Cape Naddick, Maine
Peter Agrafiotis has shown in solo and/or group exhibitions at Kouros Gallery, Dillon Gallery, Caelum Gallery, Lillian Heidenberg Gallery and The National Academy of Design in New York, and at Pucker Gallery, Soprafina Gallery and the Tanzer Gallery in Boston, in addition to galleries in other cities. His work is included in over a hundred corporate, private and public collections. Agrafiotis' paintings have been reproduced and/or written about in Newsweek, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Art News, Art New England, American Artist and Greenwich Time. Catalog essays have been written by author and New Yorker Magazine contributor, Ann Beattie, and by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Alison Lurie. Agrafiotis has been nominated four times for awards in painting at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Agrafiotis spent his early years first as a reporter and then publishing the popular magazine, Clue. His satiric short stories in Clue won the praise of many writers of national stature. Agrafiotis sold Clue to become a painter in the late 1980s. Self-taught as an artist, Agrafiotis is also the author of a recent satire on the arts, This Is Not My Bathing Suit, a novel that has garnered the critical praise of well-known writers and twenty-five five-star reviews on Amazon.com. Agrafiotis lives in Cape Neddick, Maine, with his wife, Janice, and their English Shepherd, Sunshine.
I intend a landscape painting to balance on an edge between naturalistic depiction and abstracted painterly expression. I want my paintings to convey the emotion I feel when confronted by the beauty and intensity of nature. However – witnessing my need for balance and wholeness independent of nature – I want my picture plane not to be just a window into nature, but also a pulsing atmosphere of color and light; a surface that can emerge and can alternate ly be looked at or looked into. In working to portray beauty this way I hope to tap both the enigmatic power of abstraction and the boundless power inherent in natural forces.
Peter is represented in the Upper Valley solely by the Woodstock Gallery