George Sfougaras United Kingdom
George Sfougaras is a Greek painter, printer and researcher working in the UK. He has taught art, developed curriculum materials and was a Headteacher. His award-winning lost histories and personal maps have resulted in a number of published works, most recently on the Jewish and Arab communities of Crete. He is the coordinator of the international Focus on Identity Collective.
Cultural Geography and History are significant sources of inspiration as well as broader global events at the intersection of politics, gender, and religion. I am interested in the way that information is selectively kept and handed down and in creating visual narratives or 'personal maps' through art. My current work explores lost histories with the outcomes expressed at various times as paintings, prints or books.
I tend to work in themes. In the 'Talisman Trilogy,' I explore how time and cultural beliefs interact and evolve, sometimes resulting in harmony and other times conflict. In the series 'Songs from my Father', I allude to the state of the world, incongruously juxtaposing beautiful lyrics and innocuous images with mass migration and human conflict.
Some of my subjects are people and places that I have known or that speak to me on a spiritual level. My portraits are sometimes painted on heirloom fabrics.
Tales From The Castle Of The Moat: The Forgotten Conquerors A Personal Reappraisal of the Cretan Emirate 827–961 through Art and Prose
05/03/2019 to 07/03/2019
Written by: George Sfougaras
‘The Forgotten Conquerors’ refers to a period in Crete’s history which is neglected in favour of the more acceptable Greek and Venetian eras. A few coins, a remarkable 11th century Byzantine codex and the writings of some enlightened historians have ensured that we can critically reflect on a significant...[Read more]
|Mehri Publication, London, London, Leicester||Details|
Residency in Crete
15/03/2019 to 22/03/2019
Following the publication of my book and suite of prints entitled 'Tales from an Old Fort Town' (A personal reappraisal of the Jewish history of Crete) by Etz Hayyim Synagogue in October 2018, Today, draft copies of my maps of Chania are winging its way to Crete in preparation for my visit/residency, at Etz Hayyim Synagogue in Chania, in...[Read more]
|Etz Hayyim Synagogue Under the Aegis of the Central Board of Jewish Communities of Greece (KISE) Ch, Chania, Crete, Greece||Details|