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“The Superdot,” an Exhibition by Philip Tsiaras

April 22, 2022

NEW YORK – The Consulate General of Greece in New York welcomed Philip Tsiaras and his new exhibition, ‘The Superdot’ on April 13. Tsiaras’ work touches on all material art forms as he is not only a painter, but also a photographer, ceramicist, bronze, and glass sculpturer.

‘The Dot’ explores the world of an obsessed Pointillist artist combined with a love of Portraiture as exhibited in the artwork. This exhibition ties popular iconography with countless painted multi-colored alignments, adjoining on what Tsiaras calls “the scientific of sensualism, or in archaic terms, a modern Greco-Roman mosaic.”

Opening exhibition of international artist Philip Tsiaras. Photo by Stephanie Makri

Dr. Konstantinos Koutras, Consulate General of Greece in New York, introduced the artist and gave the audience notable background on his career.

“Since 1974, Philip has had more than 80 solo exhibitions. His work is collected worldwide by corporations, museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many others,” Koutras said.

Known as the ‘Greek Warhol’ due to his interest in popular icons, Tsiaras came to realize a new painterly language, adding his own unique touch to the hand-dotted pieces. The nature of these paintings creates a series of Pointillist personas re-examining such classical figures as: Alexander the Great, Maria Callas, Von Karajan, David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe, Onassis, Jackie, Irene Papas, Mao, Mouskouri, and more.

“The Superdot”, an exhibition that pairs popular iconography and painted multi-colored coordinates. Photo by Stephanie Makri

One of Philip’s oldest friends from college, Kenneth Levene, spoke to TNH regarding a piece he owns.

“Philip has a series called, ‘The Circle of Life,’ and I bought a piece from that collection called ‘Salt of the Earth’ which is the only piece he ever did made entirely of salt. He truly is one of a kind in what he does,” Levene told TNH.

Legendary news anchor and broadcaster Ernie Anastos also attended the event as someone who has been in Philip’s life from a very young age. Anastos’ took the audience back in time saying.

The exhibition will run until May 13th, Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Photo by Stephanie Makri.

“When we look at our Greek history, culture, and civilization, back in 400 BC when they had a funeral, they would ask one question: Did this person have passion – did you have something in your life, some sense of purpose, value, something that you were living for that made you feel your sense of purpose,” ending his speech saying that Philip represents exactly that.

Tsiaras gave attendees a small insight to few of his artworks,

“I have put in this particular corner, the dictators, Trump, Putin, Stalin, because I want people to remember that these were bad people of each generation.”

The exhibition will be open to the public until May 13th, Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 2:30 PM. The Consulate of Greece is located on 69 East 79th Street.

A piece featuring “The Joker” by Philip Tsiaras. Photo by Stephanie Makri

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