For more than forty years I have been making art works informed by some aspect of Kythera, a Greek island where my father came from.
I am taken by the timeless, spiritual quality of the landscape, and by a sense of the historic past, evoked by ruins of medieval architecture, and by archaic remains, that give life to the mythology of the region.
The idea of how memory interfaces with material remains kept recurring in my work. A thing in the physical world, that you can see or touch, when associated with a memory, causes an experience that is neither sensual nor cognitive but is felt. My intention is for the viewer to be a participant in the subject of my work and to create their own narrative through a personal response, through associations to what they see.
George Tzannes work is unique: it is crystal realism that transcends simple representation and expands into timeless and spiritual qualities.
Alternating bright colors (in his paintings) with black, grey and sepia shades (in his drawings and monotypes), the unifying element is a poetic delicate light that pervades and imbues all his artworks.
Whether portraying a hundred years old olive tree, a Byzantine stone wall or an ancient Greek amphora, every detail is rendered with the most extraordinary precision. By doing so Tzannes elicits in the viewer a tactile sensation, triggering personal memories that transcend the immediate representation.