Walls around us signed in Greek and dated '1971' (lower left); signed, titled and dated (on the reverse) oil on canvas 124.5 x 140 cm.
PROVENANCE: A. Panayotopoulos collection, Athens. Private collection, Athens.
LITERATURE: The Greek Painters, vol. 2, 20th Century, Melissa publ., Athens 1975, p. 480, no. 22 (illustrated). M. Tsikouta, Les Influences dans la Peinture Greque après 1945, Illustrations, vol. 2, doctoral dissertation, Universite de Paris - Sorbonne, Paris 1991, no. 246 (illustrated).
Abstract forms, calligraphic motifs coupled with geometric designs and undecipherable shapes in blazing, expressionistic colour create a bold, challenging work of throbbing energy and suggestive symbolism. All pictorial elements, including the title, are deliberately vague, conveying the atmosphere of tension engendered by the colonels' oppressive regime in the early 1970s, while the combination of intense gestural markings with fragmentary references to the real (note that the central rectangle, where all the action takes place, alludes to a television screen) bridges the gap between action painting and pop art, as manifested mainly in the pioneering work of Robert Rauschenberg.