“Christos and Photini in words and pictures”
Paintings, illustrations and engravings
December 11th 2018 will see the opening at Gallery “7” of a retrospective exhibition by the artist Photini Stephanidi to mark her long-standing collaboration with the author Christos Boulotis. From Cadmus (the dog from the Thebes museum) to Xenophon (the cat at the Limnos museum) this artist and writer team have so far created 26 books, with milestones such as The “Statue who was Cold”, “The Cat from Smolenski Street”, “Alphabetical Oddities”, “The Strange Love of the Horse and the Poplar Tree” and “The Old Toys’ Revolution”.
Fairy tales, poetry and prose on the one hand and sketches, paintings and engravings on the other. And in between, rough outlines, notes, texts, traces of a friendship and, autobiographical references, all steps in two lives that continue in the same constellation – the course of a friendship that goes back 22 years celebrated in a fairy-tale exhibition created for those grownups who still play and dream and, of course, for children. The selected works, accompanied by extracts from the author’s writings, will be on show at Gallery “7, until January 5th 2019.
Βorn in Greece in 1962, the artist and illustrator Photini Stephanidi – daughter of the painter Yannis Stephanidis – completed her studies in painting and fresco at the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1986, where her teachers included painters of international repute such as GiannisMoralis, Dimitris Mytaras and Constantine Xinopoulos. Since 1988 she has exhibited her work in twenty individual and many group and international exhibitions of painting, engraving and illustration both in Greece and abroad. Her pictures have featured in about a hundred of published works, including editions of Greek folk tales, literature and poetry, and she has made a speciality of collectors’ editions.
Notable among the many prizes and distinctions her work has gained are the Bratislava Illustrators’ Biennale Plaque (2001), the Greek State Prize for Illustration (2003, 2007 and 2011), the Belgrade Illustrators’ Biennale ‘Golden Pen’ (2005 and 2013) and ‘Plaquette’ (2010), the first prize for illustrations from the Greek Section of IBBY (1995, 2005 and 2011), EBGE prize and mention 2007 and 2013, her selection as the Hellenic Republic’s candidate for the 2004 Hans Christian Andersen Prize, and for the 2008 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Awards.
Opening: 11/12/2018 at 19:00
Duration: 11/12/2018- 05/01/2019
Exhibition opening hours:
Wednesday & Saturday 11:00 – 15:00
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 11:00 – 14:00 and 18:00 – 21:00
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