Artist Statement

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‘ ANGELS ‘

My inspiration to create the series of ‘Angels’ derives from my desire to communicate the idea that all of us are carriers of universalmessages.All this work under the name ‘Angels’ conserns the angelic side of our human nature.It portrays ordinary people, men, women, children, aged women and black men, all of them with wings, as angels.My intention is to make evident that the superior characteristics which are attributed to angels could be elements of our human behavior.

The need to communicate these thoughts was so intense that I created huge drawings in my studio in order to transfer them in a public outdoor instalation.I drew the originals using charcoal on hard paper.Their exaggerated dimension implies their internal strength wlile they are floating provocatively in a white vacant space.With this group of black and white giants I tried to approach representation through the influence of renascence and Japanese paintigs with a synchronous view.

As a next step, I was led to digital transparencies because I wanted to place these drawings in such a way so that there will be an absolute match with the environment and avoid the competitive relation between them.So high do the resolution prints rest on transparent polycarbonate materials next to huge buildings that you can see the building through the angel and vice versa.This dipole develops a conversation between existence and illusion and extends on an equivalent dialogue between contemporary and classical expressive means.

As soon as my drawings obtained their digital version I couldn’t resist discovering their new aspect and a new series was born with different characteristics.I combined them with photos I had made.Each angel matched with a special photo and the result reminded me the vision I had when I was drawing the original.This version of the angel series was also printed on Plexiglass.By keeping a space round 5cm when mounted on the wall, the light can be passable and the shadows create a third dimension.

The use of transparency materializes the third dimension in the space.Finally what I experience by employing classical means and technology is absolutely exciting, a Homeric journey, the result has an elasticity that demands its own aesthetic attributes, while pure painting keeps its dominant strength.

 

 

 

 

 

‘ MATHS AND PAINTING’

I want my paintings to be an open window on the wall;I want them to be a silent source of positive energy in the space.

I believe that happiness comes when logic and feelings are perfectly balanced and my paintings are the visual transfer of this condition, by using Euclidean geometry and pure colors.

I choose mathematic harmonious dimensions for the length and the height of a painting surface and then I analyze it by using the golden mean.I create a grid upon which I compose the picture I have in my mind.Actually I am a repesentative artist, but when I want to visualize an abstract meaning, then my paintings become more geometrical more abstract.

This pursuit of harmony through which mathematics and color can be transformed into the carrier of my feelings and my most sincere thoughts, is what really fascinates me when I face the white surface of a canvas.

 

 

 

 

 

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