“Greek Summer” by Charles Howard at the “Melina” Cultural Center of the Municipality of Athens

His personal exhibition Charles howard, with title “Greek summer”, present o Culture, Sports and Youth Organization of the Municipality of Athens(OPANDA) from December 4, 2021 to January 23, 2022 to “Melina” Cultural Center of the Municipality of Athens.

There are no shadows in Charles Howard’s painting, the light has emerged victorious. If we consider that “beauty is a fight, the victory of light over shadow”, as Jacques Lacarrière observes in the Erotic Dictionary of Greece, Howard’s paintings attribute this fight, therefore the essence. beauty, in the most eloquent way.

In his painting, Howard deifies the woman – to be precise, the woman in the Greek landscape. Its theme includes female figures, usually nude or half-naked, with the sea and the bare mountains that make up the Greek summer.

These are portraits of women set in a simple landscape, which sometimes adorn a few islands, a reminder that these women, mostly anonymous, experience moments of recklessness and remorse. In these portraits, Howard emphasizes the features of the female face (cat eyes, brightly painted lips) by treating it like an exotic landscape. The mortal and Aphrodite are the main protagonists of his painting. The first refers us to the famous rebetiko Mortissa hasiklou (1933) by Markos Vamvakaris and the second to the “pure figure of Desire”, which is “the living proof that the human body is the cradle of life and the casket of the flesh. . », He writes in his Lacarrière dictionary.

The portraits that make up the Greek summer are framed by works inspired by the East and more specifically by Islamic art. Some of them, like The Gift (2003), are more narrative. But most – especially those belonging to the last decade – are abstract and, judging by the titles, appear to be depictions of places and countries (Misir refers to Egypt, Yazd to the Iranian city of the same name , Saray to a Turkish Palace). Howard experiments here with bright colors and their illusory character, recalling the works of Op Art painters, but also the theory of Johannes Itten and Josef Albers on the interaction of colors. These small, square-shaped works do not look like ceramic tiles by chance: they are, in a way, the mosaic of a passionate painting based on personal experiences and memories of places.

Howard’s paintings remind us of Jacques de Loustal, the eroticism of his images, their gentle carelessness. Indeed, Howard could very well be a painter with a painting style that also has remarkable painting on display. And vice versa, it could be a painter who was heavily influenced by comics or a painter who influenced comedians. In any case, if there is one thing to take away from Howard’s painting (a painting where the figures and the landscape are in harmony with each other), it is love: love for the Greece, love for specific people, places and cities, like the enchanting Istanbul in which he lived for a long time, finally the love of life.

Looking at his paintings, one gets the impression that the creator of these images lived a rich and happy life. Charles Howard “left” last September full of experiences, leaving behind a work that pulsates with vitality and evokes positive emotions. With this exhibition, Greece returns its love to him.

Expository Comissioner : Christoforos Marinos, art historian, curator of art exhibitions and OPANDA activities

Pictures: Menelaus Myrillas © OPANDA

In the exhibition space, all the measures necessary to respect the sanitary rules, but also the operating rules of the spaces will be observed, according to the instructions of EODY and the National Committee for the Protection of Public Health.

The entry, according to the health protocols in force, is authorized to those who have:

  • vaccinated
  • get sick (up to 6 months after diagnosis) and
  • in minors, from 4 to 17 years old, with demonstration of a negative self-test (self-test)

The use of a medical mask is compulsory during the public’s stay in the exhibition space.

The start of the exhibition Will take place Saturday, December 4, 2021

Exposure time: December 4, 2021 – January 23, 2022

Business hours: Tuesday-Friday: 11 am-7pm, Saturday-Sunday 10 am-3pm, Monday closed

Entrance to the public is free.

“Melina” Cultural Center of the Municipality of Athens: Iraklidon 66 and Thessaloniki – Thiseio, Information: 210 3452150, Metro station: Kerameikos | www.opanda.gr

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