“The drawings of Panos Raimondos” – 23/01/14 – 08/03/14

Panos Raimondos
“The drawings of Panos Raimondos”
Curator: Christopher Marinos
23 January – 8 March 2014

On Thursday, January 23 at 8.00 in the evening Maria Demetriades opens the exhibition “The drawings of Panos Raimondos” at the Medusa Art Gallery.

The exhibition comprises twenty-one drawings by the self-taught sculptor Raimondos. Most were executed during the artist’s time in Paris and are the only ones to survive. They present dozens of angelic figures drawn with ballpoint pen on newspaper sheets. All but one of the works were made on copies of Le Monde, and the other one on a sheet of the Greek newspaper Acropolis. The drawings span almost a decade, the first dating from October 17, 1972 and the latest from October 2, 1981, by which time the artist had moved permanently to Athens.

How do we read these drawings today? How do they relate to the sculptural work of Raymondos? “Some become sculptors because they like using their hands”, said Henry Moore in his well-known lecture about ‘The Sculptor in Modern Society’. In the case of Raimondos, the artist’s need to use his hands becomes a kind of daily prayer. His drawings emphasise the body’s motion, density and hovering, while each angelic figure has different features. Raimondos’ drawings are accompanied by a series of wood carvings, with their juxtaposition aiming to promote the viewers’ understanding of the artist’s vision—a vision in which childishness and an unaffected simplicity have a key role. Starting from the drawings of Raimondos as its focus, the exhibition attempts a new reading of his oeuvre.

Raimondos (Panayotis Remoundos) was born in 1927. He decided to take up sculpture in the gloomy post-war years. As to many Greek artists of his generation, emigration seemed inevitable. Following his childhood friends Takis (Vassilakis) and Minos Argyrakis —the latter would introduce him to the Greek audience with a laudatory article in the Eleftheria newspaper—Raimondos took his first artistic steps in Paris, where he stayed for two decades (1959-1979). Although not avant-garde in the modernist sense of the term, his work has a special side to it that makes it attractive: throughout his life, the sculptor obsessively carved female angelic forms on wood. He used to say that his creations were meant for future generations. “I always worked on my own idea of angels and bodies, convinced that man must always move upward. We could see that a new age was beginning, that the misery, the system should change. The world moved forward. My thoughts went towards space”. Raimondos died in Athens in 1995.


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