A powerful and expressive mixed-media drawing and collage on paper titled "Spirit Bird" by Greek-American artist Georg Vihos. Hand signed in pencil on the bottom right with a 1990 date. Titled on the bottom left. Abstracted lines form a semi-circle shape and floating overtop is a 3-dimensional blue bird that appears to burst out of the composition. The mix of abstract expression and collage is quintessential to Vihos's oeuvre. The monumental size makes a statement in a modern or contemporary space. From a private collection. Dimensions: 46.25"w x .75"d x 74.25"h (framed). In very good condition.
Georg Vihos (1937-2013) is a post-Modern artist known for his monumental abstract expressionism style often with collage elements. He began his artistic career with the prestigious U.S. Fulbright–Hays fellowship study in Florence, Italy (1969-1970). Vihos exhibited in countless galleries and museums across the United States and abroad, including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago. The artist was a contemporary with the world-famous modern architect Irving Tobocman. The iconic Tobocman style homes built in the 1970s-1990s were often adorned with a Vihos painting. Vihos artworks placed within timeless modern designed spaces are the perfect synergy. Today, his works can be found in several public institutions and private collections.
Per the artist, "As a post-Modern artist, I am fascinated with the relationship of Time: the past, present, and future. I discover forms and images from different art historical sources and transpose the subjects directly into my work, celebrating an artistic bridge. The collage elements serve me in the tradition of Duchamp's Readymades, arriving at a different level of authenticity in my work. When I pluck human figures from art postcards and set them into a new context of line, shape, and color, I give a new meaning to a new whole. Each college defines its own integrity. I am taking from and giving back to Art the very things I savor. Artists play with personal gifts in themselves. When we create, sometimes a meeting with unnatural circumstances may turn out. In these heightened moments, images appear, develop, and reappear. Usually it feels like a physical energy. The Muse and the Artist fill each other's active imaginations with images. One needs the other like earth needs air. When called upon, this creative spirit energy will always come ready to collaborate in a creation. I sometimes feel another being near me as I work."
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