“As you set out for [Kedares] hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery.” When in 1974 Yorgos set out on his journey he still had to discover Cavafy, art and life. His journey was long; took him across most of the continents. He held his thoughts raised high and never stopped learning. But now he is decided to come home to in Kedares; it has not fooled him and he understands it: it’s but a sojourn.
The setting up his studio in this beautiful village full of softness is not the end of the journey but a milestone. In October 2017, friends and admirers from far and wide joined him to celebrate his work and his homecoming.
On 30th September 2017 the studio and gallery of Yorgos Papadopoulos were featured in the official Pafos 2017 Capital of Culture programme. Part of “Routes and Tracks”, more than 130 visitors enjoyed samples of the work and some explanations about the unique technique Yorgos has developed over the years.
Enjoying the success of his uniqueness, the Cypriot artist decided to return to his roots. His ancestral homestead now houses a studio with all his own tools and equipment. In the adjacent small gallery some of the available works could be admired.
Almost five months since the entire content of the studio in Tottenham was shipped over and finally, the studio is completely set up. Ready in time for Pafos 2017 Capital of Culture to send us some visitors.
It’s time for some art in the garden. Now that the fickle rain showers of early spring seem to have gone and the Chelsea Flower Show is opening its doors, everyone is keen to get out of the house. If you’re lucky enough to have your own garden, you may want to consider adding some beauty to it with art. The works of Yorgos are made with toughened glass and the highest grade of stainless steel: they are totally weather proof and can add colour that remains throughout the variance of the seasons.
If you are not so lucky, you can still enjoy Yorgos’s art in the magnificent Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden in Dorking, Surrey. Some of his Stratified Jewel pendants are exhibited dangling in the wind from a tree. For this exhibition, he also created a new work: a free-standing sculpture in shades of blue called ‘A Touch of Klein’.
In 2016 Yorgos created his largest work to date – 2 by 3 meters – as part of a private commission. Due to family circumstances, it was not possible to create it in one of the larger glass studios in Germany he would usually go to for this size of work. The London studio had proven to be just big enough, provided all furniture and even the interior doors were taken out. It was a moment of realisation that there was a need for more space.
After a few months of research, it was clear that moving the studio to his native Cyprus was the most sensible solution to the problem. The London real estate market is still very booming and is pushing all of the affordable artist spaces further away from the centre to the periphery. And even there, the financial risk of renting space is not exactly what an artist needs to be worrying about.
In Cyprus, on the other hand, there was plenty of space available. An existing house that with minor adjustments could be used as a studio plus lots of land to expand on in the future. And to do other things with! Furthermore, Cyprus seemed to offer also more mental space: the peacefulness of a village in the foothills of the Troodos, with only 25 inhabitants, is all that an artist can dream of to be productive. No distractions. Lots of inspiration. No stress.
Claude Monet moved with his family to Giverny in 1883 and lived there until his death in 1926. In the small town northwest of Paris, he created a spectacular garden that is still a major attraction for all who love nature and art. This garden was one of the main sources of inspiration for the master.
Yorgos shares the same passion for nature. Many of his works reflect images of flora, the underwater and of geological gems. But for this 2016 commission, installed in a London private garden, Yorgos sought inspiration in Monet’s paintings of the Giverny garden. The three circular panels can be seen as œil de bœufs giving you a peek into the radiant colours of the Giverny in full bloom.