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CHTHONIC VESSEL 49

Designer/Manufacturer

Peter Speliopoulos

Circa

2021

Description

Speliopoulos’ passion for craftsmanship, organic textures, and forms has informed his work throughout his creative career. Birthed in a time of deep introspection and solitude, Peter Speliopolous’s body of work, _CHTHONIC_, continues to investigate and embody the artist's Greek cultural heritage. A freed artistic expression, the symbolic and expressive pieces are an interpretive approach to the Primordial Gods of the Greek underworld.

Peter Speliopoulos

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, of Greek descent, multidisciplinary artist Peter Speliopoulos lives and works between New York and Patmos, Greece. He received his BFA from the Parsons School of Design in 1982. For over thirty years, Speliopoulos established an international career as a high fashion designer and costume designer for opera and modern ballet. His design and creative direction have inspired the collections of Christian Dior, Cerruti and Donna Karan among others; his costume designs significantly figured in the work of director/choreographers Karole Armitage and Luca Veggetti.

Speliopoulos’ passion for craftsmanship, organic textures, and forms has informed his work throughout his creative career. The artist’s collection of unique ceramic pieces results from his long-standing fascination for and experimentation with the medium. His first exhibition at Ateliers Courbet, in September of 2019 featured an ensemble of highly textured vessels, reflecting the artist’s interest in the malleability and tactile expressions of clay. As he investigates time-honored techniques, the artist offers a contemporary interpretation of the traditional wheel-thrown forms of Antiquity ceramics with a personal twist.

The artist's second show with the gallery, CHTHONIC, on view from June 10 to August 19, 2021 was composed of works birthed in a time of deep introspection and solitude. Peter Speliopoulos’ body of work for this exhibition continues to investigate and embody the artist's Greek cultural heritage. A freed artistic expression, the symbolic and expressive pieces are an interpretive approach to the Primordial Gods of the Greek underworld. Born from chaos, and mythologized as bestowing darkness - dwelling in the abyss, the anti-heaven, and night - Speliopoulos materializes the essence of the deities by thinking about “the powers they possessed to create the cosmos and the world of humanity, the dark forces and the light, the struggles of life.”

In his own words, Speliopoulos prompts us to regard his work as allegories of the human condition;“...each piece tells a story of how external forces shape us, how we find beauty in our individuality and imperfections. I strive to create tactile surfaces that beg to be touched, alongside a visual power that makes the work feel alive and provokes emotion.”–Peter Speliopoulos

Speliopoulos has served on the Board of theInternational Folk Art Market, Santa Fe, since 2012, and as a member of the Board of Armitage Gone! Dance! since 2005. He is a co-founder of Fashion Centered, since 2013, an annual event benefiting Manhattan’s LGBT Center, continuing his work as a philanthropist and activist. Each vessel is unique and hand-crafted by the artist in his New York studio.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, of Greek descent, multidisciplinary artist Peter Speliopoulos lives and works between New York and Patmos, Greece. He received his BFA from the Parsons School of Design in 1982. For over thirty years, Speliopoulos established an international career as a high fashion designer and costume designer for opera and modern ballet. His design and creative direction have inspired the collections of Christian Dior, Cerruti and Donna Karan among others; his costume designs significantly figured in the work of director/choreographers Karole Armitage and Luca Veggetti.

Speliopoulos’ passion for craftsmanship, organic textures, and forms has informed his work throughout his creative career. The artist’s collection of unique ceramic pieces results from his long-standing fascination for and experimentation with the medium. His first exhibition at Ateliers Courbet, in September of 2019 featured an ensemble of highly textured vessels, reflecting the artist’s interest in the malleability and tactile expressions of clay. As he investigates time-honored techniques, the artist offers a contemporary interpretation of the traditional wheel-thrown forms of Antiquity ceramics with a personal twist.

The artist's second show with the gallery, CHTHONIC, on view from June 10 to August 19, 2021 was composed of works birthed in a time of deep introspection and solitude. Peter Speliopoulos’ body of work for this exhibition continues to investigate and embody the artist's Greek cultural heritage. A freed artistic expression, the symbolic and expressive pieces are an interpretive approach to the Primordial Gods of the Greek underworld. Born from chaos, and mythologized as bestowing darkness - dwelling in the abyss, the anti-heaven, and night - Speliopoulos materializes the essence of the deities by thinking about “the powers they possessed to create the cosmos and the world of humanity, the dark forces and the light, the struggles of life.”

In his own words, Speliopoulos prompts us to regard his work as allegories of the human condition;“...each piece tells a story of how external forces shape us, how we find beauty in our individuality and imperfections. I strive to create tactile surfaces that beg to be touched, alongside a visual power that makes the work feel alive and provokes emotion.”–Peter Speliopoulos

Speliopoulos has served on the Board of theInternational Folk Art Market, Santa Fe, since 2012, and as a member of the Board of Armitage Gone! Dance! since 2005. He is a co-founder of Fashion Centered, since 2013, an annual event benefiting Manhattan’s LGBT Center, continuing his work as a philanthropist and activist. Each vessel is unique and hand-crafted by the artist in his New York studio.

Peter Speliopoulos Ateliers Courbet

Peter Speliopoulos Collection

Miteria | PSP 10M

Miteria | PSP 09M

Miteria | PSP 03M

Miteria | PSP 13M

Miteria | PSP 06M

Miteria | PSP 19M

Miteria | PSP 08M

Miteria | PSP 07M

Miteria | PSP 21M

Miteria | PSP 01M

CHTHONIC VESSEL 51

MITERIA | PSP 22M

ARCHAEOS | PSP038

MOON PHASE | PSP057

CHTHONIC VESSEL 52

CHTHONIC VESSEL 40

ARCHAEOS | PSP053

ARCHAEOS | PSP039

MOON PHASE PSP060

CHTHONIC VESSEL 35

CHTHONIC VESSEL 50

ARCHAEOS | PSP010

ARCHAEOS | PSP003

CHTHONIC VESSEL 45

CHTHONIC VESSEL 01

CHTHONIC VESSEL 03

CHTHONIC VESSEL 32

CHTHONIC VESSEL 31

CHTHONIC VESSEL 14

ARCHAEOS | PSP052

ARCHAEOS | PSP040

CHTHONIC VESSEL 41

BLACK VESSEL | PSP 066

CHTHONIC VESSEL 20

ARCHAEOS | PSP007

CHTHONIC VESSEL 16

CHTHONIC VESSEL 39

CHTHONIC VESSEL 47

CHTHONIC VESSEL 24

CHTHONIC VESSEL 46

CHTHONIC VESSEL 23

CHTHONIC VESSEL 07

ARCHAEOS | PSP055

CHTHONIC VESSEL 34

CHTHONIC VESSEL 53

CHTHONIC VESSEL 27

ARCHAEOS | PSP027

CHTHONIC VESSEL 21

CHTHONIC VESSEL 38

CHTHONIC VESSEL 19

CHTHONIC VESSEL 29

CHTHONIC VESSEL 06

ARCHAEOS VESSEL | PSP036

CHTHONIC VESSEL 09

CHTHONIC VESSEL 26

CHTHONIC VESSEL 28

CHTHONIC VESSEL 05

CHTHONIC VESSEL 04

ARCHAEOS | PSP005

MOON PHASE | PSP059

BLACK VESSEL | PS 068

CHTHONIC VESSEL 37

ARCHAEOS | PSP051

MOON PHASE | PSP056

MITERIA | PSP MIT02

ARCHAEOS | PSP054

CHTHONIC VESSEL 43

ARCHAEOS | PSP025

CHTHONIC VESSEL 22

CHTHONIC VESSEL 08

CHTHONIC VESSEL 48

CHTHONIC VESSEL 11

CHTHONIC VESSEL 33

CHTHONIC VESSEL 25

CHTHONIC VESSEL 30

CHTHONIC VESSEL 13

CHTHONIC VESSEL 18

CHTHONIC VESSEL 42

CHTHONIC VESSEL 02

CHTHONIC VESSEL 44

CHTHONIC VESSEL 36

BLACK VESSEL | PSP 065

MOON PHASE | PSP058

ARCHAEOS | PSP019

MOON PHASE | PSP061

ARCHAEOS | PSP050

CHTHONIC VESSEL 17

ARCHAEOS | PSP045

CHTHONIC VESSEL 12

BLACK VESSEL | PSP 067

MITERIA | PSP MIT03

CHTHONIC VESSEL 49

Miteria | PSP 15M

Miteria | PSP 20M

Miteria | PSP 17M

Miteria | PSP 14M

Miteria | PSP 02M