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Αριάδνη 2023-24 Λάδι σε καμβά 40Χ80 εκ..jpg

"In Quest of Light, Beauty and Purity" is the title of a new series of 20 paintings and 7 drawings created in the years 2020 - 2024.

The Garden, Homeland, The Child and Nature,  each and every section complements the other in a harmonious coexistence of all.
Light creates the space, through a smooth tonal grading that is changing atmospherically, determining the infinite boundaries of earth, sea and sky. Soft, pastel shades of colour, with a silky like texture, build harmoniously the environment of the composition.
Visual reality is expressed by transforming ideas and visual experiences into a new image. An image that is mostly figurative, reveals the preciousness of human being, usually in the pure age of childhood.  Human figures merge and coexist in the tranquility of nature.

How is this coexistence achieved? On a material level through the light that diffuses, delineating the planes and the third dimension in the composition of the work. The subtle, airy and transparent nuances that create depth. The more detailed three-dimensional, painterly treatment of the protagonist elements, with bright colour tones that bring them into the foreground.
On a spiritual level, light inspires the truth. Beauty imparts a higher nobility to man and society. Purity as a virtue exalts human existence and purifies the mind.

Alphonse Mucha (Czech artist 1860 - 1939) wrote in the introduction of one of his lectures:
“The aim of art is to glorify beauty. And what is beauty? Beauty is the projection of moral harmonies on material and physical planes. On the moral plane, beauty addresses itself to the evolution of the spirit, and on the material plane, it addresses itself to the refinement of senses through which medium it reaches the soul.”

Since 2012,  my artwork begins as a spiritual journey, practicing the meditation exercises of Falun Dafa - [], a traditional Chinese way for self improvement of body and mind, that is assimilating to the universal values of Truth, Kindness and Tolerance.

In recent years, humanity experiences unprecedented living conditions, where human dignity and security are underestimated. This has determined the redefinition of a new, simpler and more meaningful way of life for many people. My own  choice,  the return to nature, through an inner journey to the real, true self, where light illuminates our hearts and beautifies the world around us.   

I would like to end with a quote  by a Song Dynasty philosopher:
“Enjoy and understand the universe through silent observation of all things under the sun.”   



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