Friday 25 February 2011

Theodoros Stamos - part 2

In this second part of a look at the work of key abstract expressionist Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997), the works shown below date from the mid 1960s onwards. Stamos travelled widely during much of his adult life. These trips both contributed to his aesthetic development and also provided fodder for his broad, deep intellectual interest in the world’s belief systems.

Beginning in 1962, he created several long series of paintings; many of these contained sub-series. The Sun-Box series, begun in 1962, explored hard-edged geometries on flat grounds. After 1971, all of his paintings were part of the Infinity Field series. These abstractions are characterized by broad areas of colour delineated by slim lines or shape. Among the Infinity Fields are the Lefkada sub-series, inspired by the Greek island where Stamos spent much of his time from 1970 until his death. I think the influence of the 'colour field' works of his friend Mark Rothko is evident in these works.

He taught at Black Mountain College from 1950 until 1954 and from 1955 to 1975 he taught at the Art Students League of New York and the Cummington School of Fine Arts. Stamos was also a member of the Uptown Group. A year before his death he donated 43 of his works to the National Gallery of Greece. He died in 1999 and is buried in Lefkas, Greece.

 1969 Homage to Milton Avery, Sun-Box III

 1970 Transparent Green Sun-Box

 1971 Untitled, Infinity Field

 1973 Infinity Field, Knossos Series

 1978 Infinity Field (HH/TS/7)

 1978 Infinity Field, Lefkada Series #2

 1978 Infinity Field, Lefkada Series #5

 1979 Untitled II screenprint

 1979 Untitled V screenprint

 1979 Untitled VI screenprint

 1980 Infinty Field, Lefkada Series (purple)

 1982 Infinity Field, Lefkada Series

 1982-83 Infinity Field

 1983 Infinity Field, Lefkada Series

 1983 Infinity Filed, Jerusalem Series

 1985 Infinity Field, Jerusalem Series, 3rd Letter

 1986 Edge of Burning Bush

 1986 Infinity Filed, Torino Series #7

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