Apostolos Koustas returns to the Hellenic American Union Galleries 20 years after his first solo exhibition here
Hellenic American Union presents “Embracement”, a solo exhibition of works by Apostolos Koustas, an engraver and painter of international standing. The exhibition features a collection of engravings, paintings, portable frescos, sculptures and drawings—hallmarks of work he has done over the last 20 years.
The Messolonghi-born artist has achieved worldwide recognition in his 35-year career, with solo exhibitions abroad and a prize-winning entry at the 1991 Triennale in Osaka.
Like a true craftsman, Koutsas works on surfaces he makes himself, such as the hydraulic plasters he creates, and uses his hands at each stage in realizing the work. The material, together with the paper and coloring agents he uses, offers a broad range of different expressive possibilities, but each is inextricably tied to the artist’s inspiration: novel proportions that seem at times to reach for monumental effect, an austere, hieratic line, and a rich, dense chromatic texture.