Friday, 14 March 2014

Read pays tribute to Stass Paraskos

Renowned Cypriot artist Stass Paraskos has died aged 81.

Born in Anafotia Village, Larnaca, Cyprus, in 1933, he moved to England in 1953 to study fine art.

Between 1956 and 1958 he studied at Leeds College of Art and then worked as a lecturer in the department of undergraduate studies at Leicester College of Art and at the painting department at Leeds Polytechnic.

The artist’s work forms part of several collections in Britain, including at the Tate Gallery, London, Leeds City Art Gallery, the Arts Council Collection and University of Leeds.

He founded the first contemporary art school in Cyprus in 1969 and has received international acclaim for his work.

“He was the artistic cause celebre of Leeds in the mid 1960s when he was put on trial for exhibiting 'obscene' art,” said Benedict Read, senior fellow in fine art at the University of Leeds.

“ My father [art historian Herbert Read] was his chief defence witness but they lost the case.

“He was a good friend to many in Leeds.”

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