Panayiotis Kalorkoti (born 11 April 1957, Cyprus) is a contemporary British artist. As well as painting in acrylics and watercolour he does drawings and also experimented with etchings, screenprints, lithographs and Monotypes. He tends to produce a series of paintings for a specific exhibition. He works within specific terms of reference and his work has been described as an entirely modern iconography. His work is figurative and features bright colour, economic use of line and makes use of collage, whilst referring to conceptualism, abstraction and modernism. Most of the work tends to be in groups and it is in the serial works that the viewer will sense a certain questioning and re-focusing. Of his artistic approach, Andrew Lambirth wrote:
Kalorkoti tirelessly returns to an idea to probe it further, and has developed the good Modernist habit of taking things to a logical conclusion, by way of thorough serial exploration. Panayiotis Kalorkoti aims to question and challenge our assumptions, to keep us on the qui vive, and heighten our awareness of our relationship to the world.
There was a time when he wandered around the College with two small sketchbooks, asking almost everyone he bumped into to draw a portrait of Kalorkoti in one of the books while he made one of his victim in the other. Almost no-one refused, and the result is a unique and valuable document of the faces of the celebrated and the unknown, from David Hockney to fellow students, who had crossed his path.
Kalorkoti, like all real artists, is a clear case of skill directing instinct. The beginning is the instinct, that something from below or outside the conscious mind which tells the conscious artist to paint in reds or blues, images of dogs or buildings or young women, orders that he cannot but obey.
It is rare for art to be so directly about life. Not about lifestyles, about shocks or seductions, but about the life we experience as involuntary participants. What links all Kalorkoti’s art is solitude, his and ours.
Most of his work tends to be in groups or portfolios and it is in the serial works the viewer will find Kalorkoti’s artistic direction and ethos. Some projects such as Berlin Project, Homage to Goya, The Fathers of Modern Art,West Yorkshire Playhouse Residency, Four Nations Capitals. Of the Four Nations Capitals Charles Saumarez Smith wrote:
I have known the work of Panayiotis Kalorkoti for a long time, ever since I first met him when I was Director of the National Portrait Gallery and very much respect the integrity with which he documents different aspects, and some of the stranger characteristics, of our national life.
1988 Kalorkoti, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne and Tour: Darlington Arts Centre; Gray Art Gallery and Museum, Hartlepool; Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham (catalogue-text by Eva Krabbe, 68 pages with 64 illustrations, 16 in colour)
1990 A Retrospective of Etchings and Screenprints 1978–89, Imperial War Museum, London (catalogue-text by Frank Whitford, 40 pages with 33 illustrations, 20 in colour) ISBN 0-901627-56-9
1992 A Retrospective View 1985–91, Design Works, Gateshead (catalogue-text by Timothy Hyman, 32 pages with 46 illustrations, 44 in colour) ISBN 0-9519585-0-X
1992 Etchings and Drawings, Cleveland Gallery, Middlesbrough and Tour: Steendrukkerij Amsterdam B.V. (catalogue-text by Frank Van den Broeck, 72 pages with 93 illustrations, 48 in colour) ISBN 0-904784-21-5
1994 Retrospective (Etchings 1983–93), Gallery K, London and Tour: Galerie Titanium, Athens (catalogue-text by Roger Cardinal, 32 pages with 44 illustrations, 33 in colour) ISBN 1-898710-00-7
1995 Reflections of Grizedale (Acrylics, Watercolours, Etchings), Gallery in the Forest, Grizedale (catalogue-text by Edward Lucie-Smith, 60 pages with 43 illustrations, 36 in colour) ISBN 0-9525450-0-4
1997 An Exhibition of Acrylics, Watercolours and Etchings, Design Works, Gateshead (catalogue-text by Mel Gooding, 60 pages with 55 illustrations, 53 in colour) ISBN 0-9519585-1-8
1985 Printmakers at the Royal College of Art, Concourse Gallery, Barbican Centre, London (Catalogue - text by William Feaver)
1986 Tradition and Innovation in Printmaking Today, Milton Keynes Exhibition Gallery andtour: Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Andrew Grant Gallery, Edinburgh; Concourse Gallery, Barbican Centre, London; Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (Catalogue)
1986 Between Identity and Politics, A New Art, Gimpel Fils, London and tour: Darlington Arts Centre; Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer, New York (Catalogue)