George Raftopoulos’ work is a comment on the human condition. He addresses notions of hope, determination and self-realization. Raftopoulos work is realized in a
‘personal mythology’ inspired by such artists of the past such as Goya, Rembrandt and Titian. In this body of work, he utilizes silhouettes by the artists of the 16-17th Century and embarks on the ‘modernization into the 21st Century’ by impressing his abstract marks upon these silhouettes.
Raftopoulos references the past. The importance of this is akin to recalling personal memory and re-inventing those memories into a visual language. This engagement with the past finds expression through the abstract mark and is loaded with color. His technique explodes the recognizable or ‘known’ as he deconstructs notions of life, in a pursuit to re write his own personal mythologies and belief systems. His gestural
mark making and complex use of color aid in producing a narrative that speaks to themes of power, freedom, hope and belief. Through the work we journey into both the identifiable and the unknown. He calls to question our existence with both veracity, calmness and a contemplation. He asks that we seek personal meaning from each work.