Norbert Lynton Stass Paraskos

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Stass Paraskos is an artist who has been a major influence on generations of art students. From the 1960s to the 1980s he taught at some of the most innovative art schools in Britain, including Leeds College of Art, De Montfort University and the University for Creative Arts. In the 1990s he developed the Cyprus College of Art into a creative meeting point for artists and art students from around the world, turning it into what the art historian Ben Read has called Europe's answer to Black Mountain College in the United States. Yet Paraskos was not born into the art world. His family were poor peasant farmers in Cyprus. When he came to England in the 1950s it was to work as a cook in one of the new Greek restaurants becoming popular at the time. In this book Norbert Lynton tells the story of Paraskos's development as an artist and appraises his work. As well as becoming a significant teacher in Britain, Paraskos remains the only Cypriot artist to have work in London's Tate Gallery, and his lyrical style of painting has been exhibited around the world. Lynton also tells the story of the notorious Paraskos Trial which turned Paraskos into an international celebrity. In 1966, Paraskos was prosecuted for obscenity by the British police for an exhibition of his work held in Leeds. Along with Lynton, other luminaries from the art world spoke in favour of Paraskos, including Herbert Read and Quentin Bell. Even the Government Minister Roy Jenkins, then Home Secretary, spoke out against the prosecution. But despite this the case was lost and Paraskos became famous as the last artist in Britain to be successfully prosecuted for obscenity under the Vagrancy Act of 1832.

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Norbert Lynton presents a critical appraisal of the artist Stass Paraskos. Once described by The Guardian newspaper as 'a peasant painter', Paraskos has often produced images that seem to tell of village life in his homeland of Cyprus. Painted in rich colours, and using a simplified figurative style, many of his scenes might have almost fallen from the pages of Kazantakis. Yet, as Lynton shows, Paraskos is also a sophisticated artist, educated in the West, but rooted in the East, who has successfully fused the visual traditions of Western Modernism with those of Byzantine Orthodoxy. From this, Paraskos has developed his own artistic language to take on a diverse range of themes, ranging from the political violence and violations of human rights that have marked his countrys history, to religious experience and the often comic follies of modern mass tourism.

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