Ezechiel 89x116 cm, 1978
Private collection

The reflection of religious inspiration ?  Is YATRIDES, a painter inspired by the Revelation and his work, seeking a new Apocalypse ?   This is an appropriate occasion to consider the works presented. Neither Dragons, nor Horsemen, nor Angel-figures, nor Babylon, nor New Jerusalem, nor curses, blessings, rewards, punishments, portents or mysterious symbols... One could continue to fill pages listing those creatures and objects, traditionally linked to the subject evoked which do not figure in YATRIDES '  work.

And yet, in his paintings, an apocalyptic atmosphere prevails. A compelling inspiration pervades them. They are marked by an invisible presence. It is not the titles alone :   "And Death Shall be No More", "Ezekiel", "Fisher of Men", "The Arcades or The Pavilion of God", that give rise to this conviction. A cross, a crucified man, a loaf, a small boat - this is more or less what the painter's specifically religious elements amount to. So where does this intense impression of transcendence come from that one immediately feels, and that no error of composition, no inappropriate detail will disturb ?

  • It is that we are entering a pictorial universe which completely breaks away from the expressive styles elaborated by painters up until now, notably by those of our own century, from impressionists to abstract painters. A style of painting that presents a different perception.

Could it be that the author of "The Kingdom of God" is the long-awaited painter ?  The one who, through his work, would finally herald the return to Figurative Art ? No, he is realistic.

George YATRIDES is certainly a realistic painter. He invites us to enter a perfectly real universe. We can have confidence in him. Indeed we must have, completely and in all innocence, for the painter does not seek to shy away, or to exploit our credulity in order to surprise or mystify us in the manner of a SALVADOR DALI or a MAGRITTE.

But let us nevertheless be warned :  nothing in his canvases allows us to say, this is a landscape, a portrait or a still life, nothing, despite the appearances.

Fisher of Men 89x130 cm, 1978
Private collection


Englsh translation by Penelope Hamilton
yatrides@wanadoo.fr (yatridès and his century)

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"SGDL24.03.1994, "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 yatrides.com, 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