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The Rider the Steed the Dragon

The Saint George Icons of Peris Ieremiadis

Peris Ieremiadis (1939–2007) was born in Athens and studied painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He lived and worked in Paris for several years, returning to Greece in 1972, and thereafter was based mainly in Athens where his work was regularly exhibited in various galleries. His renowned series of works on Saint George, which is the subject of this study, were hailed as important cultural events.

Lambros Kamperidis’s study of Peris Ieremiadis is a work of therapy for our times. Not our modern introspection, but therapeia, the attending to and healing of wounds that sever the relationships between ourselves and others. This therapy is bodily, visceral, full of colour and of darkness. The death of his friend who spent his last creative energies painting variations of dragon-slaying Saint George on his regal horse triggers in Kamperidis an exuberant litany of associations, a delicate interlace linking pagan and Christian, Germanic and Greek, spiritual heroes and evil monsters. Kamperidis makes us all part of the interlace, for it is precisely through awareness of our interconnected nature that the therapy can begin to work. Through the impatient and spell-binding movements of his imagination, Kamperidis shows the reader how to reconnect the pieces in a fragmented world.

Elizabeth Key Fowden

Code: 12227
ISBN: 9789607120380
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 52
Publication Date: 2016
Publisher: Denise Harvey
Published In: Greece
Translator: John Raffan
Language: English