Christos Calivas Art Exhibition at Merrimack College

The McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College will hold an exhibition of works by Greek artist Christos Calivas from March to April 2010. The exhibition, “Greece: A Journey Home," include a variety of artistic media by Calivas: paintings, drawings and video.

Calivas is known primarily as a painter of reductive landscapes, involving the invention of color and the interplay between abstract space and more realistic, illusionistic space. His paintings reflect a creative tension between the abstract elements in his work and Calivas’ intense response to the landscapes which he sees before him.

In this exhibit, “Greece: A Journey Home”, Calivas turns his artistic lens towards his family village in Greece, and has created work which is visually beautiful and engaging, as well as deeply personal and meaningful.

“Poulithra: Kafenion Kekes” 22” x 24” oil on canvas

For much of the winter of 2009, Calivas lived in his ancestral village in Greece, in the house where his father was born and much of his family still lives. In this most recent body of work, Calivas draws on his experience of returning to his family’s village, Poulithra, a time which was absorbing at a deeply personal level as well as a richly stimulating to him as a visual artist. The paintings, drawings and video shown in this exhibit reflect the richness of Calivas’ experience and the beauty of the village, its people, and the surrounding landscape. The exhibit reflects not only the tremendous allure of Greece, but also the deep emotional connection Calivas made with his family’s homeland. However, Calivas notes that this exhibit is more than simply his personal journey: “It is a statement about the importance and meaning of one’s return to more distant family roots; a journey which may involve different lands and cultures; and the connection made, perhaps even after generations, with something that is still essentially a part of oneself”.

The exhibition runs from March 15th through April 16th 2010. There will be an Artist Reception on Sunday, March 21st from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. which is free and open to the public. General gallery hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“Thea’s Shoes and Cane” 22” x 24” oil on canvas

“Hydra: The Boatyard” 22” x 24” oil on canvas

“Leonidion: The Olive Tree” 7” x 10” Ink drawing

“Nafplion” 7” x 10” Ink drawing


McCoy Gallery, Rodgers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts

ARTISTS RECEPTION: MARCH 21st, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

GALLERY HOURS: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Mon - Fri

(Posting date 07 February 2010)

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