All posts tagged: artist

Forget IKEA – Egneus is Sweden’s loveliest gift to Greece

Daniel Egneus made a colorful splash on the Athens art scene last summer with his exhibition of 100 drawings of Athens streets at the Zoumboulakis Gallery, titled ‘As I Walked Out One Morning’. His juxtaposition of vivid, fantastical and beatific elements with gritty, harsh or eerie characteristics is a common thread in his work, displaying a complex and profound perspective about people and the urban or natural worlds they inhabit, both materially and figuratively. In only four years of living in Athens, following decades in a string of other European cities, Egneus has created hundreds of paintings, sketches andillustrations that, critically, attest to an impressively illustrated and highly original perspective of the city. I interviewed the artist on a rainy day in his apartment at the border between Syntagma and Plaka, sitting at his desk to take a privileged look through a lot of his work on giant screens and sipping tea that took him several attempts to make, because of a temperamental kettle it seems. Let’s start at the very beginning… I quit school really early. All …

Ink on Graph Paper, 21 x 29 cm

outshining the spectacle

THE ART of Bill Balaskas stands out for its coolly detached irony and playful insider’s understanding at once. I have interviewed him with great interest in his ideas throughout the years of the Greek financial crisis, chiefly because his university studies in economics in his native city of Thessaloniki have given a powerful impetus to his art, through which he continuously unravels the different facets of the crisis and how it has affected Greece’s socio-political structure. His outlook is unique, combining a silently discerning humour with a blaringly intelligent effort to shed stark light on where things stand for him as a citizen of Greece but also of the world. Since 2005 he has been based in London and working across different media, while also regularly exhibiting internationally and in Greece, most recently at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, in Athens, and the Thessaloniki Biennale. Today Balaskas’ focus continues to be fuelled by his economic studies-inspired intellect, but has now taken off from his home country to address issues in Europe at large, and the problems of insecurity, confusion and conflict faced …

Cosmas Xenakis, 1983, acrylic on canvas

my father, the artist

AS THE BENAKI Museum Pireos St Annexe opens its first full retrospective of the works of inventive and multifaceted artist Cosmas Xenakis (1925-1984) on March 19th 2015, his daughter Fotini writes about his life, bright inner world and multi-dimensional creations. Xenakis was one of Greece’s greatest innovators in the post WWII period art scene, as he daringly experimented with materials, form, and even the concept of what an artwork should be. Also unlike his peers and ahead of his time, he combined various art forms to create a performance of what we could today call mixed media. Xenakis was a passionate intellectual who also loved traditional Greek art and collected objects, agricultural tools and ceramics that represented the various strata of his country’s cultural and anthropological essence. The works of Cosmas Xenakis could be said to be broadly based on a dialogue of opposites, on abstract concepts such as open and closed form, movement and attitude, light and darkness and contrasting textures.  BY Fotini Xenakis Cosmas Xenakis – my father – was a multi-talented artist: a painter, sculptor, architect and urban planner. He created happenings …

Q&A: eileen botsford, artist

PUBLIC artist Eileen Botsford has been working on a vast spectrum of on-site and on-line Public Art projects and commissions in Greece and internationally, giving inspirational talks, and exhibiting in group and solo exhibitions worldwide. Currently she is the Public Art Tutor, Mixed Media Labs Tutor and the Historical and Contextual Studies Lecturer at the Doukas BTEC Foundation in Art & Design. Eileen is also working with The National Museum of Contemporary Art,  Athens (in the framework of the program ‘EMST Without Borders’), designed and organised in collaboration with ‘KETHEA In Action’ through the educational program “Making my own home” #projecthome for the women therapeutic group of KETHEA in Action, in Koridallo’s Correctional Facility. How Greek are you? I feel very Greek in my own way. Having been born and brought up in Greece and having lived as a child in Athens and Syros, I was privileged to have tasted the multifaceted beauty of Greece. The light, the terrain, the culture are all extremely strong elements which form a big part my identity. What is most important to you right now? For my …