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Maria Pierides

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Birthplace
Athens

Website

Tags
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 pieridesmaria@me.com 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

October 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 

23-29th September 2014 Creek Creative, Faversham, Kent

13-26th August 2014 The Somerset Maughan Gallery, Whistable , Kent

July 2013 The Fish Slab Gallery, Whistable, Kent

September 2012 Ithaca lll was pre-selected for the Threadneedle Prize

August 2012 The Somerset Maughan Gallery, Whitstable, Kent

January 2012 Nucleus Arts, Rochester, Kent

February 2012 Parallax AF Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London

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

Februaury 2011 The Deaf Cat, Rochester, Kent

Publications

Painting and Cover Design for In the Garden of Absence 2013   http://fruitdovepress.com/in-the-ga...

 "Joy" Bending Light Magazine issue 3 2006

"Yellow" British Journal of Photography 2006

 

 

 

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