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Maria Pierides

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Sea, and hill, and wood, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas © Maria Pierides
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Of Ancient Mountain, Exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas 80x100cm © Maria Pierides
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Of Ancient Mountain ll, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas 70x100cm © Maria Pierides
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St Davids, Land and Sea, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas
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Beneath the cliffs, Boundless seas ll, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas © Maria Pierides
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Beneath the cliffs, Boundless seas, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas © Maria Pierides
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Dowry Shortlisted for the EWAAC art award, 2015 Cement, Sand, Acrylic, Gold Leaf 40x40x4 © Maria Pierides
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Dowry 2, 2015 Concrete, Gold Leaf, Acrylic, Oil 37x37 © maria Pierides
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Early morning, mist over Corris, 2015 Oil, Acrylic, Slate 20x20cm © maria Pierides
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Early morning mist, Lake Tal-Y-Lyn, 2016 Photography, Digital © Maria Pierides
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Pond Galaxy, 2015 Photography © maria Pierides
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Hirwaun, A storm brewing, 2014 Oil, Acrylic, Slate, Metal and Sawdust © maria Pierides
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Full Moon Raging Sea (SOLD), 2014 Mixed Media on Canvas 90 X 70 X 4 Centimeters © maria pierides
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The Underwater Dream, shortlisted for the EWAAC Art Award and Bentliff Art Prize, 2014 Mixed Media on Canvas 40x40cm © maria pierides
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Full Moon Silent Sea, 2014 Mixed Media on Canvas 40x40 Cm © maria pierides
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Welsh Hill Misty Morning, 2011 Mixed Media 70x100cm
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Wet Seaweed Shuffle, 2015 Photography © Maria Pierides
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Photography, Digital © Maria Pierides
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Ithaca lll Longlisted for the ThreadNeedle Prize, 2011 Mixed Media 90x120cm © Maria Pierides
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Ithaca ll, 2010 Mixed Media 90x120cm © Maria Pierides
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Ithaca Shortlisted for the British Women Artists Competition, 2010 Mixed Media 40x40cm © Maria Pierides
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Golden Light Aegean Sea (SOLD), 2010 Mixed Media 50x70cm © Maria Pierides
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An Elaborate Dream SOLD in aid of Creative Collective for Refugee Relief, 2014 Oil, Acrylic, Sand, Metal 40x40cm © maria Pierides
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Greek from Ancient Times, 2011 Mixed Media 70x100cm © Maria Pierides
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Along the Cliff Edges (SOLD), 2014 Mixed Media on Canvas 30x50cm © maria pierides
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Slate Dust, Sawdust, Oil, Acrylic © maria Pierides
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The underwater walk (SOLD), 2014 Mixed Media on Canvas 60x60cm © maria Pierides
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An Underwater Dream, 2014 Photography, Oil, Acrylic, Slate Dust, Gold Leaf 40x40cm © Maria Pierides
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Fog at Sea (SOLD), 2014 Mixedmedia on Canvas 60x60cm © maria Pierides
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Full moon Liquid Gold Oil, Acrylic, Slate Dust 40x40cm © maria Pierides
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Cyprus limestone, Cyprus gathering 2, 2015
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Golden limestone, Cyprus gathering, 2015 Oil, Acrylic, Cyprus Limestone on Canvas 40x40cm © Maria Pierides
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Untitled (SOLD), 2012 Mixed Media on Canvas 50x70cm © Maria Pierides
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We hear him in our dreams (SOLD), August 2012 Mixed Media on Canvas 60x60cm © Maria Pierides
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We hear him in our Dreams ll (SOLD), 2013 Mixed Media 40x4cm © Maria Pierides
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In Between Darkness and Light, 2009 Mixed Media 90x120cm © Maria Pierides
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The Gloaming , 2009 (SOLD) Acrylic 80x100cm © Maria Pierides
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The Sea , 2008 Mixed Media on Canvas 90x120cm © maria Pierides
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The Gloaming ll, 2009 (SOLD) Acrylic 70x100cm © Maria Pierides
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Long Summers Day, Small Boat, 2014 Mixed Media on Canvas 40x40cm © maria Pierides
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Long Summers Day Rolling Hills (SOLD), 2014 Mixed Media on Canvas 40x40cm © maria Pierides
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Sailing boats Gentle sway, 2011 Mixed Media 30x50cm © Maria Pierides
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Silent Sea , 2011 (SOLD) Mixed Media on Canvas 50x50cm © Maria Pierides
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Long Summers Evening, Turquoise sky, 2014 Mixed Media on Canvass 50x40cm © maria Pierides
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Silent Sea ll (SOLD), 2012 Mixed Media on Canvas 30x50cm © Maria Pierides
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Untitled SOLD, November 2012 Mixed Media on Canvas 60x60cm © Maria Pierides
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Mixed Media on Canvas 40x40cm © Maria Pierides
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Together, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 70x100cm © maria Pierides
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Driving Rain over cliffs (SOLD), 2012 Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 40x40cm © Maria Pierides
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Mixed Media on Canvas 60x60cm © Maria Pierides
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Golden Light Aegean Sea, 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 70 X 50 X 4 Centimeters © Maria Pierides
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So Far Away, Fan Gyhirych , 2012 Oil and Acrylic Paint on Canvas 50x70cm © Maria Pierides
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Port Isaac Golden Light (SOLD), 2008 Acrylic 70x100cm © maria Pierides
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Acrylic 20x30cm © Maria Pierides
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Book cover for the award winning book"In the Garden of Absence" © Maria Pierides
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Ink and Oil Paint on Paper A4 © Maria Pierides
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Ink and Oil Paint on Paper A4 © Maria Pierides
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Athens
Tags
abstract, mixed-media, landscape, photography
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 Byzantine iconography.

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

Recent Exhibitions and News

2016

Winter Open, Oriel Q, Narbeth, Wales

Small Objects of Desire, King Stret Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales

‚ÄčWinter Open, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales

Beneath the Cliffs, Boundless Seas has been longlisted for the Royal West of England Academy Open Exhbition

Stiwdio Maelor, Corris, Wales

Of Ancient Mountain has been selected for exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth

2015

Dowry has been shortlisted for the East Meets West Art Award. 

108 Days in May, St Mary's Church, Faversham

FPS members exhibition, Menier Gallery, London

Ithaca lll, Dowry and Golden Light Aegean Sea have been shortlisted for the British Women Artists Competition

FPS Unfixed, Espacio Gallery, London

I was elected a member of the Free Painters and Sculptors http://www.freepaintersandsculptors...

Bentlif Open Art Prize, Maidstone Museum

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

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

2014

FPS open exhibition  The Menier Gallery, Southwark, London 

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

EWAAC 2014 La Galleria, Pall Mall, London

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

The Gloaming Creek Creative, Faversham

Time and Tide The Somerset Maughan Gallery, Whistable 

2013 The Fish Slab Gallery, Whistable

2012

Ithaca lll was longlisted for the Threadneedle Prize

Journey The Somerset Maughan Gallery, Whitstable

Nucleus Arts, Rochester

Parallax AF Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London 

2011

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

The Deaf Cat, Rochester

2005 The Invited Cinema, Brixton, London

2004 Hotel Zur Post, Ammersee, Bavaria

2002 University of Hertsfordshire end of year exhibition

1999 Central School of Speech and Drama end of year exhibition

Paintings held in Private Collections in the Uk, Ireland and Germany

Bibliography

http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/p...

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) (http://www.hsa-haiku.org/meritbookawards/merit-book_archive.htm)

 'Joy' Bending Light Magazine issue 3 2006

'Yellow' British Journal of Photography 2006