Papantoniou was born in Cyprus. An early interest in painting
led to studies at Hornsey School of Art, Kingston Polytechnic
where he specialised in sculpture and Institute of Education where
he attended a Postgraduate course in Art teaching. His work is
almost exclusively anthropomorphic. Papantoniou is committed to
the presentation of the human figure at its most positive and
at its strongest.
The Artist's almost obsessional concerns with the ideal, lends
his work an air of nobility reminisent of the classical traditions
He uses themes from Creek mythology. The idea of 'Ikaros' the
winged figure appears frequently with a feeling of sadness, worry
and optimism carrying his wings full of hope and desire.
'The prints of frixos Papantoniou are powerful and compelling;
the colours sing, the imagery intriguing and profound. It is amazing
to think that they are made from floor covering without any characteristic
of its own.
The linocut is the simplest way to make a print - it's what we
do at school; yet in the hands of the maturer artist it becomes
a sophisticated medium with which to work.
The linocutter's art is to destroy the block by gouging away the
surface and Frixos' cuts are confident and lively.
He has dipped into his cultural origins, using winged and icon
like figures as symbols in his work. The hot colours give the
work a passion and a reference to heaven or hell, or who knows?
Your interpretation will be a personal one, the messages are rich
JANE STOBART A.R.E.
1975-76 Middlesex Polytechnic: Foundation course in Art and Design
1976-79 Kingston Polvtechnic: Degree Subiect - Fine-Art (Sculpture)
1983-84 London University. Institute of Education: Art Teacher's
1939 `Drawings and Prints" Theatro Technis. London
1989 "Works on Paper" Circle Gallery, LyrIc Theatre,
1991 "Works on Paper" Gallery Apocalypses. Nicosia.
1991"Works on Paper" Blackfriars Art Centre, Boston.
1993 `Llnocuts" lsiington Arts Factory. London
1993 "Linocuts Printworks Gallery. Colchester
1995 `Recent Works" The Changing Room Gallery" London
1996 "Recent Works" Loughton Library, Loughton
1996 "Paintings and Prints" London Print Workshop. London
1996 `Recent Works" Becket Gallery, Brentwood Library. Brentwood
1997 "Paintings and Prints" The Markovitch Gallery.
1998 `Limited Edition Linocuts' The Hellenic Centre, London
1999 `Selected Works" Oxford House, London
1981 "Four Greek Artists" KIngsgate Gallery. London
1984 "Mixed Media" Dixon Gallery, London University,
1989 "F.N.L. U.K. Cypriot Exhibition Famagusta Gate, Nicosia.
1990 "Recent Works" The Cotton Centre London (Three-person
1990 "P.N.L. U.K Cypriot Exhibition Commonwealth, Institute,
1990 "Merz Contemporary Arts Gallery, London, (Three person
1990 "Wings Myths and Desires" Gill Gallery, London
1990 "P.N.L. U.K. Cyorlot Exhibition The House of Cyprus,
1991 "Bankside Open" Bankside Gallery, London
1993 "The Bank of Cyprus Award" Gallery, London
1994 "ART 94" lslington Business Centre
1994 "Kiss 11' Gallery K, London
1994 "The Summer Exhibition" Royal Academv of Arts,
1994 "Pastels Today" The Mall Galleries. London
1994 "Focus Prints 94" ,Miidlands Art Centre, BIrmingham
1995 "Kiss Ill" Gallery K. London
1995 "Greek Cypriots and Irish Artists" Camden lrish
1996 "ART 96" lslington Business Centre
1996 "Contemporary Stance" Orleans House Gallery, London
1996 "Kiss IV" Gallery K. London
1997 "Kiss V" Gallery K. London
1997 "The Markovitch Gallery, London
1997 "Heffers Gallery" Cambridge
1997 Selected Artists" Will's Art Warehouse, London
1997 "Sackville Gallery" Picadilly, London (2-person
1997 "Selected Printmakers" Will's, Art Warehouse, London
1999 `National Print Open' The Mall Galleries, London
1999 "Abstract 2" Artmonsky Gallery, London
2001 "Time Fields" The Gallery, London
2001 "The Art Attack pro!ect" Hoxton Square. London
2001 "Take Flight" Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen
2002 SEFTON OPEN, The Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
2002 Well Made Exhibition, Newham Council. London
2002 ANGELS. St. John' Church. Scunthorpe. Lincolnshire
2002 Circle Gallery. Edinburgh. Scotland
2002 Runner up Prize at SEFTON OPEN, The Atkinson Art Gallery,