their paintings exclusively for the exhibition in New York. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to experience the connection between works that are otherwise kept in separate private collections.
The director general of Athens’ National Gallery, Prof. Marina Lampraki-Plaka, writes that (Rorris) is ‘‘ … a born painter who represents a style of painting which is facing extinction. Fortunately in Creece there are still quite a few painters who actively and doggedly occupy themselves with the same utopian ideal: they are the turpentine alcoholics, the advocates of a style of painting which transforms the image into living matter, capable of giving, back life and duration to the dead image, capable of trapping in its passions the passions of man, of the painter and by extension of the model and of the beholder’’

Yannis Kontos, the well known poet, writes “the painter works with different techniques: brush, spatulas, rags, crumpled newspaper which he plunges into the paint, the brush handle, nails fingers, etc.” Describing one of the paintings, Kontos writes how “ On a deeper level, the subject of George Rorris” painting is light in all nuances of darkness and surprise, a light that is turned on and off by a child that plays with a light and with our life”.

George Rorris was born in Kosma Kynourias in 1963. He studied painting in Athens from 1982 to 1987. From 1988 to 1991 he was student at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris with scholarships. He was given the Young Painter under 40 award from the Academy of Athens in 2001. He lives and works in Athens.

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