Yatridès 1959

Of Franco-American nationality, Georges YATRIDES has born in France in 1931. He was born of Greek parents who emigrated in 1917, after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and who had an Christian Orthodox Archimandrite for a great grandfather and a Graeco-American father, a native of the United States studying in France, himself the son of an Christian Orthodox Deacon carrying out his christian pastorate in Rock Springs in Wyoming, USA.

Life and his craft drove him to expatriate himself to, in particular, Switzerland, Greece, Africa, Mexico, the United States and several times to Great Britain..

In 1954, still under the influence of GAUGUIN and the Fauvists, he exhibits paintings, dating from 1945 to 1949, in Vichy, then in 1956 in Paris, at Madame Chastenet de Gery's Gallerie des Voyelles, since disappeared. There, he is noticed by an expert, attached to the International Galleries in Chicago and accepts a contract for exclusive world rights proposed by its director Samuel E. JOHNSON. All his production makes its way into the largest Private Collections in the United States and Canada. He figures in numerous Retrospectives and Art School's artistic events. Let us remember the one in 1958 :Drawings and Watercolours of the French School 1900-1959, works of artists who had, for the most part, participated in the prestigious Exhibition : From Clouet to Matisse - French drawings in American Private Collections - An Exhibition organized at the Musée de l'Orangerie by the American Embassy in Paris - the one in 1959 in Chicago : Contemporary French Masters, bringing together 18 painters including Braque, Villon, Chagall and Picasso - the one in 1960: Masters of Modern Art 1910-1960 (Special Mention in Cubist, Post-Impressionist, Expressionist and Surrealist Schools) - the one in 1965: Specialists in XXth Century Masters (Special Mention in Collector's choice 1965).

From 1957 to 1965, in accordance with the same contracts of exclusive rights, personal exhibitions are mounted in the USA, Canada, Latin America, Switzerland, Great Britain and Greece, where all his works are acquired by important Private Collections. A permanent exhibition of his paintings is mounted in the United States, tacitly extending these contracts until such time as Yatridès on his own initiative puts an end to them.

Yatridès 1962

Freed from all exterior constraint, master of his graphics, his light and his chromatic, Yatridès is thus enabled to undertake the large compositions that will characterize his art of the seventies, and in which will be blended the scattered elements of his earlier work. Retrospective exhibitions follow throughout the world, among which, the one in Paris in 1974. In 1981, three crypts in the Sacré-Coeur in Paris are made available for YATRIDES to expose paintings of biblical inspiration.

His paintings and drawings arouse the enthusiasm of important international collectors, justifying the prevailing prices paid amongst them. His work makes complete artistic events such as the XIth and XIIIth Salons in Montmorency, in 1981 and 1983, the XXXIIIrd Salon in Montargis, in 1988, the French and Canadian International Biennials in 1987, 1989 and 1991, those in 1988 in Quebec, bringing together 170 of the finest artists from 30 different countries, and in 1993, artistic events in which Yatridès participates as the Special Guest of Honour (Grand Invité d'Honneur).

Numerous publications and catalogues are dedicated to him. In 1983, Jacques CHARPENTIER composes his Prelude for the Elsewhere in Rio de Janeiro, in homage to the New Scrolls, the painting that Yatridès had given for the Polish Children's Christmas, and whose sale at auction had made possible the sending of a convoy of medicines and medical equipment.

In 1992, the work of Arthur Conte is published, "Yatridès, Master of Time", and in 1994, that of Alexandre (Sacha) Bourmeyster, "Yatridès and His Century, the Anti-Picasso". Followed by: in 1960, "YATRIDES '  Interstellar Icons" in KUBRICK 'S  film of 1968, "2001: Space Odyssey", as well as "Yatridès and The Bible", Editor's Choice - to be published.

Yatridès 1983

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Extracts from following documents and works
Official French Authorities : Government administrative Yatrides' biography" 

Arthur Conte : "Yatridès master of time" SGDL 04.03.1991 
Sacha Bourmeyster : "Yatridès and his century" , "Yatridès the painter of invisible reality" , "Yatridès anti-Picasso"SGDL 24.03.1994, "Interstellars Icons" SGDL 31.03.1994, "Yatridès and the Bible" SGDL 30.10.96
Samuel E. Johnson : Biographic notes (International Galleries USA)
Monographic catalogues, Yatridès 1954-1993 : Exhibitions (USA permanently, Latin America, Switzerland, Greece, Paris, Provincial France) and Rétrospectives
Monographic catalogues, Yatridès in International Art Festivals :"Great Master Guest of honour" ("International Biennials Canada-France 1987-1989"), "Main Master Guest of honour" ("International Biennials Canada 1988"), "Great Master Guest of Honour" ("International Biennials Vichy, Riom Mozac (Duke's cities), Quebec 1991-1993"), Grand Maître invité d'Honneur
Monographic catalogues, Yatridès : "Main Master guest of Honour" (France, specially Montmorency residential City)

Schools of Painting Events, USA : "Masters of Modern Art 1910-1960" (Special mention in "Watercolors, Gouaches, Pastels and Drawings from the Cubist, Post-Impressionist, Expressionist and Surrealist Schools 1910-1960"), "Drawings and Watercolors 1900-1959" (Art Event following this held by the American Ambassy in Paris (Musée de l'Orangerie, winter 1958-1959 : "From Clouet to Matisse" - Drawings in American Private Collections"), "Specialists in XXth Century Masters" (Special mention in "Collector's Choice").
University theses "The painter outside the tumult" (Sciences et Télécommunications Masters', MSTC Universities Grenoble III 1981), "Public Relations and communications techniques in the service of Painting -Yatridès" (Lehodey-Dissertation mémoire 402 pages, 1983 - School of Press Attachés, Founder and Managing director : Denis Huismans)
Films et videos : "Yatridès, paintings rails of sky" (Sacré-Coeur Montmartre Paris, Provideo S.A. 1981), "Yatridès the painter outside the tumult" ("René Char" Provideo S.A. 1983), " Yatridès' Art" (Version Originale S.A. 1985), "Germany, Poland, Russia" 1984.
Full-length films : Yatrides' work has fascinated film-makers, movie-directors, semiologists, among the best of our time :
Jean Delannoy and Marcel Carné famed french movie Directors, film-Makers. But given the state of his health and his circumstances, Yatridès will be unable to take a decision about their proposals. After 1968, Arthur c. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick will show in their full-length film the metaphysical amplitude of the monoliths Yatridès plates. Yatrides did not claim any intellectual property rights on the substance and form, arguments of this film that marked our time. See this site, in his "life": "entourage". In his "work": "Plates of Yatridès" and "the interstellar icons." 
Yatrides -Kubrick : the interstellar Yatridès plates, substance and driving force of "2001: Space Odyssey". See "His work": "Yatridès-Kubrick". 
Miles Millar : Present days : "Georges YATRIDES is the apotheosis of a Master in terms of artistry (...) His body of work is ethereal, not only aesthetically, but in his innate ability to harness the metaphysical aspect of our nature. He is an absolute in the incessant redefining and evolving anatomy of contemporary art and a gift to all of us. The power of this man's vision is everlasting (...) I was enraptured by the dexterity of his mind (...). Georges Yatrides' work is awe-inspiring and rightfully deserves the position it will take in our collective history, he is a true craftsman of the intangible" : Miles MILLAR, February 17, 2009