By Glyn Hughes, The Cyprus Weekly, April 25 - May 2, 2008
These are serious paintings
with daring imagery and a truly solid inner strength.
As a young man, George
used to visit Apophasis and these works still retain the influence of the
formal powers used by Christoforos Savva via the School of Paris and L’hote.
Not surprisingly then that his
paintings have a warmth, emotion and structure so often lacking with today’s
By Glyn Hughes, The Cyprus Weekly,
Although Mr. Ashiotis has
been painting all of his life, he claims that he isn’t “really an artist.” This is hard to believe when you visit his gallery, because the work doesn’t
seem like it is primitive in any sense. It is abstract work.
He loves bright, strong
colours. Occasionally he experiments with relief elements in his work, never
losing the sense of balance which is very evolved.
He doesn’t claim to have a
particular style but there seems to be a strong element of graphic design in
most of his paintings.
His paintings are abstract
paintings, but they aren’t just an array of colour splashed about on canvas.
All of his paintings have a thought behind them. He is a true artist in the
sense that he uses painting to depict the way his mind understands an event or
phenomenon. His inspiration comes mostly from history and current events.
He is a very
personable man who honestly enjoys being “not really an artist.” It is
enjoyable to listen to him explain his work. He doesn’t usually give his
paintings titles so it is worth having him tell you about the stories behind
By Aileen Stavrinides, The Nicosia Municipality’s Original Tourist Guide,
Bold slashes of vibrant
colours dominate Ashiotis’ work, from a majestic gold to vivid red.
It is only in the last three
years that he has been able to devote more time to his art.
He refuses to be pinned down
to a particular style or theme.
“I don’t paint reality, I
interpret it. I paint whatever I feel, when the mood takes me.”
Sarah Longbottom, Cyprus Times, May 1996
This is one of the most
dynamic debuts for some time. A mature artist with an instinctive use of
colour and form to portray ideas and feelings.
The artist is also something
fairly rare here and that is a successful expressionist and not a mere filler
in of good colour. In other words George Ashiotis is a PAINTER
and not a decorator.
He also manages to place in
his pictures a figurative image which also responds to the abstract areas on
his canvas. The style and content cohese.
The use of colour can be
symbolic as well, but it is mainly the intuitive ability to use paint to
express what he wishes added to the ability to allow each picture to take over
from his pre-conceived ideas – in other words the artist gives each painting
its own life – which makes this such an invigorating exhibition.
By Glyn Hughes, The Cyprus Weekly, May 1996