Maniot Towers


60 x 60cm. An important aspect of Maniot culture was its feuds. Usually, the decision to start a feud was made at a family [clan] gathering. The main aim of a feud was usually to wipe out the other family. The families involved taking any opportunity to murdered members of the opposing family. Such feuds were about land, power but more frequently prestige. The aim of a family battle tower some 4-5 stores high was to annihilate both the tower and the males of the other family by smashing the roof with all available weaponry & hopefully its occupants.

 A ringing of the family Church bells would signal the start of a feud. The other families in the village sensibly locked themselves in their towers by way of not getting involved, or by departing the village.

 Vendettas could last for years. During a vendetta, the warring families could have a temporary truce for example to attend a religious ceremony or to harvest their crops. As soon as this was finished, the killing could resume. Vendettas usually ended when one family was exterminated or when the defeated family left the town. Sometimes families came to terms and stopped their vendetta. Curiously the women were safe from attack and got on with life. Feuds ended either with total annihilation of the males or by surrender with terms attached but continued life in the village.

 The last feud in 1870 was in the village of Kitta was finished only by the intervention of an army battalion.

From battle towers to holiday homes Southern Greece. Painted 2009 


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The artist PK [Phil Kendall] has a personal vision & ambition for his unique art. His preferred medium is professional grade acrylic paints and inks which are sourced from across the world. They enable him to deliver the bold, vibrant colours of his art-vision. These acrylics also deliver the iridescent and metallic finishes which his abstract art exploits. His preferred surface is a pure white stretched canvas. His technique is best described as direct painting putting but one colour in one brush-stroke on the canvas, then moving on to the next area of colour. This produces artworks with beautifully executed bold blocks full of vibrant colours. His art-style is one best described as art being cut down to the essence of the subject. This often results in a colourful technical-drawing inspired image where the subject is the principle component of the artwork with the landscape & sky being subordinate to the subject. 

He strives through his paintings to convey grace, elegance & lost beauty in subjects that have inspired him to produce his impression of them. His aim is also to capture & crystallize a memory as a unique and original work of art. 

Old architectural subjects will always feature in his art. The subjects chosen are usually in a sad state of repair. PK's art-vision sees the simple elegance that once existed in those old buildings and doorways. His artworks pay homage to the original skilled craftsmen who built them. 

The colourful abstracts are derived from travels through his imagination taking a twist on: a topic, a phrase, a line from a song, a poem, a building or a place visited. Greek mythology is also an inspiration for many of his abstract artworks. In these abstract artworks; shapes, curves, lines, textures and objects collide with metallic & iridescent paint finishes. 

He works comfortably from a photomontage [several photos of a subject] rather than just a single sketch