Panayiotis Kalorkoti

Picture This: The Imperial War Museum Published by Imperial War Museum, London, 1990
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: Events Published by 12 Star Gallery, London, 2007
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: Fathers of Modern Art 1988
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: National Garden Festival Commission, 1990 Published by Portcullis Press, 1990
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: An Exhibition of Acrylics, Watercolours & Etchings Published by Design Works, 1997
Kalorkoti, Panayiotis: A Retrospective of Etchings and Screen 1978-89 Published by Imperial War Museum, 1990
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: A Retrospective View 1985-91 Published by Design Works, 1992
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: Etchings and drawings Published by Cleveland County Council, 1992
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: Heads, Faces and Figures Published by Tyne and Wear Museums, 1998
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: Acrylics, Watercolours and Etchings Published by Noth Tyneside Arts, 2000
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: Moving Figures Published by Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery, Bangor, 2002
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: In a Movement Published by BIC, Sunderland (North East Business & Innovation Centre), 2007
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: In Motion Published by The Biscuit Factory, 2005
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: Flowers in Watercolour Published by Gallery K, London, 2001
Panayiotis Kaloroti: Reflections of Grizedale (Acrylics, Watercolours, Etchings) Published by The Grizedale Society, 1995
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: Retrospective (Etchings 1983-93) Published by Gallery K, London, 1994
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: Kalorkoti Published by Hatton Gallery, 1988
Panayiotis Kalorkoti: Four Nations Capitals Published by Northern Print, 2014
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  • Panayiotis Kalorkoti: Etchings and drawings

  • Author: Frank Van den Broeck, Jane Warrilow
  • Page(s): 72
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Description: Paperback
  • ISBN: 0 904784 21 5
  • Language: English and Dutch
  • Publisher: Cleveland County Council
  • Related Galleries: Cleveland Gallery, Middlesbrough and tour: : Steendrukkerij Amsterdam B.V.
  • Related Nationality: British; Greek Cypriot
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Kalorkoti: the same side of the coin


His colours are not what you would describe as English, fortunately. This advantage can be put down to his Cypriot origin. His colours are intense, not primary but intense.


This quality of intensity applies to his work as a whole. Each etching has a direct and powerful effect, and gives the impression that it is about to reveal meanings and intentions. But on continued inspection we realize that what holds our gaze is pure illusion. Still, many of the images raise a smile of amusement: I experience pleasure in every etching he makes.


Every artist is, of course, an expressionist in a certain sense. The artist makes his work, in all seriousness, when the need is there. Whether or not pleasure is involved generally remains undiscussed. But Kalorkoti makes etchings in which pleasure is not just something incidental: rather, it is present like a basement under the whole picture surface.


Events materialize beyond the bounds of the image. The figure of a woman clad in underwear descends a staircase, her head invisible beyond the edge of the picture. Portraits seem at first to look us in the eye, whereas in reality their gaze is directed above or alongside us.


They are images which make us into observers of matters which catch our interest in a way which is purportedly unintended and unnoticed. In the meantime, we are taken into their confidence. The granted intimacy makes us into a chosen elite and as a result our interest becomes even more acute. Yet in the end we are told nothing. We see a dispassionate tension, total in its seriousness and smouldering with irony.


The work of 1991 and 1992 condenses that of previous years. The works give the impression of being larger. The imagery is more monumental. There is a greater sensibility and thus also greater intensity.


Even more than was the case until recently, his blend of actions, vision and underlying assumptions generates work which displays a considerable exactness of image and technique while at the same time giving an impression of having arisen casually in an unconcentrated moment. The image behaves itself in a self-evident way, apparently effortless in its complexity.


Although Kalorkoti has produced delightful drawings, he does not accord them the same importance as his printed graphics. His drawings are all portraits and were made on location, outside the studio. The drawings are registrations of whatever, or whoever, he encounters outside the studio, during journeys or in periods when he is not working on his etchings. The drawings show something of the same calm and remorselessness as those of Holbein or Ingres. By studying his oeuvre we can recognize the importance of the drawing work in his etchings.


Melted and congealed copies of figures and portraits, imagined ethnographic signs reminiscent of masks and fantasized graffiti, are torn from their recognizable context and float in image spaces and planes.


This is the inducement of pleasure. It is the seriousness which instructs us to look again. It is the mind floating above itself, parodying itself.



Frank Van den Broeck
Amsterdam, 1 August 1992



KALORKOTI: dezelfde kant van de medaille


Zijn kleurgebruik kun je niet zuiver Engels noemen, gelukkig; dat is het voordeel dat hij van Cyprus afkomstig is. Zijn kleuren zijn helder, afgemengd maar helder.


Helder is het werk in zijn geheel te noemen. Elke ets heft een directe en sterke werking en geeft de indruk betekenissen en bedoelingen prijs te geven, maar blijven kijken leer tons dat het enkel illusies zijn die ons in hun greep houden. Toch wekken veel beelden de lach op: ik geniet bij elke ets van zijn hand.


Iedere kunstenaar is in zekere zin natuurlijk expressionist. In alle ernst produceert hij al ser een noodzaak is, maar of er misschien ook genot mee gemoeid is, komt meestal niet ter sprake. Kalorkoti levert etsen waar het genot niet zonder noodzaak is, en als een kelder onder het gehele oppervlak van het beeld aanwezig is.


Handelingen grijpen plaats buiten het beeld: een vrouwen-gestalte in ondergoed een trap afdalend, waarbij haar hoofd buiten de beelduitsnijding blijft; portretten die ons een blik lijken toe te werpen, maar in werkelijkheid vlak over ons heen of vlak naast ons kijken.


Het zijn beelden die ons tot toeschouwer maken van zaken die zogenaamd onbedoeld en ongemerkt onze belangstelling wekken. Ondertussen zijn wij in vertrouwen genomen. Het geschonken vertrouwen maakt ons uitverkorenen waardoor onze belangstelling nog intenser wordt. Vervolgens wordt ons niets meegedeeld. We zien een doodkalme spanning, vol van ernst, smeulend van ironie.
In 1991 en 1992 zijn de werken uit de voorgaande jaren gecondenseerd; de werken zijn groter van aanpak, monumentaler in hun beeld; de sensibiliteit is toegenomen en daarmee de intensiteit.


Meer nog dan tot voor kort het geval was, zijn handeling, visie en uitgangspositie in hun samensmelting leverancier van werken die een grote exactheid in beeld en werkwijze tonen, terwijl ze tegelijkertijd de indruk wekken in momenten van achteloosheid te ontstaan. Het beeld voegt zich op een vanzelfsprekende manier, schijnbaar moeiteloos in zijn complexiteit.


Hoewel er prachtige tekeningen van zijn hand zijn, kent hij er niet het gewicht aan toe van zijn grafische werk. Alle tekeningen zijn portretten en ontstaan op lokatie, buiten het atelier. De tekeningen zijn registraties van wat, respectievelijk wie, zich aandient buiten het atelier, op reis of in periodes dat er geen etsen in behandeling zijn. De tekeningen tonen iets van de rust en de meedogenloosheid van de tekeningen van Holbein of Ingres. Wie zich in zijn oeuvre verdiept ziet het belang van de tekening in de etsen terug.


Gesmolten en gestolde kopieën van gestalten en portretten, verzonnen etnografica maskers, gefantaseerde schuttingtekeningen, losgetrokken uit hun vertrouwde context, zwevend in beeldende ruimten en vlakken.


Dit is het uitlokken van het genot. Het is de ernst die ons wijst: kijk nogmaals. Het is de geest boven zichzelf, zichzelf parodiërend.



Frank Van den Broeck
Amsterdam, 1 augustus 1992






This collection of work is the culmination of a residency in 1992 [1-55]. Panayiotis Kalorkoti was commissioned by Cleveland County Council to portray and interpret the services provided for the people of Cleveland, by the County.


The initial idea for the residency developed from discussions between several groups within the Council: Libraries & Leisure, Cleveland Gallery, Public Relations Department and from Cleveland Arts. There was strong support which would go beyond simply documenting what takes place within the County, calling on the skill of the artist to observe and interpret.


Kalorkoti’s experience of residencies, and his particular style of working, made him well-equipped to undertake such a project. In earlier writing about the artist’s work, critics have made reference to the element of construction within his work, of Kalorkoti’s ability to combine information and commentary with effect.


The logistics of the initial work are impressive: Kalorkoti travelled extensively throughout the County. He attended a wide range of activities and situations in more than forty sections and departments of the council. The resultant work developed into the rich body of drawings and etchings.


The residency aims to make an important point, that services are about people – Kalorkoti’s ‘images of Cleveland’ are concerned with the individuals involved in all aspects of the County’s work – in Education, Social Services, Libraries and Leisure and in the Fire and Police Services.


The drawings display a deceptive simplicity of structure. One of the strengths of Kalorkoti’s work is that the image often goes no further than to portray the individual. Further information about environment and activity might be given by the figure’s dress or uniform. In many drawings, we are confronted only by the face of the individual and yet, the personality has been captured. In four drawings [41-44], the artist introduces us to faces which seem familiar.


Kalorkoti has organised the information which he wishes to convey and is sufficiently confident in his technique to do so through the most straightforward of means. He is an accomplished communicator, using visual language in a way which means information is often implied rather than stated.


We can explore this approach in the eight etchings, where Kalorkoti’s method of placing one image against the text, creates a multi-framed composition. In a work entitled ‘People’, the individual is juxtaposed against a map of Cleveland, thus placing the figure within the geographical location of the County. A second work, ‘Landscape’, brings several people engaged in various activities to the foreground of the work. A series of ‘gridlines’ connect the individuals with the buildings which form the horizon of the image.


Kalorkoti’s work is rich in information, but he decides how much to offer, so that as viewers we are not the passive recipients of this information, rather, we become involved in the process of interpretation.


Since the completion of the Cleveland residency, Kalorkoti has been concerned with the development of ideas and images from earlier work. The recent work, made in the artist’s studio, forms the second part of the publication (56-92).



Jane Warrilow
Exhibitions Officer, Cleveland Gallery