Collector’s Choice: Stelios Kleanthous

Paralimni, Famagusta- Cyprus

About Stelios Kleanthous

I’m Cypiot, and I live by the seaside in the Protaras area.

Photography is my calling, my profession, and the thing that will undoubtedly drive me insane someday.

I don’t photograph subjects. I photograph the way they make me feel.
Admittedly, it’s a bit of a strange concept.

But it’s honest – and it’s the best way to describe my approach to the craft.
I wrestle with every image I shoot.

I assume perfection is possible and I want to bring it out of every picture.


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Protaras (Greek: Πρωταράς; Turkish: Protaras) is a predominantly tourist resort which comes under the administrative jurisdiction of Paralimni Municipality in Cyprus.

In ancient times, where Protaras is now located, stood the old city-state of Leukolla. The city possessed a small safe harbour where the Athenian Demetrius Poliorketes sought refuge in the year 306 BC, lying in wait for Ptolemeos, one of the successors of Alexander the Great.

In the ensuing battle, Ptolemeos was defeated and fled to Egypt, leaving Cyprus in the hands of Demetrius for a short time. Protaras is also referred to as “the land of windmills”, maintaining the nostalgic quality of the past.

Protaras has clear sky-blue waters and sandy beaches, the most well-known of which is Fig Tree Bay. Building on the success of Ayia Napa, located about 10 km (6 mi) southwest, it has expanded into a modern holiday resort of considerable size with tens of high capacity hotels, hotel apartments, villas, restaurants, pubs and associated facilities. Being quieter than Ayia Napa and having less of a club scene, it has a reputation of catering more for family and Cypriot tourism. Cape Greco is a 10-minute drive from the center of Protaras, and is considered one of the most beautiful places on the island.

Protaras is one of the most popular diving destinations with some of the best dive sites of Cyprus and the East Med. Green Bay being the most popular dive site with thousands of first timers trying scuba skills. The Blue Hole, the Chapel, the Decosta Bay, and Malama Bay are great sites, with Protaras being the most famous dive site for Technical Diving and Commercial Diver training and is on the Cyclops Bay located on the border with Ayia Napa.

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The photographs of Stelios Kleanthous stand as great art to me by virtue of the fact that he captures one of the most majestic places on earth in a timeless vision.

Each image he makes arises as a manifestation from the heart of the earth with its surging cloak of the sea.

Stelios expresses and captures the edge of the world as a transcendent portal to the entire cosmos through his orchestration of the visual landscape found before him. He does this through the highly skilled manipulation of the instruments of his profession: the camera and accompanying technologies.

His selection, arrangement and capture of lights and darks, texture, colors and translucency before him embrace a timeless symbology of symphonic resonance that lingers in the subconscious memory like a healing balm and direct connection to all origin of creation.

Written by Janis Kirstein








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Collector’s Choice: Gray Artus


imageThe necessity to create is an obvious driving passion immediately visible when seeing Gray Artus’ work for the first time. His paintings and  photographs reveal a deep urgency to express profound feelings and evoke hidden longings.  Each piece, whether a photograph of a North Carolina beach after dusk, or a painted bird at rest in its natural habitat, conveys the mystery of the intangible behind the visible. 

Artus Grey is a largely self-taught artist currently living in Asheville, North Carolina. His ability to capture human emotion through passages of stark contrast and subtle texture overlays carries his pieces from the obvious subject and beyond, into a deeper dream state, where one feels the reality of the vision with an incessant ache.





I lost myself so long ago… I chased plastic dreams I thought would bring happiness. Where did the time go? I lost myself in this world and at times I lost my mind… When I paint I find it again and my thoughts are so clear.
I paint to have freedom… Freedom from this world of falling short of others expectations… Freedom from the anxiety that oppressed me and formed me into a soul that was unrecognizable.

I am a photographer to see… see the beauty in this world. There are days it’s hard to find but I see it… it’s there in a sunrise or maybe in a smile.
I am a photographer to see… see the loneliness in the world. It’s never hard to find… A teardrop falls silently to the earth.
I am an artist because there are no words to express how I feel.
I am an artist created to be free…my soul soars… it’s the way God created me.


I am Gray Artus a painter, photographer and fine artist from Asheville, North Carolina. This is just my self diagnosis but I must have ADD. I jump from photography to painting then to a different painting and back again. Its an endless circle of creativity here!
Art is what I think about when I get up in the morning and when I go to bed at night and all day in between… its my passion!
Artus’ work is currently displayed nationally and internationally in private collections and has been used as album art and on various regional websites. 
You can view his work at at the link at the top of the page.


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After yesterday’s blog on reorienting your perspective on ordinary objects, I received a number of quite interesting responses from other artists who exhibit some of the same shift in consciousness that I explored in yesterday’s blog. But unfortunately they could not express “like” of my page because WordPress said they’d had to be members to do this..

So I will just write a blog on these two artists and their fine examples.

Here is a brief synopsis of my yesterday’s post:

“Have you ever tried to imagine that the sky was the ground and the ground was the sky? If you look at the sky in this way, you can begin to see the cloud formations as land masses, and the blue sky as the sea.”

Moving along with this idea, let’s look at two pieces that really exemplify this.


The photograph “Sunset” is by the artist Wendolyn Hill, who is a Medical Illustrator connected with Yale University. Her website  is

The beautiful photograph you see here by Wendolyn is of the waterway near her home in Lyme, Ct. The reflections you see here can really “turn you on your head” as you play with the idea of seeing the sky in the water and the water in the sky.

In the end after looking at this photograph from all perspectives, you can lose the difference in identity between air and water, between up and down, top and bottom, causing you for a moment to release some of your long held boundaries associated with your conventional perceptions.

The other art I would like to introduce here is “Nine Leaves In the Wind” a giclee print by Denise Weaver Ross. The link to this image on her website is


Again, the reflection of sky in water creates a universe where top and bottom merge and become reversible. To me, the tendency is to fall into a sense of letting go of the conventional up and down orientation, and to merge into a kind of dream state, where rules of relationship are shifted.

So often in our dreams these kinds of perspectives are reorientated, where space and time become a continuum in perception.

More on the importance of Dreams to come…. Until then, please enjoy the works of my two artist friends, who incidentally completed the Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with me in the early 1980’s.





Have you ever tried to imagine that the sky was the ground and the ground was the sky? If you look at the sky in this way, you can begin to see the cloud formations as land masses, and the blue sky as the sea.


The feeling you get when you make this mind shift is somewhat disorienting, almost dizzying, but very much like the shift that is occurring on a daily basis all around me, as I try to make sense of world happenings, events, and occurrences.


To me, snow falling presents this kind of shift in the way you see everything. As the snow softly sifts down upon everyday objects, a new feeling resonates with the new orientation of a world covered in a blanket of white.


Because it is hard to explain this shift in consciousness in words, I have created a collage of my photographs that presents that shift, the shift of moving into perhaps another dimension, or of seeing common everyday reality with a different context, a different orientation.


Have you ever experienced what it is like to look at something from one perspective, then reorient the context of that event or object and feel as though you have passed “through the looking glass?”


This kind of shift in perception happens all the time in jazz music. The improvisation of most jazz pieces travels a path of ever shifting perspectives though chord progressions,rhythm changes and even tempo variations. If music can show shifting consciousness, then what does that look like in the visual world?


Can you think of an experience you may have had that changed the way you look at your everyday life? If so, please share your thoughts. I would love to hear them!

What’s really fun is to imagine this piece in an interior space. This image is created from cutting and pasting the photo collage image into a photograph of an interior space, using Photoshop.