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The Dynamic Earth
Stamatis Skliris'  Vision of the Past, Present, and Future
of American Natural Treasures 
 


Thunder Springs, North Rim, $600

Niagara Falls 2, $700
Grand Canyon, $700
Arizona Cactus, $700
Sedona Cathedral Rock $1.300
Melody of Waters $600
Hollywood Hill, $700
Malibu 1, $1,000
Malibu 2, $850
Jordan Pond & Bubbles, $800
Fireweed & Arctic Cotton, $800
Buffalo, $1,900
Nighttime in Arizona, $1,900 

 

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Stamatis Skliris Collection

Stamatis Skliris Collection (13)

The Dynamic Earth
Stamatis Skliris’ Vision of the Past, Present, and Future of American Natural Treasures

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nighttime-in-arizona-stamatisNight, with a huge moon and a silent starry sky above the landscape of  rocks, shrubs, and cacti. A raging white horse in a blue dream runs through  the Arizona desert with an upright rider, a mysterious Indian, on its back.  Man has caught the animal, and the animal’s momentum endangers man’s  balance. The silent and peaceful presence of the night and of the desert converse  with the dynamic relationship between man and animal. And all those  depicted are cast with the golden light of the moon.

“Nighttime in Arizona”  
Acrylic on canvas, Phoenix-Neo Psychiko, July 2013
Price: $1,900

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buffalo-stamatisThe Bison has a brute force that even itself does not know. The bison nourished the native peoples of America with its meat and warmed them with its fleece. In these places it is the pillar of life and the powerful aspect of the landscape. It does not move much, but it has been displaced. It has a vibrant and life-giving presence that we cannot ignore; it dominates the American landscape. All of the bison's power is located in its head. The hind legs, torso, and chest give strength and momentum to the head, which is compelling. Here, the bison is pictured with his head drawn to the universe, the stars, clouds, galaxies, and everything that comes along. And here again, as in Malibu and in other places, are planets that circle the central hero of the painting.

 

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Johns Hopkins Inlet. The rendering of the water’s natural shine is not the focus of this painting. Even though the lake’s surface is wrinkled with wavelets, the shapes and colors of the various elements are used to form a rhythm of colors and shapes. The lake is the main subject, with its turquoise color that does not appear horizontally, but as a balloon that lifts off the ground. Before us in the foreground is a slope with flowers that exude the joy of natural beauty. In the background, surrounding the lake, wild reddish mountains stretch the perspective toward the back, and thus offer us an endless view.


jordan-pond-stamatisHere we have a lighting condition known as "contre lumiere." The viewer is set against the light, the distant hills are in shade, and the center of the lake acts as a mirror reflecting the sunlight. This glow gives a strong sense of the fluid and liquid character of the water. A tree with a thin red trunk seems to sway above the lake, and suggests motion above the peaceful and unmoving lake. The lake seems to turn its surface toward the viewer, and we have a bird's eye view, as though we are looking at the lake from above. A sense of quiet peace pervades the scene.

"Jordan Pond and the Bubbles"
Acrylic on canvas, New Jersey, July 2013.
Price: $800

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malibu-2-stamatisThis painting is an impressionistic study of the landscape of the highest points of the Malibu coast. This coast has unique features that the painter should take advantage of, which are particularly impressive during sunset. These are expressed in an impressionistic way, with contrasting strokes of warm and cool colors. In the foreground, the coast takes on an anthropomorphic sense, as the rocks look a bit like a face, whose hair is the grass at the top of the rock, and which looks out to the ocean. It’s a strong person, whose members: hands, feet, etc. are suggested in the other parts of the rocks.

 

malibu-stamatisA (blue) path that descends quickly to the Malibu coast provided the inspiration for this painting that, to the right, has different colored rocks and to the left has another section that goes from yellow to red in a semicircle, which move in an opposite direction from the rocks to the right. This creates a balance along with the large rocks to the right. In the middle, the blue path goes down to the beach.

To the far left is the ocean with a sailboat with large sails. Planets are painted in the sky, along with stars, the sun. We could refer to this painting as an example of “spherism,” which is to say, the elements of the rocks are artistically rendered as spheres that on the one side are given light, and on the other side are shown in shadow.

 

hollywood-hill-stamatisThis was painted from the Hollywood Hills, looking down on Lake Hollywood Reservoir, with the city and its skyscrapers in the distance. It was painted just after the sun had gone down. In the middle of the picture, the lake emits light. In the foreground are trees, houses, and the Hollywood Hills, and in the background, the colors get darker. The skyscrapers appear as a group of people that stand in a desert. The building in the middle appears to have a head, and through these buildings, the human element enters the picture, surrounded by nature that lacks a personal dimension.

Hollywood Hill
Acrylic on canvas 
June 2013, 24” x 30”
Price: $700
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melody-of-waters-stamatisIn this painting we see an abstract approach to the circle of life that water takes. At the bottom there is a lake, from which water evaporates, rises, and creates the clouds that are at the top of the painting. The clouds produce rain, and from the rain, waterfalls are created. So, on the first level, which we can refer to as the scientific level, we have the circle of life that water takes.

 

sedona-cathedral-rock-stamatisThis painting is dominated by two mountainous masses, as well as the orange and red colors of the rocks, which are the most obvious/objective elements of the scene. These come into a dialectic relationship with the earth, which is mauve and bordeaux. To the right is an arrangement of rocks, which are painted surrealistically – they take on a variety of shapes – balls, spheres, and are portrayed in such a way as to give them the sense of not being heavy, and of radiating light. At the same time, each piece of the bordeaux colored sand is painted individually, each one with its own shadow, and strong light, so that the sand radiates light just like the rocks.

  

arizona-cactus-stamatisThe inspiration for this painting came when I visited St. Anthony’s Monastery in Arizona, where I had the opportunity to see many cacti. The painting, however, is done in a completely impressionistic style, with a great deal of movement in the painting. The result is that the branches of the cactus have a good deal of movement, which expresses the possibility of nature to take on a personality of its own. This bestowal of personhood to nature, which is usually nondescript, is a characteristic that we encounter in many great works. In particular, whatever Van Gogh painted that was not human, he would give traits of human personality.

 

grand-canyon-stamatisFaced with the amazing subject of the Grand Canyon to paint, I chose to focus on a small part of it, a limited landscape that appears in the foreground. The largest part of the canyon appears in the distance, and is not included in the space of this painting. A path leads toward the gorge and to the left of the path there is a combination of rocks, among which can be found a small cave. Beyond the foreground is another slope. And in the distance is another rock that is red in color. It is the first study I made, attempting to capture the greatness of the Grand Canyon. Other paintings will follow, that deal with the canyon itself, and that present interesting aspects of this geological phenomenon.

Acrylic on canvas
June 2013, 14” x 18”
Price: $700
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thunder-springs-stamatisIn this painting, which is the first in the series, I painted a small waterfall in the canyon, and I left room to write the name of the location later, because I don’t know the exact name right now. Half of the canvas displays a large rock, which goes from the top to the bottom. On the right is the source from which the water comes. The waterfall gets bigger and falls into a small pond. In the foreground can be found some more rocks. It begins as a naturalistic landscape, but the way in which the rocks are painted has elements reminiscent of the way that Byzantine iconographers painted landscapes. So here we have a marriage between modern naturalistic painting and Byzantine landscape painting.

Acrylic on canvas
14” x 18”, June 2013
Price: $600
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In this painting, Niagara Falls is painted from a different perspective. The falling of the water is painted in a naturalistic way. When the water falls into the lake below, however, there are rocks there that are painted in an anthropomorphic fashion. The main rock has the face of a person looking at the waterfall, and in awe of what he is looking at. This is an enigmatic element that is introduced: the expression of a human face that has been transposed onto nature (which does not have its own face). 

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