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submitted by Jim Tzannes on 08.10.2005

Kypriotianika.

Kypriotianika" Silkscreen 36 cm x 28 cm.

Edition 60, 1976

Landscape: View of Kypriotianika.

Detailed information about George Tzannes

See also

http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoxdoo/tzannesart/

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submitted by Jim Tzannes on 08.10.2005

St Nicolas.

"St Nicolas" Silkscreen, 28 cm x 36 cm.

Edition 60, 1976

Landscape: Olive trees and church in Kypriotianika.

Detailed information about George Tzannes

See also

http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoxdoo/tzannesart/

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submitted by Peter Bouras on 05.10.2005

Goat and Fig Tree

Goat and Fig Tree" Litho/Silkscreen, 66 cm x 47 cm. No edition, 1977
Landscape: Fig tree, goat in field near Aroniadika

Painting by George Tzannes.

Detailed information about George Tzannes

See also

http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoxdoo/tzannesart/

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submitted by Peter Bouras on 05.10.2005

Stone House.

Stone House" Lithograph, 41 cm x 51 cm. Edition 200, 1978
Architecture: Old stone house near Fratsia.

Painting by George Tzannes.

Detailed information about George Tzannes

See also

http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoxdoo/tzannesart/

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submitted by Peter Bouras on 05.10.2005

Tower at Myrtidia.

Painting by George Tzannes.

Detailed information about George Tzannes

See also

http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoxdoo/tzannesart/

"Tower" Lithograph 41 cm x 41 cm. Edition 150, 1983
Architecture: Tower at Myrtidia Monastery.

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submitted by George Poulos on 25.08.2005

Theo Corones' painting of the Light House.

My Uncle Theo (my mother Envangalia (Angie's) older brother), lost a leg to infection in his late 20's.

Part of his rehabilitation involved art therapy; although he was a very accomplished artist from a young age.

He painted from memory. Rarely did he paint from nature, or from a photograph or other image.

His memories were "idealistic".

This is Theo's impression - painted in about 2 hours - of the light house at Ayios Nikolaos, in the north of the island, above Plattia Ammos.

To see a photograph of Theo, in 1931, as a 6 year old, alongside his mother, and two sisters, go to:
http://www.kythera-family.net/index.php?nav=104-111&did=7345-1&searchResult=searchResult

To see a photograph of Theo, in 1960, at age 35, alongside his brothers and sisters, go to:
http://www.kythera-family.net/index.php?nav=117-118&did=7962

To see a photograph of Theo, in later life, in retirement in the North Queensland coastal village of Bargara, see:
http://www.kythera-family.net/index.php?nav=117-118&cid=190&did=8007&pageflip=1

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submitted by Peter Bouras on 30.07.2005

Joe

Joe
(1950) Vaucluse, Sydney
oil on canvas
71.1 x 91.5 cm
inscribed in purple paint l.r.:
Russell Drysdale
Private collection

Travellers in the northern outback have all met Joe, the Greek cafe keeper, and yet they will never meet him. Drysdale's pictures are composed in his studio, never modelled on a single person or place. Joe is not a portrait. He is the image that typifies, created out of a thousand impressions and a remarkable and highly visual memory.
(Joseph Burke, The Paintings of Russell Drysdale, Ure Smith, Sydney, 1951, p. 11)

His study of Joe, the storekeeper, drugged with silence and staring into space, has all the monumentality of a quattrocento fresco, combined with the humanity of a Daumier. It is this ability to fuse the precision of the classicist with the feeling of the humanist that gives Drysdale his main strength.
(James Gleeson, 'Russell Drysdale', Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, Sydney, October 1960, p. 42)

In 1950 Drysdale produced a number of paintings that contrasted interior and exterior spaces. Joe shares with Maria and Tractor-face Jackson a composition based on a reflective individual framed by strong architectural elements, with an intense external light source. The figures appear neither comfortable nor uncomfortable in their surroundings, but look beyond the viewer and remain preoccupied by their own thoughts. The first owner of Joe was the music publisher Sir Alexis Albert (1904-96). He had seen the painting at the Macquarie Galleries in August 1950 but was told it was reserved for the London exhibition in December. He wired a colleague in London with instructions to purchase the painting on the opening day of Drysdale's coming exhibition at the Leicester Galleries.1 The Alberts formed an important collection of Australian art which also included Drysdale's Herb Thompson. 2

1 Letter from the Albert family to the author, 2 May 1996.
2 Herb Thompson(1953), oil on canvas, 60.7 ´ 75.9 cm, private collection.

An Australian Broadcasting Corporation and National Gallery of Victoria Collaboration
© 1999 ABC and NGV

http://arts.abc.net.au/drysdale/paintings/44.htm

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submitted by Peter Bouras on 25.08.2005

Maria

Maria
(1950) Vaucluse, Sydney
oil on canvas
99.0 x 76.2 cm
inscribed in purple paint l.r.:
Russell Drysdale
Orica Limited

Eminent Australian artist, Russell Drysdale's attempt to capture the quintissential nature of the Greek-Australian woman in Australian country towns.

"It's a curious fact that the alien Greek café keeper has became a symbol of the Australian country town - whenever ones goes out west there is always 'the dagoe's' to eat in. The majority of them I've always found are hard working, honest people, with courage to work and save and give their children a better way of life in a new land. I've tried to express something of the solidity of that attitude in Maria - I did not necessarily want to make her beautiful in the sense that beauty nowadays too often takes form from cosmetic advertisements - I wanted to give her strength and a quality of endurance, qualities which make it possible to overcome hardship, heat and loneliness, and make and found a home and family in a new environment. Perhaps there is beauty in that - all these people go to make a nation, they are part of the future."
(Letter from Drysdale to Sir Keith Murdoch, 10 January 1952, private collection).

Maria provides a companion to Joe. (See next entry, at kythera-family).
http://www.kythera-family.net/index.php?nav=117-128&cid=252&did=7797&pageflip=1
Both figures impassively watch the street of a country town from the verandah and window of a café. The gaze is almost hypnotic and shows no anxiety or restlessness.

The paintings are reunited for the first time since 1960.

An Australian Broadcasting Corporation and National Gallery of Victoria Collaboration
© 1999 ABC and NGV

http://arts.abc.net.au/drysdale/paintings/45.htm

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submitted by George Poulos on 27.02.2005

Theo(thosios) Corones, Belos, artist. An idealistic impression of Karavas.

My Uncle Theo (my mother Envangalia (Angie's) older brother), lost a leg to infection in his late 20's.

Part of his rehabilitation involved art therapy; although he was a very accomplished artist from a young age.

He painted from memory. Rarely did he paint from nature, or from a photograph or other image.

His memories were "idealistic". This is Theo's impression - a very,very, verdant impression - of his home village of Karavas.

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submitted by George Poulos on 18.12.2004

Helen Varoxis, (nee, Coombes) - Quilt-maker.

From the National Quilt register site:

http://amol.org.au/nqr/result.asp?ID=732&restype=t

Quilt History:

The 2 parts of this quilt were made in Cessnock NSW c.1960 by Helen Varoxis. It is still owned by Helen and is still used in winter.

Story of Quilt:

"A Cessnock Quilt. Although this quilt was made in Cessnock, its origins are really in the NSW country town of Cootamundra where Helen Varoxis was born in 1916, and where, as a young woman, she began sewing and making quilts! Helen's parents, Minas and Maria Coombes came to Australia from the small Greek island of Kythera in 1911, part of the pre-WW11 Greek migration which is now being recognised as an important part of Australia's history.

They settled in Cootamundra where their children Kate, Jim, Helen and Ourania were born. Helen worked for several years in their family business, the Popular Cafe, after attending Cootamundra Intermediate High School. As with so many Greek Australian women of her generation, Helen's upbringing was as Greek as her parents were able to make it; despite the isolation of the small country town, Greek language and customs were strongly taught.

Among the few other Greeks in Cootamundra were Socrati and Maria Behlevanas and Socrati's close friend Ignatios (Tom) Varoxis; both from the same village of Aghia Paraskevi, on the Greek island of Mytilini (Lesvos). It was Socrati who went to Helen's father on behalf on his friend to ask permission for Helen to marry Tom. They married in 1940, with Socrati as their 'koumbaro' (best man), and with the traditional Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony being conducted, in the local Anglican church, by a priest from Sydney. Helen and Tom worked hard in their White Rose Café; in 1946 they moved to the mining town of Cessnock, where they bought the Ritz Milk Bar which they owned until retirement in 1973.

Helen still lives in their traditional Australian house with its wide veranda, where they raised their son Peter. Peter and his wife Sandra have two children, Jason and Jessica. Australians who lived through the Great Depression, learnt never to waste anything, and Helen was no exception. So, over the years, all sorts of fabric pieces have been used to make many quilts. For this one, with its lovely rich colours, Helen used squares of velvet which were once part of a fabric sample book. Because of the weight of the velvet, she had to make it in two separate pieces. Helen still uses her quilt in Cessnock's cold winters." [Written by Lula Saunders, adapted from interview 16/4/00 for the National Quilt Register]


Quilt number:
732HV

Owner:
Helen Varoxis

Location:
NSW Hunter

Maker:
Helen Varoxis

Country/Place where quilt was made:
AUSTRALIA NSW

Date:
1941 - 1970

Description:

Quilt, in 2 parts, made from samples of different coloured velvets. It has 2 layers and is machine made. It became too heavy to sew on a domestic sewing machine so was constructed in two separate pieces. There is no padding. 2370 x 1550mm and 2230 x 800mm

General Pattern:

Patchwork, Mosaic, Square

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submitted by George Poulos on 30.09.2011

Matina Pavlakis. Exceptional lace-maker.

Knotted needle lace doily by Matina Pavlakis, synthetic thread, 1990–94.

Matina Pavlakis

Greek-born, Sydney-based lacemaker Matina Pavlakis has an exceptional range of needlework skills. She works enthusiastically and consistently on a variety of projects, although crochet and knotted lace are her favourites.

Pavlakis was taught crochet, tatting, knotted lace, weaving and embroidery at the Home Science College for Girls on the island of Kythera. Historically, Kythera’s important strategic position — described as the ‘eye of the Mediterranean’ — exposed its people and culture to influences from many nations. Phoenician, Venetian, English and French influences are all evident in the needlework, crochet and tapestry produced on the island.

Pavlakis migrated to Australia in 1960, bringing with her the knowledge and skills of her homeland.
Although she describes herself as ‘an unassuming housewife’, since 1975 Pavlakis has won countless prizes in district shows. In one year alone she was awarded 16 first prizes.

From:

http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/pdf/research/3_contemporary_lacemakers.pdf

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
Lace Study centre.

The Lace Study Centre is -
Open 10.30 am – 1.30 pm weekdays
For inquiries and bookings
tel: (02) 9217 0222
fax: (02) 9217 0441

email: edserv@phm.gov.au

internet: www.powerhousemuseum.com/education/lace

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submitted by George Kalligeros on 15.11.2004

Michael Stralek, Artist and Teacher

Michael Stralek with his marionettes in one of his advertisements.

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submitted by George Kalligeros on 13.11.2004

Michael Stralek: Kytherian Landscape 2

This print was made in 1989. See also:
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/gakall/stralek/

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submitted by George Kalligeros on 13.11.2004

Michael Stralek: Kytherian Landscape 1

See also: http://home.comcast.net/~gakall/stralek/

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submitted by George Poulos on 12.06.2004

Peter Sophios - Nude

Pointelist style. Ink on Paper 10" x 14".

To learn more about Peter Sophios, and the Sophios family; and to view more of Peter's artwork, you can visit their website at:

http://www.hinet.net.au/~sophios/

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submitted by George Poulos on 12.06.2004

Peter Sophios - Girl and Violin

Ink on Paper 8 x 10.

To learn more about Peter Sophios, and the Sophios family; and to view more of Peter's artwork, you can visit their website at:

http://www.hinet.net.au/~sophios/

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submitted by George Poulos on 12.06.2004

Peter Sophios - Girl with Boa Acrylic

Acrylic on Board 16" x 20".

To learn more about Peter Sophios, and the Sophios family; and to view more of Peter's artwork, you can visit their website at:

http://www.hinet.net.au/~sophios/

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submitted by George Poulos on 12.06.2004

Peter Sophios - The Smile

Oil on Board 14" x 18".

To learn more about Peter Sophios, and the Sophios family; and to view more of Peter's artwork, you can visit their website at:

http://www.hinet.net.au/~sophios/

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submitted by George Poulos on 12.06.2004

Peter Sophios - The Dance

Oil on Board 18 x 20.

To learn more about Peter Sophios, and the Sophios family; and to view more of Peter's artwork, you can visit their website at:

http://www.hinet.net.au/~sophios/

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submitted by George Poulos on 12.06.2004

Peter Sophios - Seated Nude Oil on Board 14 x 18

Oil on Board 14" x 18".

To learn more about Peter Sophios, and the Sophios family; and to view more of Peter's artwork, you can visit their website at:

http://www.hinet.net.au/~sophios/