“I am a figurative sculptor who likes to work in portraiture and the human form. Working in clay, plaster, stone or wax, the figure is my vehicle of expression. My goal is to utilize a creative language to express clearly my emotional response to the human condition. Approaching the human figure with great respect, I enjoy all stages of creation including the search, struggle, and discoveries. Some time I make a fast maquette to catch a fleeting thought, but most of the time when an idea has fermented in my mind, I get right to making the armature. All the excitement and passion is poured into the actual piece. Greek art is a strong influence. I grew up in Athens where sculpture was very visible in my everyday life and had a profound effect in my awareness and love of art.”
From realism to impressionism to explorations of expressionism, Ellen Pavlakos works in clay, plaster, stone, and other contemporary materials, casting most of her work in bronze. The figure is her vehicle of expression There is a continuing thread of concern with human emotions through most of her work. Through a link to the classical Greek, a positive feeling of the human experience and glorification of life communicates directly to the viewer.
Ellen Pavlakos’ commitment of art began with studies at the Arsakeion in Athens, Greece, her birthplace. She grew up where sculpture was very visible in her everyday life. Playing around archaic sculptures and steles of classical grave reliefs in Kerameikos, had a profound effect on her awareness and love of art. In the U.S. she studied under Bruno Lucchesi and Ruth Nickelson at the National Academy of Design, New York, NY, 2980-1981. Also at the Norton Museum School of Art, Palm Beach, Florida, under Luis Montoya, 1976-1979. Pavlakos has exhibited and competed in many statewide and national competitions, as well as in Paris, France, Athens and Thessalonica, Greece, and Nicosia, Cyprus.
Pavlakos Art in Public Places
WELCOMING JESUS Holy Name of Jesus, Catholic Church, Indialantic, Florida
STEPHEN GIRARD MONUMENT Girard College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
THE FLAME KEEPER Space Education Center at Kennedy Space Center, Florida
LAND APHRODITE 1994 Chamber of fine Arts in Nicosia, Cyprus
FLORIDA WATERS Satellite Beach Library, Satellite Beach, Florida
THE YOUNG SCIENTIST Nature Reserve, Polk County, Florida
MOTHER EARTH City of Athens, Greece
INTERLUDE Penakotheke, Athens, Greece
KNOWLEDGE FROM A to Z Central Brevard Library, Cocoa, Florida
SCALING THE CHARTS International Business Park, Heathrow, Florida
THE HARRY T. MOORE MONUMENT Titusville Social Service Center, Titusville,Florida
MOTHER and CHILD Holmes Medical Center, Melbourne, Florida