Giulio GUARDI ∙ 2013 ∙ Art historian ∙ Rome

Amputated consciousness and fragments of life

Giorgio Pol. Ioannidis’ art is a skilful combination of pictorial and abstract painting, which is characterized by an expressionistic emphasis and colour intensity. It embraces the whole of history of art, having as a result a peculiar eclecticism, with surrealistic, symbolic and allegoric elements. He places man in the epicentre and gives priority to the feeling, visions and imagination. He studies in depth the great chapters of the life and death, the soul and the outer world, the agony and hope.

His painting, primary influenced by the great artists of Renaissance and Rembrandt, collides directly with the abstraction that is dominant and is considered to be widely accepted in the field of modern art. He is greatly disappointed by the direction which art has taken in his age and feels inclined to follow in his creations the quality demonstrated by the old masters, a fact that isolates him from the contemporary trends. He leads a solitary way and paints constantly, contrary to his time, abandoning decidedly the protection offered by the establishment of art. His paintings are sealed with a unique artistic and dramatic hallmark, which bears the tradition of Renaissance.

The human figures in his art, which have an explicit allegorical purpose, are mostly presented nude; however, whenever they are dressed, then this is done in such a way that it recalls previous periods and different places.

He dances between Marx’s view, which is orientated towards the social values, and a more profound sensibility which stems from the spiritual affinity that he feels to bind him with the infinite truth of Dostoyevsky’s heroes and those of the great Greek and Russian poets.

Digging in darkness, his extremely strong drawing supports his dramatic themes, bringing to light the fragments of life and the amputated human consciousness. 

Crosses which are immersed in the recent blood of innocent heroes are the testimonials of the injustice and the instinct of destruction that dominate the global human society.

Giorgio Pol. Ioannidis, both as a human and as an artist never retires to the kingdom of silence…

Giulio GUARDI

Art historian, Rome, 2013