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Paintings by Peter D. Gerakaris Studio seen at Private Residence, Fairfax - "Turtle Icon"

"Turtle Icon"

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"Turtle Icon", 16 in. x 16 in., Gouache & gold leaf on panel. 2018. Private Collection (Fairfax, VA).

This work features the endangered Loggerhead turtle, an array of threatened corals, & other vibrant marine life. The "Icon Series" has been exhibited & collected across the globe from NYC and Johannesburg to Hong Kong.

Set within a luminous context of metaphysical symbolism and Byzantine brushwork, the Icon Series transposes endangered species of exotic plants and creatures as the iconographic characters of our contemporary natural environments.

Inspired by the rich traditions and distinctive styles ranging from the Cretan-Venetian School of icon painting to Italian
Renaissance art, Gerakaris relishes the processes of gold leafing and painting on wooden panel by hand — a sacred process by which the object and picture ultimately frame a view into another dimension.

In addition to meditating on his own Cretan-Greek ancestry, the artist’s genuine fascination with art history, Nature-Culture dynamics, and his love for the natural world form the core of this intimate series.

All artwork ©Peter D. Gerakaris. a.r.r.

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Interdisciplinary artist whose vibrant paintings, public installations, & origami sculptures engage Nature-Culture themes.

American interdisciplinary artist Peter D. Gerakaris was raised a free-range child in New Hampshire, earning a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA from Hunter College where he received the Tony Smith Prize.

Gerakaris’ kaleidoscopic paintings, installations, and origami sculptures engage nature-culture themes and are showcased in various permanent institutional collections including the National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson, WY), NYC Department of Education Public Art for Public Schools (Brooklyn, NY), the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program in Libreville, Gabon (Africa), the Schomburg Center (New York, NY), the Waskowmium (Burlington, VT), the Warwick Hotel (Bahamas), and Citibank, in addition to a spectrum of private collections around the globe such as Beth Rudin DeWoody and the William Lim Living Collection (Hong Kong, China).

Additionally, Gerakaris has created many large-scale public commissions awarded by Cornell Tech, The Surrey Hotel, Bergdorf Goodman, and the Warwick Hotel Paradise Island Permanent Collection (Bahamas). The artist also recently completed a permanent, site-specific public art commission through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program — an immersive, hand-painted installation spanning over 116ft at PS101K (Brooklyn, NY).

Having received distinctions such as the National Academy of Art’s Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship and the Vermont Studio Center’s Clowes Foundation Full-Fellowship, his artwork has been exhibited internationally at the Bronx Museum, Wave Hill, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Google NYC, FX Collaborative, Chinese Contemporary (Beijing), various art fairs such as Scope and the Doors (Seoul), iSolAIR (Cape Verde Islands, West Africa), the National Academy of Fine Arts, and the Mykonos Biennale, while also being featured in publications like Architectural Digest, the Financial Times, and W Magazine.