070. GAITIS Yannis (1923-1984)

070. GAITIS Yannis (1923-1984)

‘Beast’ c1960s

Signed oil on plywood 83×67 cm

€ 3.500 – 5.000

Abstract features, sustained sketching and sharp lines combine to create a particularly tender painting by Gaitis, from his 1960s’ “Beasts” series, which handles a shape that occupied him in many variations, where he sought morphic values so he could capture his own truth. The act of sketching, of making spontaneous gestures and raw quick strokes is the material that assembles this version of the “beast”. He integrates form into the realm of a magical childhood world filled with rhythm and games; there, it loses its common elements, becoming simpler in order to only retain the essentials of the painting, which it renegotiates from scratch. Its dynamic rhythmology and elevated palette combines with a childlike narrative, an ironic naivety and an undermining gaucherie, attributing a force that enhances the hybridized, half-human-half-animal creature, elevating its penetrative nature in our critical thinking.

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