The Greek Festival of Sydney honored late Greek-Australian artist Vasilis Natsis at the Opening Night of his retrospective exhibition at Kudos Gallery. Natsis’ wife Carol and daughters Danae and Lydia curated an exhibition of his finest works, including photographs and pen-and-ink drawings.
The Opening Night of the exhibition on Wednesday March 16 drew many art lovers and admirers of Natsis’ work and expressed delight at the opportunity to see much of it collected in one room. Natsis’ spent most of his life split between Greece and Australia and strong influences of this time were evident in his work.
Byron Comninos, an artistic collaboration of Natsis’, spoke emotionally about the late artist and his significant contribution as an artist. In addition to his extensive work as a graphic designer and his many pen-and-ink drawings and paintings, Natsis was also involved in the design of a logo for the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW, the central image and lettering of which still appear in the present logo.
Vasilis Natsis was born in 1927 in a remote mountain village in Epirus. When he was two years old, his family migrated to Egypt, where he attended local Greek community schools. Upon leaving school, he decided to pursue his love of and talent for drawing by taking a course in commercial art. As an adult, he migrated to Melbourne where he gained employment as a graphic artist.
The exhibition will be available to view at Kudos Gallery (6 Napier Street, Paddington) until Sunday March 20.