Byrne Gallery Presents Gold Works

October 15, 2009

The Byrne Gallery is pleased to present GOLD WORKS, paintings and drawings by Thomas Xenakis, for the month of October 2009. This luminous exhibition of mixed media paintings and drawings on gold leaf panels highlights a very unique vision by this gifted Washington D.C. based artist. We are excited to exhibit Xenakis at our gallery for the first time. These three dimensional panels glow with light, color, and movement. Xenakis’ abstracted contemporary works titled: XPYSO Series (meaning GOLD in Greek) are paintings in progress since 2003. His powerfully engaging works on gold are steeped in patterns and textures in oils with carved, stamped, and drilled surfaces. Three dimensional surfaces exist in and above the panel expanding the visual dialogue. Thomas Xenakis’ art is rooted in the spiritual depth of the Byzantine iconographic image. For instance, contemporary panels are prepared similarly to the icon image but depart from the traditional imagery with bold and brilliant intuitive marks by brush, chisel, drill, and /or punch. Myriads of marks migrate throughout these works and visually move around, and beyond, the boundaries of the panels. Light dances and reflects off his panels as the gold grabs the light and shimmers around the works in dazzling ways. Dimensional qualities add mystery and spirit to these unique creations. They communicate heaven and earth, divinity and humanity, chaos and cosmos, and the finite and the infinite. The historical legacy of pure gold’s beauty and richness shines brightly as modern works. As a two time Fulbright artist/scholar to Greece, Xenakis has dedicated 20 plus years immersed in the contemporary applications of Medieval Byzantine techniques and media. Xenakis is proud to have trained with Philip Pearlstein at Brooklyn College, Ranice W. Crosby at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Grace Hartigan at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. These invaluable experiences with famous artists have helped empower this prolific mid career artist, and his body of work. Xenakis’ consistent dedication to his craft continues with momentum as exemplified by his committed following in the DC Metro area, as well as throughout the U.S. and Europe. Additionally, Xenakis’ zeal to communicate his vision continues with academic tenures at Georgetown University, The Corcoran School of Art and Design, and Marymount University.  He shares an expertise in drawing, painting, and design with many students in the DC area. Please join us for a reception for the artist on Saturday, October 3rd from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  The show opens on October 3 and continues through November 1, 2009. The Byrne Gallery is located at 7 West Washington Street in Middleburg, Virginia. Gallery hours are Monday and Tuesday by appointment only, Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at (540) 687-6986 and additionally see www.byrnegallery.com.