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Yannis Kourakis

Galerie 3

The word eidolon in Greek means “image”—a thing without substance, a phantom, a mental picture. This is exactly the impression conveyed by Yannis Kourakis’ small paintings, called “Eidola,” completed between March 1983 and January 1985, as they flickered and glowed on the walls of the gallery. The visual richness of these heavily textured, sensuously tactile, luminous paintings attests to Kourakis’ Greek and eastern Mediterranean heritage, a tradition steeped in the lavish, the sumptuous, the dazzling.

Kourakis is a painter par excellence, and a purist in the way he handles his medium—oil paint—which he always uses in unadulterated form. Moreover, he reflects a deep understanding of and deference for this medium. He paints on wood because, as a surface, it is resistant and hard and so bears up to the blows that he occasionally inflicts on it in the painting process. His work is figurative,

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