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The elder paints an icon = O gerontas zōgrafizei mia eikona / Peter Lyssiotis, Peter Herel
Ο γέροντας ζωγραφίζει μια εικόνα
Bib ID 6816633
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Lyssiotis, Peter, author
 
Description Melbourne : Uncollected Works Press : Masterthief, 2014 
67 pages : colour illustrations ; 34 x 22 cm. in 36 x 26 x 2.5 cm. solander box. 
Full contents
  • The icon painter
  • The garden
  • An almond tree
  • A pomegranate tree
  • A fig tree
  • Epilogue.
 
Biography/History

The text for this artist's book was written in 2011 at the Monastery of Saint Georgios, at Mavrovouni, Cyprus, a spiritual site with a long history built on the ruins of a Byzantine church, and now located in a valley between a military checkpoint and a working mine which still produces the pigment umber (said to have been insisted upon by Vermeer). The two colour aquatints by Petr Herel are printed in the colour of the Cypriot hills and the dry soil. They map an unfinished and imagined journey across a sacred and ancient place, and in their openness and suggestiveness contrast with the strict and prescriptive artistic tradition followed by the Elder. The book is a witness to what remains in the landscape, but are these the bones of angels or sparrows or ordinary farmers that we stumble across; are these the worn routes crossed by pilgrims, or those followed by birds as they migrate to Europe from North Africa? Which is the actual image and which has been offset? Are these maps or constellations? -Based on the artist's statement.

Notes

Limited edition of 12 copies with one artists' proof copy, signed by both author and artist.

National Library's SR copy is no. 11/12 and is accompanied by a two page artist's statement.

An artist's book. The typesetting is by Phil Day in Bodoni. The text is offset printed on Magnani Incisione, 190 gsm at Redwood Prints. The two colour aquatints by Petr Herel were printed both recto and verso by the artist, Greg Harrison, Phil Day and Peter Lyssiotis at the Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne. The unbound sheets of the book, loosely enclosed in an embossed folder, are housed in a solander box made by Whites Law Bindery, Caulfield South, Melbourne.

"Translation into Greek: Eleni Nikkas and Andreas Psillides. Typgraphy: Phil Day"--Page 63.

Title and text in English and Greek.

Subjects Etching -- Australia -- 21st century -- Specimens.  |  Artists' books -- Australia.  |  Cyprus -- Poetry.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Herel, Petr, 1943- artist  |  Nikkas, Eleni, translator  |  Psillides, Andreas, translator  |  Day, Phil, 1973- typographer  |  Harrison, Greg, 1974- printer  |  Uncollected Works Press, issuing body  |  Masterthief, issuing body  |  Australian Print Workshop, printer
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O gerontas zōgrafizei mia eikona

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