Thessaloniki Art Exhibition 2017



Project Meet The Artist 2017

My first participation in a Thessaloniki Art Exhibition 2017 looks so exciting! Twenty artists (chosen from 266 portfolios sent) will be showing their work! The exhibition project will run for three consecutive days, from September 14 through September 16.

The artists presented will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the Thessalonian art lovers and discuss with them their work. 



Thessaloniki Art Exhibition 2017

My Paintings

In this Exhibition, I am participating with nine works: two of them are oil paintings (on canvas, one of them is mixed media), while the rest are either gouache on paper or mixed media on paper (gouache and ink). My intent was not to only show diversity in materials used, but to also build a bridge between older and newer paintings. This way, the viewer can understand more about the development of my style.

Koritsi me Louloudi (Girl With Flower) 

Original oil painting (mixed media) on canvas. 

Year: 1994.

Dimensions: 80 x 100 cm (H x W).


Inana 

Original oil painting on canvas.

Year: 1989.

Dimensions: 90 x 60 cm (H x W).


In Red

Original painting. Gouache on paper.

Year: 2007.

Dimensions: 35 x 48 cm (H x W).

A woman-a child-in a simple gesture of innocence: the acceptance gesture. Eons of grief are left as marks on the face. The figure seems to stand in front of a window leading into the sky: this sky is dark blue at the left, and pitch black at the right. The figure stands on firm ground, but is drenched in red: the color of blood.

Click on the link above for more information about the painting In Red.


Little Girl I

Original painting. Gouache on paper. 

Year: 2002.

Dimensions: 35 x 25 cm (H x W).


The "Three Little Girls" were created together, in 2002, and the inspiration was the theater play written by Pablo Picasso under the title "Four Little Girls".

The seemingly disconnected language of the girls in the play, reinforces the cruelty of war against their innocence.

As in the play, the Little Girls here do not show their loveliness and innocence: the cruelty of war is depicted in the grimaces of their faces. Furthermore, their hands are either "cut off" or trying desperately to find and hold on steady roots of the ground.

Little Girl I is dressed up in in an orange-red dress: the red comes mainly from her face that appears almost drenched in blood. She has no real eyes or mouth: just three black lines connected with her clutch hands and feet, also in black. Furthermore, her eyes stem from a black crown, rigid and heavy as steel. There are flowers around her, in the garden, but she does not notice any of the surrounding beauty. Her body, filled with hollows and edgy lines, moves like a robot: yes, she is THE robot-girl.

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Little Girl II

Original painting. Gouache on paper. 

Year: 2002.

Dimensions: 35 x 25 cm (H x W).

In Little Girl II, the face is a total grimace: mouth and eyes are like black holes supported by an iron "wiring". The same wiring has replaced the disfigured left arm while extending in the surrounding area. The right hand, totally non proportional, has no fingers: black wires stem from the place where fingers should be. The torso is black and blood runs from the neck down to the belly area. The feet are almost non-visible, as they have become part of the dress: a mixture of blue, green, orange and black. The sense of absolute terror and desolation is all that remains.

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Little Girl III

Original painting. Gouache on paper.

Year: 2002.

Dimensions: 35 x 25 cm (H x W).

In Little Girl III, the dark power of transformation has completed its task. What is left, is a little girl with no real face: half of it still has some skin, however her left eye is hollow. The right half of the face is an ugly and wicked mask in blue and white. The mouth is a black line that seems to puke from the left side. Her dress is red: yes, she remembers that she used to wear a beautiful red velvet dress. The black wiring, that was used to support her head, has turned into seemingly normal black hair. Her left arm has remained disfigured and, in the place of her heart, there is the sign of a black cross: "her" cross to carry for life.

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The Musicians

Original painting. Mixed media on paper (gouache and ink).

Year: 2008. 

Dimensions: 35 x 49cm (H x W).

The Musicians is a gouache/ink work influenced by the art of Ancient Greek vases and the Byzantine ikons. The metallic colors of gold and silver are best brought to life when the painting is placed under dim light: a technique used in the Greek Orthodox churches for meditative reasons.


PORTRAIT OF MY MOTHER I

Original painting. Mixed media on paper (gouache and ink).

Year: 2002. 

Dimensions: 48 x 35 cm (H x W).

A portrait inspired by a youth photograph of my mother. To illustrate the suffocating milieu in which she grew up, I have used symbolism  in several ways: a "frame" around the figure (half in gold and half in black and white); "arrows" pointing at her; Japanese style hair needles; "wires" penetrating her face, skull, hair, breast, and hands; a golden mask covering her right eye. Finally, her left hand reaching out, trying to escape the frame set around her, almost bleeding. 


PORTRAIT OF MY MOTHER II  

Original painting. Mixed media on paper (gouache and ink).

Year: 2003. 

Dimensions: 49 x 35 cm (H x W).

A portrait inspired by a youth photograph of my mother.  The Byzantine/ikon technique of using gold has been applied here:  the effect is stunning when the painting is placed under dim light (as in the Greek Orthodox churches where ikons are lit mainly by candle light).