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George Tzannes, New York

Tzannes Fine Art Gallery, located on the Island of Kythera in Greece, exhibits the work of Greek-American artist George Tzannes from June through October. The work is of Kytherian subjects in various media, including acrylic painting on canvas, board and paper; oil painting on canvas and board; original, limited edition lithograph and silkscreen prints; pencil, watercolor and mixed media on paper; sculpture; and cement fresco. When not in Greece, the artist lives and works in New York City. This web gallery brings together artwork from both places.

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In 1971 New York artist George Tzannes first visited Kythera, where his father was born. Since that time, the idyllic island has become the exclusive subject of his work.

Tzannes studied drawing at the Art Student's League, and fine art lithography at Pratt Graphics Center and The Printmaking Workshop in New York City.
Over the past twenty years Tzannes has made frequent and extended visits to Kythera with his family. His works of Kythera have been exhibited throughout the United States, in Canada, and in Athens. In recent years he has established a studio/gallery on Kythera.

By Dora Iliopoulou-Rogan
In Kathimerini, Athens 9/25/83
George Tzannes, in his work inspired by Kythera, reveals a dynamic talent. In every one of his oil paintings, monotypes and lithographs exhibited in ORA Gallery, the artist has created a composition which is a true experience for us. Evidently this Greek-American artist is deeply touched by the landscape and the atmosphere of his father's homeland. He visits Greece often and stays for some time in Kythera, where he paints for hours without any distractions.

He has succeeded in decoding something important and absolutely essential from the 'climate' of the place and the enchantment it evokes in the Monastery of Myrtidiotissa which he has pictured, or rather orchestrated, with a characteristic directness and knowledge of the particular atmosphere; in the olive trees as well as in the other trees of the island that erupt with a unique freshness from the implicit variations of green; in the goat, in the inner courtyard; in the slightest architectural detail. In the landscapes inspired by Hora, in Kapsali, in the church at Paliohora, in the landscape with ruins, in the "White City", in the imposing doors, in the windows, in the fields and valleys and trees, Tzannes has decoded, isolated and captured something of the essential enchantment of nature in its most attractive and simultaneously fundamental state, so as to project it with an intense tension.

Beyond this, the artist has interpreted every stimulus with a characteristic sense of metaphysics. Looking at the trees, their branches, and the smallest bush right next to them, we feel that something essential has been absorbed here from the cycle of cosmogony. And it is precisely this ability of the artist, beyond his artistic perfection, that moves us most in his works.

The works with the theme of Hora, Kapsali, a monastery or a church, substantiate his talent for composition and the faultless instinct with which he creates the volumes of the buildings, molding them through a special lighting. As a genuine spirit of optimism emerges from his works, we share his inspiration just by looking at them, and most important of all, this spirit stays with us for a long time after we have stopped looking at them.

Translated from Greek by Marianna Halkia


One-man Exhibitions
1999 OK Harris, New York, NY
1998 Beatrice Conde Gallery, New York City
1994 OK Harris, New York City
1987 Greek Consulate, Vancouver, Canada
1985 Potamos Cultural Center, Kythera Island, Greece
1983 ORA Gallery, Athens, Greece
1983 Jean Lumbard Fine Arts, New York City
1983 Church of the Annunciation, New York City
1983 Florida Junior College, Jacksonville, Florida
1982 Simon/Maier Gallery, New York City
1979 Greek Press & Information Service, New York City

Group Shows
2003 Cast Iron Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Potamos Cultural Center, Kythera, Greece
1999 OK Harris, New York, NY
1997 Beatrice Conde Gallery, New York City
1990 "New Voices in Greek-American Art", Cooper Union School of Art
1990 "14th Annual Small Works," New York University
1988 Marden Fine Arts, New York City
1984 "Tribute to Robert Blackburn", AC-BAW Arts Center, Mt Vernon, NY
1984 Original Print Collectors Group, New York City
1984 Greek Consulate, New York City
1984 Charles Adams Gallery, Lubbock, Texas
1983 "16 Artists from the Printmaking Workshop", City Gallery, New York
1983 Original Print Collectors Group, New York City
1983 Greek Cultural Festival, Astoria, New York City
1983 Kouros Gallery, New York City
1983 National Greek Art Exhibition, Springfield, Massachusetts
1982 Galerie 212, Paris, France
1982 "Multiples by Multiples", Basson Mall Gallery, SUNY at Buffalo, NY
1982 "Multiples by Multiples", Community Folk Gallery, Syracuse, NY
1982 "Landscape Drawings", Kaber Gallery, New York City
1982 "11th Annual Print and Drawing Exhibition", Minot State College, ND
1982 Original Print Collectors Group, New York City
1981 Original Print Collectors Group, New York City
1980 Original Print Collectors Group, New York City
1978 "21st Print & Drawing Annual", University of Grand Forks, ND
1978 "Fine Prints", Dreyfus Gallery, New York City
1977 "19th Exhibition of Prints & Drawings", Oklahoma City Art Center
1977 Original Print Collectors Group, New York City

Greek Artists Abroad, Niki Loizidi, Athens, Greece 1983
Ta Panimatika Kythera, Athens, Greece, September 1983
Greek Accent Magazine, New York, New York, January 1982
Nea Yorky, Greek-American Monthly Review, New York, June-August 1979
Lychnari, Verkenningen In Het Griekenland Van Nu, "Schilder op Kythira: George Tzannes", by Riek Weijand, April 1992
New Voices in Greek American Art, Cooper Union School of Arts, New York, by April Kingsley, November 1990 Exhibition Catalog
The Florida Times Union, Jacksonville, FL, February 10, 1983
Kythiriaki Idea, Athens, Greece, October, 1983
Hellenic Times, New York, New York, October 14, 1983
Kathimerini, Athens, Greece, September 25, 1983
Bradini, Athens, Greece, September 19, 1983
Nea, Athens, Greece, September 30, 1983
Edeuth Gnomy, Athens, Greece, September 6 and September 17, 1983
Proini, New York, New York, January 17, 1982 and May 18, 1979
Greek World, New York, New York, June 26, 1979
Ethnikos Kirix, New York, New York, May 16, 1979
Radio & Television
WNET-TV, Printmaking demonstration for Thirteen Collection, 1979
90 FM radio, Jacksonville, Florida, Interview, February, 1983
1330 AM, WPOW, New York, New York, Interview on Hellenic Harmonies
with Manos Galanis, May, 1979

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