This website is a repository of accounts, stories, excerpts and photographs from a variety of sources, not in the least from the local people, the original community members, their friends and relatives.

Every effort will be made to trace copyright holders and to obtain permission to reproduce images and text contained in this website but should any copyright remain unacknowledged then the author would be glad to hear from the holder(s).

Comments, contributions, and inquiries can be addressed to Els Hanappe at

Thank You

I am grateful to the below listed individuals for their support, contributions and insight:

Yannis Zervos, Dr. Kevin McGrath, Lazarus Siakos, Dimitris Antonitsis, Ann Rivers, Bjorn Saastad, Pandias and Lila Scaramangas, Alexis Bolens, Jill Piercy, Richard Vick, Panagiotis Rappas, Ina Fritsche, Dinnie Blair, Dina Adamopoulou, Georgios Koukoudakis, Alexis Veroukas, James Maynard. Maria Sarri, Konstantinos Papachristou, Athena and Catherine Gassoumis, Eberhard Ebern, Voula Livani, Maria Papageorgiou, Jordan Pfaff, Fredericka Hunter, Anthony Plant, Matina Dilaveri, Pantelis, Dr. Laurie Kain Hart, Natasha Heidsieck Mack, Jay Dover, Martin Tinney, Angela Connor, Dr. Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan, Ioanna Moraiti, Konstantinos Papachristou, Kerry Goodfellow, Maria Mamalinga, Louli Michaelidou, Nikos Megapanos, Evagoras Vryonidis, Terry Oldfield, Antonis Danos, Christopher Wagstaff, Brian and Valerie Sidaway, Nick Broomfield, Judy Scott, Janet Germano, Ina Fritsche, Terry Chamness, Denise Demians d’Archimbaud, Warren Wilmot Williams, Lucy Williams Morin, Thomas Morin-Williams.

The artists

The artists who worked and lived on Hydra are a prime source of information:

Angelika Freitag-Lialios, William Pownall, Robert Owen, Michael Fitzjames, Sergei Parkin, Jane Porter, John Jacobs, Adam Shapiro


Many individuals / organizations have already done great work in preserving the works and archives of established artists:

Estate of Brenda Chamberlain

The Norris Embry Estate, Paris, France,
General enquiries:

Sidney Nolan Trust, The Rodd, Presteigne, Radnorshire, Powys, Wales,

The Estate of John Craxton, United Kingdom,

The Estate of Demetri Gassoumis, United States,

Libraries and Archives

University at Buffalo Libraries, Special Collections, The Poetry Collection, Harry Jacobus Collection

Nikos and Angela Nikolaou archive at the National Bank Cultural Foundation (MIET), Athens

Demetri Gassoumis Archives at Historical Archives Museum of Hydra

Archives of The Ghika Gallery at the Benaki Museum, Athens

American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Gennadius Library, Rovertos Saragas Papers

Institute of Contemporary Greek Art (ISET), Athens

Library and Collection of The National Gallery at the Alexandros Soutzos Museum in Athens

Library and Collection of the Athens School of Fine Arts

Texas Gallery, Houston, TX, U.S.A.

Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

ARC ONE GALLERY, Melbourne, Australia

State Gallery of Contemporary Art, Municipality of Nicosia

The AWBZ-Visual Art Collection for Global Affairs Canada, Government of Canada

Many thanks go out to the Athens School of Fine Arts, which allowed me to stay in their historical and beautiful Hydra branch, the Tombazis Mansion, like so many of the artists before me.  

Photo Credits

Apostolos Karastergiou, Nerium Oleander (details), from the series ‘Flora, 2002-2003, watercolor on cutout  from drawing paper, Nikos Alexiou Collection.

Recent Posts