Monday, August 30, 2010

Pavlos

Because the rolling and folding of paper is often thought of as just a simple craft, it's inspiring when it receives recognition in the fine art world. The manipulated paper sculptures of Pavlos Dionyssopoulos provide many such examples.

Jackets, 1992, paper, board, rubber, and Plexiglas, 51¾ x 42½ inches via Christie's

In the early 1960s, Pavlos (who is usually referred to by his first name only) began creating finely detailed, still life compositions of machine cut strips of misprinted poster paper. His work took posters from flat objects to dimensional, expressive works of art.

Foret, 1971, cut paper in Plexiglas, 122 x 79.1 x 79.1 inches via artnet

Born in Greece in 1930, Pavlos studied at The School of Fine Arts in Athens. Originally an abstract painter, he received a Greek state scholarship for a three year stay in France, where he was introduced to a group of artists in Paris called the New Realists, from whom he was inspired to shape paper strips into art objects.

Chaussette, 1970, cut paper in Plexiglas, 18.5 x 14 inches via Arcadja

Pavlos's densely colored, realistic sculptures have been shown in exhibits primarily in France, Italy, Germany, and Greece, and are sold throughout the world via fine auction houses. I've been unable to determine if his work has ever been shown in America, but would be thrilled to see it in person.

Flowers, 1998, paper, wood, and Plexiglas, 48.5 x 38.5 x 2.5 inches via Arcadja

At age 80, Pavlos is still creating. This heart is one of his newest works.
untitled, 2010, paper cut poster, 43.3 x 40.2 x 2.2 inches via artnet

I highly recommend a visit to artvalue where you can click through pages and pages of his fascinating sculptures and collages. (I'm especially taken by the bottle and fruit still lifes - go see!)

Ties, 1997, mixed media on panel, 63 x 73 x 6 cm via Arcadja

Thanks to Licia Politis for introducing me to Pavlos. She came across his work via a documentary on a Greek television station that airs in Australia.

17 comments:

apinnick said...

Simply stunning -- and very different from the designs I usually associate with quilling. Thanks for featuring another amazing artist!

Quill Seeker said...

Thank you for sharing these unique creations!

Ann said...

Absolutely fascinating.

Molly Smith said...

Wow, this is unreal. I love those bottles too, the work is so perfect. Thanks for sharing! xo

Bronwyn said...

Simply amazing!

Shelly said...

How wonderful! His work is liberating and inspiring. It makes me want to sit down and rethink how I create my quilling.

Thank you so much for sharing this article!

Kathy said...

Wow Ann.. this is fabulous.. what gorgeous work.. and so different..
Thanks for showing this..

SUGANTHI said...

The colourful tree is such a beauty and I agree with you on the bottle and glass as well as the fruits.

Philippa said...

I agree with Suganthi - the tree is fantastic, and all the works just go to show that there's always a new angle on working with paper.

licia politis said...

I couldn't believe my eyes when I was watching the Greek channel. At first I thought it was painting, and it took me a little while to realise that Pavlo's work was paper!! I love the jackets and the ties, I also wish I could see Pavlo's work up close.
Licia

Cards by Cheryl said...

unbelievable Ann...you find such unique artists to share with us.

Rosie said...

look at the drape on those jackets...

Feeling much better thank you.xx

(Shawny) Shawn Pedralba said...

the detailing in these pieces are crazy!

CraftyRichela said...

The ties are my favorite.
Thanks, Ann! Another great post.

Sandy D said...

Thank you so much for your blog. I love seeing so many artists creating amazing things out of paper. The time and effort you put into finding them is greatly appreciated. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Ann Martin said...

Thanks so much, everyone! It's wonderful to hear your enthusiasm and to know you were as thrilled to discover Pavlos's art as I was.

Texican3k said...

This is great! How wonderful to see such great creations from a man. I was surprised because this is predominantly a talented woman's art where men are the minority. Nonetheless, I love this work, and I'm happy we are all welcome to enjoy it.

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