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A painting like no other

by George J. Reclos

I don't claim to have an eye for art, nor that I am an expert. I have read about it, visited a number of museums, admired the work of the great painters and that is about it. However, I do know what I like when I see it. A couple of years ago, I happened to visit the webpage of a new Italian artist, Kho Sante (at www.kho.it ) and I was fascinated when I say a painting of a fish called "Pesce" (presumably it mean "fish" in Italian). Nice and neat white lines on a black background. I am sure you can guess the next step. I immediately e-mailed him and asked for his permission to use this painting as the logo of our site. Kho, answered by return mail that he didn't have any objection as long as the website was not a commercial one.

Time passed by and it was this summer in Syros island, when I was looking at Francesco's MCH T-shirt (featuring this logo) that I wondered what would happen if someone acquired the original painting and therefore demanded that we stopped using this as our logo. The rational thing to do is to stop thinking about it. However, the thought was too strong and in such cases, usually the worse happens.. So, when I got back to Athens, I just e-mailed Kho again and asked to buy the original painting. I guess we were both very happy to close the deal on the spot. A week later, I received an envelope sent from Italy ..

The painting.. I feel like an art collector - with just one art item to show !! But what an item !

I must confess that it didn't take long to decide which is the right place for this painting. The logo of MCH could only be placed over the Web Awards of MCH. No need to say that I am really happy to see it there. I am sure that if the painting could express any feelings, it would be happy to be there, too.

It may sound like an advertisement but - of course - it isn't. After visiting Kho's online gallery I decided that I will just get some company to my "Pesce" in the near future..

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