Makis Theophylactopoulos

Athens Gallery

Since the beginning of his artistic career, in the mid ’60s, Makis Theophylactopoulos has consistently been preoccupied with painting and the oil medium. He is, in short, the confirmed painter par excellence. His recent work, executed between 1986 and 1988, falls loosely within the parameters of both formalism (he examines some of the fundamentals of painting) and expressionism (largely the consequence of the unusual manner in which he handles paint).

Theophylactopoulos painted the works in this exhibition with his hands and fingers, a technique he devised in the late ’70s. The artist alternately traces, scratches, gouges, and erases lines of pigment. He eliminates the idea of a tool as an extension of the hand. The artist’s direct, tactile contact with the canvas, whereby the two-dimensional flatness of the surface is physically felt, oddly reinforces the formalist concept of flat painting.

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