"AT THE BACK OF THE GARDEN"
At the back of the garden. 60 X 40 cm.
?They were late leaving tonight. They kept saluting each other with their glasses but the drinks wouldnΆt dampen their worries.
The ship captain at the far corner kept reading his son's letter.
Wrote that he was promoted first class engineer and now will be sailing on bigger vessels.
Only God knows when heΆll be returning home again.
He became melancholic.
"Damn this traveling", he started to sing. His voice cracked.
A sip of wine, a salute to sail through the storm.
There are always worse. The postman's son is still unemployed. He bought him some wine.
They raised their glasses and cheered and looked at each other in the eyes.
Now who's the lucky father?
And they drank their glass in one gulp.
He also treated the young couple on the other table that was entranced with each other.
Another party suddenly quarreled.
Luckily one of them started to play his guitar.
Slowly they started singing forgetting what caused the quarrel.
And bring out another decanter and let's salute each other to dampen our worries.
THE ARTIST OF NOSTALGIA.
Paintings are small openings through which the artist prompts us to see the flame of his creative spirit. This flame of creation drives his hand to paint and the result is the artwork we see. When looking at a painting we begin to understand the artist’s inspiration and to share it with him. The inspiration is God’s gift that only a few have been granted. Achilleas Aivazoglou is one of the lucky ones.
He has a very special way to uncover things marked by time. Wrinkles of yesterday, nostalgia for today. Moments we passed by while rushing towards today. Marks of life beautiful in their simpleness, gentle neighborhoods, bittersweet seasons.
They say that when an artist finishes a painting it no longer belongs to him. It belongs to all of us who can see in it the inspiration of his creation while projecting it further with our own eyes, feelings, thoughts and imaginations.
Paintings are not only a decoration for our homes but also a source of inspiration and a ticket for a trip to another unknown place. Stand in front of a painting by Aivazoglou and admire the colors, the techniques and the shadows, the painter's unique talent. But also observe the theme. Put life into the scene. Smell the wet courtyard, listen to the gossip behind the locked doors. See the details on the smoky glass lamp, touch on the dream of those people living in this era.
Achilleas Aivazoglou, born in Thessalonica in 1948, is one at the most famous young artists of our time. He studied at the School of Fine Arts where he was taught painting by Giannis Moralis and fresco by Constantine Xinopoulos. Recognized artist with 21 private exhibits and over 40 times participated in-group exhibits. He always receives good reviews not only for his technique but also for the colors he uses and his themes. His works, which are in high demand, today decorate the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Mortgage Bank of Greece and many public and private collections.