AGIOGRAFOS – PAINTER
Dimitris Varias was born in Thassos 1961. He studied decoration in Thessaloniki and in 1981 began to paint and exhibit his work. He traveled in Europe continuing the study of the great museums of Italy -Spain – France and elsewhere.
Stayed at Mount Sinai and the odd Chozeva and St. Sava in Palestine. Toured the holy places of the Aegean and mainland Greece, continuing the study of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine iconography
In 1989 he returned to Kallirachi of Thassos where he lives and works today. He is married and has 6 children.
Participation in exhibitions
Gallery BALCONY Thessaloniki 1983
Cultural Center of Katerini 1984
Gallery BALCONY Thessaloniki 1985
Kouros Gallery Thessaloniki 1986
Cultural Center of Katerini 1987
Loukakia Patmos 1993
Cultural association of Panorama Thessaloniki 1996
Cultural Tobacco Warehouse Kavala May 1999
Cultural village AKONTISMA N. Karvali 1999
Route 1 Municipal Folklore Museum Kavala 2001
Folklore museum Kallirachis 2002
Also took part in smaller exhibitions at clubs and municipalities. His works are in many monasteries, churches and private collections in Greece and abroad.
SCULPTOR – PAINTER
A sculptor and painter, Costas Lovopoulos was born at Limenaria of Thassos in 1954. He studied in Thassos and Thessaloniki. After serving the army he returns in Limenaria where he stays for only 12 days. He is in the dilemma, to stay at his place and settle down or to listen to his “demon” and sail for the world and other cultures. This dilemma did not last long. His restless spirit and his great love for the sea led him to the decision to embark on a ship and start his adventures.
As an engineer on open sea ships he visit almost all well known port of the world. He is inspired by the sea. He is also inspired by the South East Asia cultures which is depicted on his first work.
The work of his second era (1993 and after) is influenced by the ancient classics. The analogy, the movement, the calmness on shapes and his eager to liberate the body from stability, are the basic elements of his work. “Seizure of Europe”, “The Shield of Ector”, “The Archer Hercules”, “The Aphrodity”, “Dionysos” are some of his creations during this period of his life.
He prefers unsual and harsh material like granite, marble, seamarbles, plane trees where he uses the natural shapes for inspiration. His most beloved material is the olive tree wood and Kedros tree. “Thassian on Kedros tree” and «Annihilation are some of his creations of burned wood. The talented hands of Lovolos made the burned wood to revive, giving them a new entity and spirit.
Costa Lovopoulos has discovered the art of sculpting and painting on his own. He did not study at art schools or be taught by famous sculptors or painters. His work is truly personal and genuine without any academic trails. He tends to find his own forms and way to express. His unsigned work are distinguished by everyone.
The anxiety of the artist is the preservation of his work to eternity, which is why he prefer the unspoiled stone from wood. His work can be found in Thassos, Kavala, Giannitsa, Drama, Thessaloniki, Athens and in Europe mainly in England, Germany and Belgium.
* excerpts from the book by George Avgoustidi , ” Limenaria Costas Lovoulou », University Studio Press, Thessaloniki, 1999.
The family Chrissogelos – potters ( or pot makers TSIKALI ) of the island – carried the art of pottery early last century in Thassos. Konstantinos P. Chrissogelos, a descendant of this family, until today continues the traditional art of pottery, creating decorative and utilitarian objects.
Sifnos was the largest and most important export center for potters. The Sifnians potters, for reasons of livelihood, migrated to various parts of Greece either seasonally or permanently. Regarding the transhumance, a group of two to four potters to form gatherings in order to work in partnership off the island and share profits. The option of settling in a region, depends on two factors. On appropriate soil for the production of refractory clay and sufficient number of population to absorb production.
Ceramics are creations of an emergency, which reflected the experiences, the social reality that surrounds the person, the lifestyle and conditions, habits and personality of the individual, the spiritual level and formatting of the aesthetic orientation, succession cultural and socio – historical phases.
(Sources: www.discoverthassos.com, www.facebook.com/pages/Costis-Pottery-Thasos, www.elinepa.org)