Bel-Jon with friends in Paris
Bel-Jon's birth

Family moves to Athens

Enters Superior School of Fine Arts in Athens

Receives BFA degree

Returns to Superior School of Fine Arts for his masters

First major exhibit

Takes a break and travels to Mt. Athos to study iconography

Receives MFA

Awards

Accepts position as professor at School Sophianopoulos in Athens
Paints and teaches private students on the side

Enters government service as the Private Secretary to the Minister of Education

Promoted to First Secretary of the Education Department, Director of Fine Arts

Given a scholarship from the Greek government to continue his studies in Paris.  
Attends L'Ecole des Beaux Artes and L'Ecole du Louvre.

Returns to Greece to serve in the Greek army in WWII

Wounded in action

Returns to government service

Paints and teaches private students on the side

Is offered a scholarship from the government of France.  He is given a three
year leave of absence to complete his studies

Continues at  L'Ecole des Beaux Artes and L'Ecole du Louvre.

Sails to NY with diplomatic visa and becomes the first post war Greek artist to arrive
in the US.

Reconnects with Jane Richardson Hanks and Nicholas Spiros in NY and Nicholas
Matsoukas who puts him in touch with Fox Studios in LA for a job.

Goes to LA and works for Fox Studios painting scenery

Meets Troy Kendall

Marries Troy in Reno on March 24, 1947

Begins experiments with metal

Sells first small "paintings" on aluminum

Athena Fotini Baloyannis was born

Arranges scholarship for Vasso to study at Bennington through Jane Hanks

Moves to San Francisco and gets jobs through the painters union

Vasso moves in with Troy, Athena and Nikos

Troy leaves Nikos and takes Athena back to LA

Nikos begins to work more steadily with Eckels and Clever painting murals, many
for movie theaters.

Paints murals for the famous Grauman's Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles

Forms short lived partnership with Don Clever

Early Studio and misc. art

Changes name to Nikos Bel-Jon

*   Burgermeister,  San Francisco, CA

*   St. Francis Hospital (2 murals), San Francisco, CA                       

*   Mystery Airplane, Oakland Airport

Troy and Athena return to San Francisco

Troy becomes an integral part in Bel-Jon's studio.  She essentially is his PR person
and agent.

Splits with Don Clever and opens his own studio

*   KaiserIndustries - 1951 - 1957

*   Mayor George Christopher, San Francisco, CA

*   Colonial Savings Bank, San Francisco, CA

Becomes United States citizen on November 5, 1952 and officially changes his name
to Nikos Bel-Jon

*   J. Edgar Hoover for the FBI

*  American Society for Metals - 7 murals

*   American Tansul

*   National Turkey Federation   

*   Continental Can - 5 murals 1953 - 1957

Bel-Jon's life in SF

*   Food Machinery & Chemical Headquarters, San Jose, CA

*   General Motors - 2 murals for Motorama Show

Rhea Panayiota Bel-Jon was born

Develops techniques for translucent mosaics

*   Mid 1950's Studio and misc art

*   Reynold's Metal - San Francisco, CA

*   Church of the Annunciation

*   Horizon Restaurant

*    Dr. & Mrs. Athanasiou

Family travels to Greece

*   Edgar Kaiser's home

*   Skaggs Pharmacies, Salt Lake City, Utah

*   Stewart Hotel - San Francisco, CA

*   Sturgis Posture Chairs, Sturgis, MI

*   Hunter Engineering, Riverside, CA

*   Tidewater Oil, Los Angeles, CA

*    "Athena" - the Bel-Jon car

*    Rand McNally, San Francisco, CA

*   Cartan Travel, San Francisco, CA

*  Late 1950's Studio and misc art

Expectations

Experiments with new techniques on stainless steel

Family leaves SF and travels cross country in "Athena"

Family arrives in NY long after planned, with no place to stay.

Troy finds their new home and studio in a old synagogue at 310 East 72nd Street

Studio opening

*   Pieta is loaned to Radio City Music Hall

*   NY Studio pieces

*    National Steel, Chrysler Building, NY, NY

*    Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Headquarter Lobby, 42nd Street, NY, NY

*   Dr. & Mrs. George Petropoulos, Potomac, MD

*    Drocenes Restaurant, Baltimore, MD

*   Town and Country Travel, San Francisco, CA

*   AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute - Installed in the Museum of Science and
Industry in Chicago, IL

*   US Steel - Pittsburgh, PA

*   Goose Bay Air Force Base, Newfoundland, Canada and other Ariston
collaborations

*   Morristown Steel, New Brunswick, NJ

*   Royal Greek Consulate, NY, NY

*   Rand McNally, San Francisco, CA

Bel-Jon is awarded the "Order of Phoenix" medal by the Hellenic Republic



Air India

Bel-Jons move to a carriage house at 159 East 69th Street

Bel-Jon is awarded the "Order of Phoenix" medal by the Hellenic Republic


Nikos Bel-Jon's career comes to an early end when he dies at the age of 55.
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Bel-Jon with friends in the new Maiden Lane Studio
Bel-Jon in the US
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Portrait of Bel-Jon by good friend and photographer Lucille Dandelet
Bel-Jon on patrol
Scout troup - Bel-Jon is the center scout on the ground
Troy Kendal
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New York
NIKOS BEL-JON - HIS LIFE AND ART
Click       for life event details and        for mural details                                   Click pictures for larger view - Hit backspace to return                                    
Watercolor sketch for painting by Bel-Jon
Oil painting by Bel-Jon - now in Athens
Young Bel-Jon at the beach
Landscape Oil painting by Bel-Jon - now in Athens
Oil painting by Bel-Jon of brother Achileas
Oil painting by Bel-Jon - In Athens now
Oil painting by Bel-Jon - now in Athens
Bel-Jon at the monasteries on Mt. Athos
Bel-Jon's mother Panayiota
Young Bel-Jon
Bel-Jon in Valtesiniko
Young artist at work
Bel-Jon with his sister Kiki and brother in law Christos
Young artist at work
Bel-Jon in Valtesiniko
Young Bel-Jon
Bel-Jon travelling
Bel-Jon in Paaris
Bel-Jon rock climbing (note the street shoes)
Bel-Jon on his way to Paris
Bel-Jon with his sister Kiki
Bel-Jon in Paris
Bel-Jon in France
Bel-Jon and friends
Pen and ink on paper by Bel-Jon
Map of Bel-Jon's journies through the monastaries of Mt. Athos from his journal
Bel-Jon's illustrated journal from Mt Athos
Nikos with monk at Mt. Athos
Bel-Jon at Mt Athos
Bel-Jon and friends at Mt Athos
Bel-Jon at Mt Athos
Bel-Jon at Mt. Athos
1934 article in Greek newspaper
Photo of early painting by Bel-Jon
Pen and ink on paper by Bel-Jon
Pen and ink of monks by Bel-Jon
1929 Superior School of Fine Arts identification
1934 Greek article
Bel-Jon and friends
Oil painting by Bel-Jon - now in Athens
First Exhibit
1935 Superior School of Fine Arts identification
Bel-Jon's 1939 Beaux Arts Laissez Passer
Bel-Jon's 1939 Beaux Arts Laissez Passer
1936 exhibit at Gallery Parnasus, Athens Greece
1939 Exhibit
1939 Exhibit
Out side of Bel-Jon's 1939 French identity card
Bel-Jon's 1939 Carte D'eleves from the Louvre (inside)
Bel-Jon after injury
Oil paiinting by Bel-Jon - now in Athens
Bel-Jon's 1939 course card from the Louvre
Bel-Jon with girlfriend Moune
Bel-Jon's 1939 Cartes D'eleves from the Louvre (outside)
Bel-Jon's 1939 course card from the Louvre
1939 French identity card
Bel-Jon in NY
Colored pencil and paper sketch by Bel-Jon
Gouache sketch for Modern Man by Bel-Jon
Oil painting by Bel-Jon
Oil painting by Bel-Jon
Detail of Melancholia  - Oil painting by Bel-Jon
Bel-Jon with Melancholia
Watercolor and charcoal sketch for oil painting by Bel-Jon
Oil painting by Bel-Jon
The Bel-Jon's
Oil painting on paper by Bel-Jon
Watercolorsketch for oil painting by Bel-Jon
Watercolor pen and ink sketch by Bel-Jon
Colored pencil and paper drawing in card to Troy by Bel-Jon
Oil painting by Bel-Jon
Watercolor sketch for oil painting by Bel-Jon
Gouache for oil painting by Bel-Jon
Telephone Still Life Pen and ink
Bel-Jon with oil painting of two nudes
Gouche sketch for oil painting by Bel-Jon
Water color sketch for oil painting
Oil painting by Bel-Jon
Bel-Jon with fellow art students
Bel-Jon in the Greek army
WWII
Bel-Jon with fellow soldiers
Bel-Jon with fellow soldiers
Bel-Jon's 1939 French identity card
Bel-Jon with sister Vasso
WWII
Bel-Jon with fellow soldiers
Bel-Jon on patrol
Bel-Jon and friends at the beach
Bel-Jon and fellow soldier
Bel-Jon recuperating in Athens hospital
In hospital after being wounded in the leg
Bel-Jon with mother and sister Kiki
Bel-Jon with mother Panayiota and friends
Troy and Bel-Jon in Reno
Gouache sketch for Melancholia by Bel-Jon
Bel-Jon outside of theater where he painted murals
Melancholia - Brushed aluminum by Bel-Jon
Bel-Jon outside theater where he painted murals with Athena
Troy and Bel-Jon
Troy Bel-Jon
Bel-Jon with Vasso and brother in law Tryphon
Vasso Baloyanni
eARLY cHRISTMAS
Bel-Jon with Athena
Colored pencil and paper by Bel-Jon
The Bel-Jon family
Brother in law and close friend Tryphon Nichols
Goauche sketch of St. Catherine by Bel-Jon
The Bel-Jon family
Bel-Jon with his brother in law Tryphon Nichols.  They became good friends at Fox Studios
Bel-Jon Troy and Athena
The Bel-Jon's at a party
Burgermeister mural - Brushed aluminum by Nikos Bel-Jon (Also signed by Don Clever)
Burgermeister mural - Brushed aluminum with colored lights by Nikos Bel-Jon (Also signed by Don Clever)
Airplane interior - Brushed aluminum by Bel-Jon
Airplane interior - Brushed aluminum by Bel-Jon - with Bel-Jon and Don Clever
St. Francis Hospital Mural - Brushed Aluminum by Bel-Jon (also signed by Don Clever)
Burgermeister mural today - Brushed aluminum by Nikos Bel-Jon (Also signed by Don Clever)
Burgermeister mural - Brushed aluminum with colored lights by Nikos Bel-Jon (Also signed by Don Clever)
Letter about the Grauman's mural with Athena's name
Grauman's Egyptian mural
Bel-Jon and Jane Richardson daughter of Professor Leon Richardson
Village Greek Easter
Bel-Jon with friend in the country - note the briefcase
Baloyannnis family
Young Bel-Jon
Bel-Jon in Valtesiniko with friends
Bel-Jon and fellow students
Bel-Jon and friends
Bel-Jon and friends
Bel-Jon with friend
Pencil and paper sketch by Bel-Jon
Oil painting by Bel-Jon
Pen and ink on paper by Bel-Jon
Bel-Jon and fellow students in Paris 1939
Career in
Greece
Young Bel-Jon
Brother Demetrius (Mimis)
Kiki Baloyanni in traditional costume
Bel-Jon and friends
Bel-jon with his sisters Vasso and Kiki in Athens
Sketch of mother Panayiota Baloyannis
Bel-Jon's youth
Bel-Jon's youth
Bel-Jon's youth
Bel-Jon's youth
Bel-Jon's youth
Meets Troy Kedal
Departure for USA
Paris
Mt Athos
First Exhibit
Master of Fine Arts
Fine Arts School
Abstract Woman With a Basket by Bel-Jon with colored lights
The Bel-Jon's with baby Athena
Partnership with Clever
WW II
Separation
First experiments with metal
New York
Return to Paris
Arabian Girl - Brushed Aluminum by Nikos Bel-Jon
Oil Portrait by Bel-Jon - now in Athens museum
Card from Don Clever's studio
Bel-Jon and Clever working on a mural
PR announcement for Metallic Arts studio
Announcement for the new partnership Metallic Arts between Bel-Jon and Clever partnership
Oil painting by Bel-Jon - now in Athens
Oil painting by Bel-Jon
Bel-Jon's life in SF in the early 50's
Portrait of J. Edgar Hoover for the FBI by Bel-Jon - Brushed Aluminum  with colored lights
Portrait of J. Edgar Hoover for the FBI by Bel-Jon - Brushed Aluminum  with colored lights
Portrait of J. Edgar Hoover for the FBI by Bel-Jon - Brushed Aluminum  with colored lights
Close up of portrait of J. Edgar Hoover for the FBI by Bel-Jon - Brushed Aluminum  today
Close up of portrait of J. Edgar Hoover for the FBI by Bel-Jon - Brushed Aluminum today
Portrait of J. Edgar Hoover for the FBI by Bel-Jon - Brushed Aluminum
Close up of portrait of J. Edgar Hoover for the FBI by Bel-Jon - Brushed Aluminum today
Close up of portrait of J. Edgar Hoover for the FBI by Bel-Jon - Brushed Aluminum - today
St. Francis Hospital #2 by Bel-Jon - Brushed Aluminum
Mt. Athos
Early Studio and miscellaneous works
Portrait of J. Edgar Hoover by Bel-Jon
Colonial Savings Bank mural by Bel-Jon
Supervisor - later Governor George Christopher by Bel-Jon
Kaiser Chalmette by Bel-Jon
Mystery Airplane by Bel-Jon
St. Francis Hospital, 2 murals by Bel-Jon
Burgermesiter - San Francisco Brewery by Bel-Jon
Horizon Restaurant details
Church of the Annunciation
Reynold's Metals
Bel-Jon's life in SF in the early 50's
Kaiser Chalmette mural by Bel-Jon with colored lights
Kaiser Chalmette mural by Bel-Jon with colored lights
Kaiser Chalmette mural by Bel-Jon with colored lights
Kaiser Chalmette mural by Bel-Jon with colored lights
Kaiser Chalmette mural by Bel-Jon with colored lights
Kaiser Chalmette mural by Bel-Jon at the opening of the Chalmetter LA aluminum plant
Bel-Jon and Gianaris with Kaiser Chalmette mural
Bel-Jon with Henry kaiser in fron of the Chalmette mural at the opening of the Chalmette plant
Bel-Jon with Christopher mural before campaign rally
Bel-Jon and Christopher with mural under colored lights
Bel-Jon and Christopher with mural under colored lights
Bel-Jon and Christopher with mural under colored lights
Bel-Jon and Christopher with mural under colored lights
Abstract Woman With a Basket by Bel-Jon with colored lights
Abstract Woman With a Basket by Bel-Jon with colored lights
Interlocking Circles by Bel-Jon
Victorian Woman by Bel-Jon
Dancers by Bel-Jon
In The Tomb by Nikos Bel-Jon
Modern Man I by Bel-Jon
Modern Man II by Bel-Jon - Maiden Lane studio door
Modern Man II by Bel-Jon Maiden Lane studio door
Modern Man II by Bel-Jon Maiden Lane studio door
Modern Man II by Bel-Jon Maiden Lane studio door
St Catherine and  Bel-Jon unlit
St Catherine by Bel-Jon with colored lights
St Catherine by Bel-Jon with colored lights
St Catherine and  Bel-Jon with colored lights
St Catherine by Bel-Jon with colored lights
St Catherine by Bel-Jon with colored lights
St Catherine by Bel-Jon with colored lights
Bel-Jon with Melancholia
Melancholia by Bel-Jon
Victorian Woman II by Bel-Jon
Victorian Woman II by Bel-Jon
Guitar Still Life (Geometric) by Bel-Jon
Guitar Still Life (Geometric) by Bel-Jon
Guitar Still Life (Multi Form) by Bel-Jon
Guitar Still Life (Multi Form) by Bel-Jon
Guitar Still Life I (faceted) by Bel-Jon
Nude by Bel-Jon (In background of photo)
Gianaris Nude by Bel-jon
Josephine Baker by bel-Jon
Faces II by Bel-Jon
Faces II by Bel-Jon
Faces I by Bel-Jon
Rearing Horse and Ancient Ships by Bel-Jon
Ancient Ships by Bel-Jon
Rearing Horse by Bel-Jon
Ballerina en Pointe by Bel-Jon
Ballerina en Pointe by Bel-Jon
Ballerina en Pointe by Bel-Jon with colored lights
Ballerina en Pointe by Bel-Jon with colored lights
Ballerina en Pointe by Bel-Jon with colored lights