Solitary Dove, 1983
Initially, Karas wanted to engage in political sciences and so registered at the Panteio School of Political Science; this, however, he quickly abandoned, to study at the Athens School of Fine Arts and subsequently at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. In the early works which he produced after his arrival in Paris in 1957, his thinking about the rendering of the object and its positioning in space is already traceable, as the outer picture, detached from the earthy, conventional framing, belongs within a new reality, beyond the natural, in the sphere of the transcendental. With outstanding capabilities in design and a profound knowledge of the old painterly values, the artist went beyond the function of the objects in their appointed environment and their static space to create a form of painting which suggests poetry and magic. Vases of flowers, fruit, leaves, birds hover in a boundless and indeterminate space, which is non-realistic, since the stabilising lines of the ground are absent. The diffuse limpidity which limits the modelling of the form, the simple, almost monochrome, tonicity, the clear, but often chill, drawing provide a view of phenomena beyond natural vision.