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BESSIE PAPAZAFIRIOU
Tampa, Florida - United States


, Wood Nymphs, Mythology, Request Price
, The Creation Of Uranus, Mythology, Request Price
, The Slumber Of Ariadne, Mythology, Not For Sale

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Artist Statement

Through my work I'm able to express reality in my own way. With a brush in hand suddenly horses can fly, the sky is ablaze, myths become reality and the world is transformed. To me, this is freedom. There is an unequaled sense of joy and satisfaction that comes from being able to express my vision and share it with others. I love it when a stranger views my work and feels a connection...suddenly we're no longer strangers. A new line of communication is open, one that transcends language....

Original Artworks (40)

Bessie Papazafiriou; Singer in Sweden, 1990, Original Watercolor, 28 x 21 inches. Artwork description: 241 As a child, I spent a few wonderful summers with my grandmother in Sweden.  I remember how I used to sit by this window and gaze out at the forest.  I also remember this antique sewing machine.  In this painting I used old snapshots, still life and ...
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Watercolor, 1990
28 x 21 inches (71.1 x 53.3 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; Tangerines, 1990, Original Watercolor, 26 x 18 inches. Artwork description: 241 I think of Tangerines as a still life of a day I shared with my father- in- law in Greece.  He liked to hunt and that day he took me with him. I remember the crisp mountain air, the blue sky, the swaying patches of shadow under ...
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Watercolor, 1990
26 x 18 inches (66.0 x 45.7 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; Uranus Burying His Young, 2006, Original Mixed Media, 30 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241 According to Greek Mythology, the union of Uranus, god of the sky, and Gaea, goddess of the earth, produced the Titans, the Cyclopes and three monsters, Cottus, Briareus and Gyges.  These monsters had one hundred arms and fifty heads attached to their backs.  Uranus was horrified at ...
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Mixed Media, 2006
30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; Flamingos, 2006, Original Painting Oil, 40 x 30 inches.
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Oil Painting, 2006
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; Wood Nymphs, 2006, Original Painting Oil, 28 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241 The Greeks believed that various divinities protected nature.  These divinities were known as nymphs.  This painting depicts young women of the forest known as wood nymphs who protected trees.  It was believed that anyone who caught a glimpse of a nymph was blessed with good fortune and ...
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Oil Painting, 2006
28 x 24 inches (71.1 x 61.0 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; The Creation of Uranus, 2005, Original Mixed Media, 30 x 23 inches. Artwork description: 241 The ancient Greeks used mythology to explain the creation of the universe.  They believed that in the beginning there was a gaping chasm known as Chaos.  Earth ( Gaea) was created after Chaos.  Later, and in the presence of Eros, Earth created the starry sky known as Uranus.  ...
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Mixed Media, 2005
30 x 23 inches (76.2 x 58.4 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; The Slumber of Ariadne, 2005, Original Painting Oil, 30 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241 This painting is part of a series dealing with Theseus' abandonment of Ariadne on the island of Naxos.  Here Ariadne has fallen into a deep and tranquil sleep, still unaware of the fate that awaits her.THIS PAINTING WAS STOLEN FROM MY STUDIO IN CANADA IN ...
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Oil Painting, 2005
30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; Selene and the White Ram, 2005, Original Painting Oil, 24 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241 Selene, the moon- goddess, was loved by Pan, a pastoral god.  He transformed himself into a white ram and drew her into the woods....
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Oil Painting, 2005
24 x 30 inches (61.0 x 76.2 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; Two Swimmers II, 2005, Original Painting Oil, 40 x 30 inches.
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Oil Painting, 2005
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; Two Swimmers I, 2004, Original Painting Oil, 36 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241 This painting depicts two young swimmers undaunted by the power of the sea....
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Oil Painting, 2004
36 x 30 inches (91.4 x 76.2 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; The Abandonment of Ariadne, 2004, Original Painting Oil, 24 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241 According to Greek mythology, seven virgins and seven young men were sent from Athens to Crete to be devoured by the dreaded Minotaur.  Theseus decided to put an end to this annual sacrifice by slaying the monster.  He did this with the help of Ariadne, King Minos ...
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Oil Painting, 2004
24 x 30 inches (61.0 x 76.2 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; Beach Near Pylos, 2001, Original Painting Oil, 16 x 8 inches. Artwork description: 241      Beach Near Pylos depicts a beach in southern Greece....
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Oil Painting, 2001
16 x 8 inches (40.6 x 20.3 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; Reading the Cups, 1990, Original Watercolor, 38 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241 Reading the Cups portrays a Greek custom which I find interesting.  Once a person finishes his Greek coffee, the cup is turned upside down until the sediment reveals a pattern.  This pattern is then read to foretell one' s future.THIS PAINTING WAS STOLEN FROM MY ...
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Watercolor, 1990
38 x 30 inches (96.5 x 76.2 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; Transience I, 1986, Original Watercolor, 34 x 26 inches. Artwork description: 241      The Transience series was inspired by an unforgettable trip to a Greek mountain range called Pilio.  Here, one experiences an unusual and unique timelessness and a closeness to nature as well as an awareness of the transient nature of life....
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Watercolor, 1986
34 x 26 inches (86.4 x 66.0 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; House With Shadows, 1999, Original Watercolor, 23 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241      House With Shadows depicts an old Greek house I found in the mountains of Pilio, Greece.  I was fascinatd by this place and its timelessness.  This wonderful house expresses both the atmosphere and sense of mystery one experiences there.Limited edition - signed and numbered...
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Watercolor, 1999
23 x 22 inches (58.4 x 55.9 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; House With Chickens, 1999, Original Watercolor, 19 x 18 inches. Artwork description: 241 House With Chickens depicts a Greek village house located in the mountains near Metsovo.THIS PAINTING WAS STOLEN FROM MY STUDIO IN CANADA IN 2010.  PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION.  ...
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Watercolor, 1999
19 x 18 inches (48.3 x 45.7 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; Hera and Zeus, 2003, Original Painting Oil, 25 x 33 inches. Artwork description: 241      According to Greek mythology, the gods often disguised themselves to trick or seduce other gods or mortals.  Here Zeus becomes a cuckoo in order to gain Hera' s favor.  She unknowingly caresses Zeus who eventually becomes her husband....
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Oil Painting, 2003
25 x 33 inches (63.5 x 83.8 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; Two Trees in Metsovo, 2003, Original Printmaking Lithography, 18 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241 Metsovo is a wonderful mountain village in Greece.  While exploring the surrounding woods just before sunset, I discovered these amazing tees nestled together like an old couple.Comments:  Framed...
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Lithograph, 2003
18 x 20 inches (45.7 x 50.8 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; The Judgment, 1986, Original Watercolor, 29 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241      The Judgment portrays the imagined thoughts and feelings of a person during his last moments of life.  In this sense, it is a painting of empathy.  The crystal head symbolizes this transitory state as it creates a visual tug of war.  The translucent head fades into the ...
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Watercolor, 1986
29 x 20 inches (73.7 x 50.8 cm)
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Bessie Papazafiriou; Transience II, 1986, Original Watercolor, 28 x 21 inches. Artwork description: 241    In Transience II, objects rest precariously on a shelf or dangle from threads to remind us of the fragile nature of our existence and the existence of everything around us.  The chain symbolizes generations and the continuity of the life cycle.THIS PAINTING WAS STOLEN FROM MY ...
Bessie Papazafiriou
Original Watercolor, 1986
28 x 21 inches (71.1 x 53.3 cm)
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