by George Pastakas
oil and ink on silk
147 x 85 cm
In 2010, the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation commissioned George Pastakas to create a series of works for the Environmental Museum based in Stymphalia Lake.
The artist was inspired by the sixth labor of Hercules and the battle with the Stymphalian Birds. 150 paintings were created, 57 of which are based in the Environmental Museum of Stymphalia, which were the main body of the exhibition and new works were added afterwards.
The Birds sometimes appear calm on the shores of the lake and sometimes tear the air aggressively, creating a feeling of stress and anxiety. In other works they are represented linearly, reminding the representations of birds in ancient vessels of the geometric period, with the color scale usually being limited into two tones while other times they gain volume, and give the impression that they are ready to tear the fragile surface of the paper.
He was born in Florina in 1956 and studied painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London, UK. He has participated in numerous exhibitions around the world and his work can be found in public and private collections.
Reference to his work can be found in the Dictionary of Greek Artists. He works and lives in Athens. He has collaborated with Hellen