PAINTINGS by a Sheffield artist are now on show in a gallery on the Greek Island of Santorini.
This time last year painter Trevor Neal and his wife Sharon were on holiday in the village Firostefani and just a few yards from their apartment saw a studio and gallery called Aegean Design.
Later Trevor encountered the owner, Allison Ermogenis, in a coffee shop and soon they were discussing their interest in art. Allison, born in Hexham in the UK, lived in Australia for many years where she met and married her Greek husband Michael before re-locating to his homeland 20 years ago, took a look at Trevor’s website and was impressed with the work.
“With the help of locals and family they set off on a 20 year search for a place to buy and renovate and their home consists of two caves built into the cliff face in the northern village of Oia that boasts the most spectacular sunsets in the Aegean,” reports Trevor.
“Returning home I was totally inspired with the colour and architecture of Santorini and completed eight new paintings based on my experience on this most beautiful of the Cyclades Islands,” he says. “I kept in touch with Allison and sent her by email images of the paintings. She was very complimentary about the work and floated the idea of having an exhibition of the paintings at her gallery at some time in 2011.”
A meeting in London followed last November (in the coffee shop at the Royal Academy, familiar ground for Trevor having shown on four occasions at the Summer Exhibition) and it was agreed to put on a show in June this year for which the artist completed a further seven paintings. All the works were crated up and shipped to Santorini last month.
“The colours and textures of the gallery and patio at Aegean Design were rather overwhelming and bright so I decided to use a very restricted pallete of blue and white and show rooftops and chimney pots unique to the area and a feature that held great interest for me,” he explains.
The paintings will be on show from Friday - until they are all sold.