Secret Garden

Christos Kechagioglou

7 Dec 2018 – 2 Feb 2019 Trikala

The secret garden is connected with the first, the mythical garden of Eden, the model of beauty and harmony, where man was placed, according to the great myth of creation, as a complete being in order to create and enjoy a happy life. Since then, through man’s adventure in history, the garden has become a secret place within man. It’s a condition that he misses, longs and yearns, although he has never experienced it. The idea of the “secret garden” is an artistic approach of this internal, indescribable place. It is in fact a transformed picture of reality and our world. Each piece of work is made as the transformation of what is familiar and it is a testimony and a sign of the existence of what is far away.

Secret Garden, 90 x 130 cm

Secret Garden,
90 x 130 cm

The transformation requires a different look, which, in painting, means first of all a different conception of light. What is attempted here, is a creation of a different lighting, which looks like the light as we know it, but which is something different in its essence. And of course, when we talk about light in painting, we refer to colour. Here in the garden, everything emits light; a light which becomes one with everything and vibrates everything. It is like a secret breeze which gives a freedom and an autonomy to all the things and elements of nature, which it turns into “ghosts”. The sea and the water turn into beings, but the buildings, the hills and the trees, the courts and the flowerbeds become independent motifs and turn into musical notes, into creatures of a fantastic journey in search of the unpredictable. Everything seems to lighten up in a weird, mystery scene.

The Passage of Time, 70 x 70 cm

The Passage of Time,
70 x 70 cm

The “Secret Garden” is the personal log of this exploration, without beginning and end; a recording of an internal history and geography, which bears the “ancient” joy for life. It is all an arbitrariness, a game. I paint and I feel that everything is arbitrary. But in the end, as a wise man says, the dreams and the daring almond trees that bloom in the middle of winter are arbitrary too.

Windmills, 70 x 70 cm

Windmills,
70 x 70 cm

The edge of the World, 90 x 113 cm

The edge of the World,
90 x 113 cm

End of the Island I, 100 x 50 cm

End of the Island I,
100 x 50 cm

End of the Island II, 100 x 100 cm

End of the Island II,
100 x 100 cm

Vegetation by the River, 70 x 70 cm

Vegetation by the River,
70 x 70 cm

Bridge in the Snow, 50 x50 cm

Bridge in the Snow,
50 x50 cm

Feast at the Temple, 70 x 70 cm

Feast at the Temple,
70 x 70 cm

Trees in the Meadow, 50 x 50 cm

Trees in the Meadow,
50 x 50 cm

Cypresses on the Edge, 50 x 50 cm

Cypresses on the Edge,
50 x 50 cm

Hot Springs, 70 x 70 cm

Hot Springs,
70 x 70 cm

Breathing Valley, 100 x 100 cm

Breathing Valley,
100 x 100 cm

White Night Town by the River, 50 x50 cm

White Night
Town by the River,
50 x50 cm

Flowers of the Sea, 70 x 70 cm

Flowers of the Sea,
70 x 70 cm

With Antonioni at the Red Chairs, 70 x 70 cm

With Antonioni
at the Red Chairs, 70 x 70 cm

Small Ski Resort, 40 x 40 cm

Small Ski Resort,
40 x 40 cm

Secret Route, 70 x 70 cm

Secret Route,
70 x 70 cm

Temples of the Rocks, 50 x 50 cm

Temples of the Rocks,
50 x 50 cm

Temples of the Rocks II, 50 x 50 cm

Temples of the Rocks II,
50 x 50 cm

Night Studio, 70 x 70 cm

Night Studio,
70 x 70 cm

Garden of the Rocks, 90 x 113 cm

Garden of the Rocks,
90 x 113 cm

City of Heaven, 100 x 100 cm

City of Heaven, 100 x 100 cm

On the road, trees with fruit, 70 x 70 cm

On the road,
trees with fruit,
70 x 70 cm

Orange Tree at the Wooden Stair, 50 x 50 cm

Orange Tree
at the Wooden Stair,
50 x 50 cm

In the Garden with Braque, 90 x 113 cm

In the Garden
with Braque,
90 x 113 cm

A Chat at the Banana Tree, 70 x 70 cm

A Chat at the Banana Tree,
70 x 70 cm

Drawings in a Dream, 40 x40 cm

Drawings in a Dream,
40 x40 cm

Tree with Daisies, 70 x 70 cm

Tree with Daisies,
70 x 70 cm

The Elven Village, 50 x 50 cm

The Elven Village,
50 x 50 cm

Snow time, 100 x 100 cm

Snow time,
100 x 100 cm

Fields in the Hinterland, 100 x 100 cm

Fields in the Hinterland,
100 x 100 cm