Chrysanthos Christou ∙ 1991 ∙ Academician ∙ Professor of Art History, University of Athens

Giorgos Pol. Ioannidis’ Painting

In his paintings, although the influence of a teacher like Vedova is discerned, he does not confine himself only to the achievements of his teachers, but he has moved away from the accomplishments of other creators and leads a clearly personal way in which both graphic and abstract elements are combined: here his ideological background, the dynamic space, as well as the highlighted expressionistic, dramatic depictions play a vital role. In this way the specially emphasized voice of the colour is enhanced further by the descriptive elements which seem to strive to be delivered by what carries them away and to stand for their rights. In fact, while parts of the human figure, hands and legs or other parts, even whole bodies depicted in different scales with great dexterity, struggle to form literally their selves, a clearly tragic dimension of life is imposed by characteristic attempts of Ioannidis. It is essentially a type of painting in the framework of the recent quest of expressionism, which moves further in regard to the various types of distortions, the tension of the colour and the combination of colour and linear values. Although in some cases the pure abstract depiction prevails, in other cases the tune is set by the dynamic character of the space, which carries away even the viewer. Within the framework of the abstract expressionism, and especially the accomplishments of the Cobra group, the painting of Giorgos Pol. Ioannidis acquires new depicting extensions with the insertion of descriptive elements; these elements are given as fragmentary and abstract, and emphasize further the dramatic content of the language of the talented painter.

Chrysanthos Christou ∙ 1991


Professor of Art History, University of Athens