Monday, August 30, 2010

Paper Art by Pavlos - Quiller Extraordinaire

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.

Pavlos Paper ArtJackets, 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.

Pavlos Paper ArtForet, 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.

Pavlos Paper ArtChaussette, 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.

Pavlos Paper ArtFlowers, 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.
Pavlos Paper Artuntitled, 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!)

Pavlos Paper ArtTies, 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.


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

  2. Thank you for sharing these unique creations!

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

  4. 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!

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. unbelievable find such unique artists to share with us.

  10. look at the drape on those jackets...

    Feeling much better thank you.xx

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

  12. 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!!!!

  13. 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.

  14. 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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