Pacific Palisades Art Association Presents Artist Calliope Caloyera Babu-Khan

PACIFIC PALISADES, California – February 5, 2007 – This exhibit of Greek-born artist Calliope Caloyera Babu-Khan features her large abstract paintings, which showcase her unique use of color, form, and pattern.

A reception honoring the artist will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2007 from 3 PM – 5 PM at the Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, California 90272. Her paintings will be exhibited at the Pacific Palisades Library during gallery hours from February 17 through February 28:

Mondays and Wednesdays 10 AM – 8 PM
Tuesdays and Thursdays Noon – 8 PM
Fridays and Saturdays 10 AM – 6 PM

Her award-winning biographical paintings will also be exhibited. They contain highlights of an individuals’ life achievements and milestones. These colorful biographical paintings are tributes of visual celebrations for the individual and their families.

Yin Yan Watercolor 22 x 16

The exhibit will also include abstract figures presented in collage, pattern, and watercolor. Additionally, gem-like collages of small paintings will be included.

Artist's Statement

My background with Greek, Indian, and other cultures
has allowwed me to develop my sense of color and line, and has influenced by inner expression. I have explored different techniques using oils, acrylics, drawings, printmaking, and collage. A series of themes and compositions of still lifes and of human figures are done using line and color that create positive and negative patterns of intense color and design.

My series of paintings and murals of Greek gods and goddesses depict mythological themes. I have also completed paintings on Indian subjects. My work with the human figure and form is continuous and evolving.

Most recently I have created a series of biographical paintings containing elements in the lives of outstanding individuals. Utilizing the language of art, I speak of those unique personalities that have intrigued me. They have inspired me, and in turn, I have recorded their achievements and life events.

Artist Biography

Caliope Caloyera Babu-Khan is a painter who works in many media, including oils, acrylics, and water colors. She is also involved with printmaking.

Born in Athens, Greece, Babu-Khan attended the Polytechnic School of Fine Arts before leaving with a scholarship to study at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

She subsequently studied at the University of California in Los Angelel and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts. Depply influenced by the cultural background of her own Greece, Babu-Khan had the good fortune to travel, create and exhibit in other parts of the world, thus expanding her transcultural horizons.

Married to Shafi Babu-Khan, a native of India who also studied in the United States of America, she became acquainted with the art of India with its rich colors and alternative artistic styles.

India, with its separate and unique personality and culture, has fascinated the artist and influenced her inner expression. Her basic theme consists of a series of compositions and figures in the contours. Employing positive and negative shapes that often play against each other, she creates patterns of intense color, making statemnts of extraordeinary beauty and grace. Her decisive delicacy of line, observing the details of the human form is indeed an exuberant celebration of life.

Her series of paintings and murals of Greek gods and goddesses depict mythological themes. She has also completed a series on Indian subjects titled "influences of India" and watercolors titled "Notations." Her work with the human figure is continuous and evolving.

In 1980, the artist established the "India Arts Council" at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California. She was its president from 1980 through 1987. She has been vice president of Women Painters West from 1989-1992.

Most recently she has created award winning biographical paintings containing elements in the lives of outstanding individuals. Through her imprint of style and eloquence, she captures the unique personalities of her subjects.

Black Untitled Water Media on Paper 27 ½ x 39

White Untitled Water Media on Paper 22 x 30

Women Painters West 70th Anniversary
Acrylic on Roofing Paper 5 x 30

Peter B. Caloyeras Life and Achievements
Acrylic on Canvas 30 x 5

Yin Yan Collage 12 x 15

Figures Water Media on Paper 22 x 35

White Untitled Water Media on Paper 22 x 30

Black Untitled Water Media on Paper 27 ½ x 39

(Posting date 9February 2007

For more information, contact JeanKahn of Pacific Palisades ArtAssociation at 310-454-3067.

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