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Paintings by Peter D. Gerakaris Studio at The Brooklyn Home Company, Brooklyn - "Orchid Oculus Tondo" - NYC Exhibit

"Orchid Oculus Tondo" - NYC Exhibit - Paintings

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"Orchid Oculus Tondo", 48 inches in diameter, Acrylic on canvas. 2020. *Created for a forthcoming exhibit w/ Salomon Contemporary x The Brooklyn Home Company in NYC.

Inspired by exotic, firsthand encounters with endangered species of flora and fauna on the semi-tropical island of St. Lucia, the artist has sought to channel these vibrant experiences through “Orchid Oculus Tondo”. Meticulously painted details are layered in response to an initial color-wash background generated by a chance process of spills, splatters, and acrylic dyes — an approach evoking a sort of "visual jazz”.

Endangered St. Lucia Parrots (aka the “Amazona Versicolor”) inhabit this whimsical environment, adding intrigue with their fantastical plumage and enigmatic gazes. Meanwhile, specific flowers and botanicals emerge from organic entanglement — forms the artist has observed both in the wild and in his studio where he cultivates tropical plants. The central orchids — many of which face extinction in the Amazon — include the Oncidium “Sharry Baby” and Cattleya, while Heliconias sensuously frame our perspective through this luminous oculus.

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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.