a) Apollo #1
titled and inscribed 'Hios 69'on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
153 x 127.5 cm.
b) Labyrinth #2
titled and inscribed 'Hios 68' on the reverse
arcylic on canvas
153 x 127 cm. (2)
Literature: A Letter to the world Theo Hios - 52 years of Painting, Essay by Lawrence Campbell, USA 1987, p. 88, no 73 and p. 90, no 75 (illustrated)
Apollo #1 is dedicated 'To my darling wife Cathy with love Theo Hios Nov. 1971' on the stretcher on the reverse.
Literature (Apollo# 1): L. Campbell, Theo Hios - 52 Years of Painting, 1987, no. 76, p. 91 (illustrated)
A distinguished Greek-American painter with a consistent showing in reputable US art institutions, including the Parrish Museum and Carnegie Institute, Theo Hios aspired to a transcendental art of archetypal cosmic symbols. In the late 1960s he produced powerful works of pure geometric abstraction with centrifugal rings and elliptical shapes in bright colours orbiting around the centre or screwing out to the edge of the canvas.1 Inspired by ancient Greek mythology, Labyrinth # 2 and Apollo # 1 create a sense of perpetual movement, alluding to a glorious past constantly reborn in the present. Apollo from 1969 also refers to the spaceflight probes and lunar orbiting and landing missions, which at the time were capturing the hearts and minds of the entire world.
1. See L. Campbell, Theo Hios - 52 Years of Painting, 1987.