“Aristotelis is a Master of the contemporary Cyprus landscape. His work is unique. It is both a highly contemporary vision and timeless as well.”
Glyn Hughes, writer, painter and art critic
At the age of 20 he entered the Athens School of Fine Arts, to study painting. There he developed his creative talent under the expert tuition of two famous Greek painters, Tetsis and Mytaras. He seems to absorb the vivid landscape of Cyprus, suffused with glorious yellows, golds and greens, splashed with vermillion poppies, purple thyme, scarlet rooftops and azure sea.
“I never work indoors, I must get out to explore the shapes and shadows of the hills, the endless array of colours, the ever-changing light” says Artistotelis. “I study one area, not the entire vista, then reduce and abstract”.
Using large brushes and a palette knife, Aristotelis applies oil paint with sweeping expressionistic strokes on expansive canvasses. He builds the structure and form, as if considering the shape and volume of a figure, and conversely when he paints the human form, he approaches it as a landscape.
What triggered off this infatuation with landscapes? As a small boy he was enthralled by a landscape painting seen in a neighbour’s house. It left an indelible impression, so strong that even today, every time he confronts an empty canvas, he tries to re-create that same intense feeling of excitement and inspiration. He succeeds. And what’s more he conveys it to the viewer. The canvases radiate with the colour and energy that describe his vision.
Aristotelis has something absolutely different to say about landscapes; for him the process of painting is an exploration that reveals unexpected shapes and forms, with wonderful colours and tones.