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Maria Pierides

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photography, landscape, mixed-media, abstract

artist statement



In my paintings, I render in colour the stories of the physical and emotional landscapes that formed my experience of being born in Greece and then growing up in England and Cyprus.

The actual process of my painting relates to this theme, as I use mixed media, building up and scraping back areas of paint to capture the atmosphere, mass, and light of the landscapes I am trying to represent. In my series ‘The Gloaming,’ I explore ways of bringing these landscapes together and play with the similarities and contrasts: How being caught between two time perspectives – the Eastern Mediterranean is two hours ahead of England – two different kinds of light, two different cultures, results in both a feeling of richness and diversity of experience as well as a search for rootedness in the moment and in space.

Dusk and the changes in light between sunset and darkness, capture this feeling of ‘homelessness’ and search for ‘home.’ On the other hand, in the plays of light, in exploring ways of translating experiences and representing them in paint on the canvas, there is a liberating beauty too. In my ‘Ithaca’ series, inspired by the Greek Poet Konstantinos Kavafis’ poem ‘Ithaca,’ I follow the theme further exploring different possibilities of rootedness/rootlessness and the riches of the search for home.

My later series, ‘Time and Tide’ takes the theme further to a broader exploration of the temporal nature of human experience and its relationship with nature and the recent addition of gold leaf and metal in my work is inspired by some time spent in Venice, visiting the Biennale and Greek iconography.

Please do email me at if you are interested in buying any of the above paintings or would like to discuss a commision.

Studied at Goldmiths, The Central School of Speech and Drama and University Of Hertsfordshire

Recent Exhibitions and News

2015 FPS Unfixed, Espacio Gallery, London

2015 Bentlif Open Art Prize, Maidstone Museum

2015 The Underwater Dream has been shortlisted for the Bentlif Open Art Prize

2015 I have been offered a residency at stiwdiomaelor in North Wales. I will be there next September 2015

 2014 4 of my paintings have been selected for the FPS open exhibition at The Menier Gallery, Southwark, London http://www.freepaintersandsculptors...

 2014 An Elaborate Dream had been selected for publication in Art has No Borders iArtBook 101 Abstract and Non-Figurative Artworks

2014 La Galleria, Pall Mall, London

2014 The Underwater Dream: Selected Finalist for the East West Art Award Competition. To be included in the exhibition at La Galleria, Pall Mall, London 

2014  The Gloaming, Creek Creative, Faversham

2014  Time and Tide, The Somerset Maughan Gallery, Whistable 

2013 The Fish Slab Gallery, Whistable

2012 Ithaca lll was pre-selected for the Threadneedle Prize

2012  Journey, The Somerset Maughan Gallery, Whitstable

2012 Nucleus Arts, Rochester

2012 Parallax AF Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London 

2011 Parallax AF Art Fair, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London

2011 The Deaf Cat, Rochester

2005 The Invited Cinema, Brixton, London

2004 Hotel Zur Post, Ammersee, Bavaria

Paintings in Private Collections in the Uk, Ireland and Germany


Painting 'Port Isaac Golden Light' for the cover of the book of short stories 'The Heart and its Reasons', Pierides, S (Fruit Dove Press, 2014)

Painting and cover design for the award winning poetry book In the Garden of Absence, Pierides, S. (Fruit Dove Press, 2012).  

Haiku Society of America Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards 2013 (3rd place, for books published in 2012) (

 'Joy' Bending Light Magazine issue 3 2006

'Yellow' British Journal of Photography 2006






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