Soulikias, Paul

Paul Soulikias was born in Greece in 1926. Self-taught in his youth, he decides, at the end of his military service, to study art at the Art College ABC in Athens. When he terminates his studies, he leaves for Paris (1956) to visit museums and to meet with other artists.

In 1959, he arrives in Canada, but it is only in 1965 that he begins to exhibit his paintings in important art galleries such as Moose Gallery, Gorveau Gallery, Galerie l’Art français (1968-1975), and later, at the famous Dominion Gallery (1974-1987). ”

Working especially with oil and with very thin pictorial layer, he creates compact masses where the total impression counts more than the detail; trees or fir trees, altogether with hills and clouds, are treated with a single detail and highlighted with a sense of very sure composition and color. He also creates paintings with city streets, still lives, portraits and other compositions, but his main subject is indubitably Canadian landscape. There, this European artist took up the rich tradition of the Group of Seven and of all these Canadian artists who made nature their guide and inspiration.” (Hélène Quellet, Vie des Arts, no 63, Summer 1971).

The works of this famous Canadian artist are found at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts as in various public collections: the Municipality of Montreal, the Reader Digest, Bell Quebec, Gazoduc TQM, ABB, Thiro and the National Bank of Greece as well as in Canadian, European and American private collections.

Several group and solo exhibitions cleared the way for his artistic evolution. The director of the Dominion Gallery, Dr. Max Stern, who bought and exhibited constantly his works, had underlined that Paul Soulikias “was a painter with international substance”. It is in 1982 that Max Stern decides to organize a special exhibition on Soulikias’ work – presented next to Henry Moore’s works – to underline the publication of a first book on the artist under Signatures editions.

A second important book has been published by ABB and Thiro societies in 1996 and was launched at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The paintings presented at this exhibition are from diverse stylistic themes: still life, landscape, portrait and nude. These works are a testimonial to his inexhaustible artistic activity which nourished the painter during all of his life: he produced a body of work of more than 3000 works.