Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Christmas Art Exhibition & Personalized Couple Portraits

Nude Woman in a Mediterranean Cypress Tree Forest
Γυμνή στο Κυπαρισσόδασος

 My work "Nude Woman in a Mediterranean Cypress tree forest" explores the relationship between a misbehaved person  according to the laws and common social norms and society itself. You, as the viewer represent society and your reaction to my painting is what makes this connection. The landscape is a real place in Corinth and I decided to stop by and open my sketchbook: 

  It is a beautiful seight and while I was passing by, I was wondering how would drivers react if I was standing nude there at that time. Then I thought of myself in other situations while being in the car and observing prostitutes or hitch hikers by the road, or a woman dancing nude on the bonnet of a mans car while the traffic light was red. ‌ I guess that these questions seem odd and weird but I would appreciate some feedback with your thoughts as the observer of my painting. The real purpose of me painting this is my relation to the concept of belonging. I recently watched a video by Teal Swan where she explains that when someone is struggling with belonging, it means that he/she is operating in the world from a place of shame. I remember what shame feels like because when I was about seven or eight years old they baptized me and my by three years younger sister inside a church full of people and I was naked and trying very hard not to cry but nobody ever gave me a good explanation of why I had to go through that horrible experience. In addition there was also a teacher at school saying that "children who are not baptized at an early age are bad children". I remember myself being terrified of this subject coming up in conversation throughout primary school, I even burned all the photos of my nude self being there and felt awful everytime I saw something related to it. It caused a lot of insecurity in me and I somehow still despise society for accepting it as normal. This is why my nude character is gazing at the flower as a sign of nostalgia for what once seemed innocent and pure before the filth of the common people ruined it!

 My next painting is a self-portrait as Medusa. I think it turns all the negative "no body loves me"  and self hatred into something beautiful and acceptable. I'm thinking of making t-shirts out of this because I always liked the idea of having snakes as pets and in this way I'll be able to have them on me without the responsibility of taking care of them. I have a drawing from 2015 of the same subject on watercolour paper which I'm also presenting here:

Medusa 2019

Medusa 2015

 I think I'm going to focus more on portrait painting in the future...

Λαίς Κορίνθια
Lais Corinthian
 To balance the "negativity" of Medusa, I decided to create a portrait of myself as a famous greek prostitute. I am working on a series of "Historical prostitutes" that I would like to exhibit at the Casino of Loutraki in the future.

 My next two paintings are inspired by the universe. I' ve been absorbing a lot of information about astrology in the past few months and I would like to dedicate works to the stars and the planets.
 Saturn and Philyra is also a part of a series of paintings titled "Gods & Lovers". Philyra is also the greek name of the silver lime tree (flamouria) which I haven't seen in Crete. I would like to paint a woman on this tree so if you are interested in becoming my model you can message me.

Saturn & Philyra
Κρόνος και Φιλύρα

High school Memory with a Scorpio girl
Σχολική ανάμνηση μιας Δίδυμης με φίλη Σκορπίνα 

Love Making at the Beach
 Overall, I am happy with my paintings, especially this last one. There's a beach in Corinth where I live now and one October evening, after drying out I covered myself with a warm tweed jacket and sat on a sunbed to eat an apple while enjoying the sunset when this couple of tourists showed up out of nowhere and acted like I didn't exist. :P I felt at peace with myself at that moment and I just had to capture it!

 Finally, through my Etsy Store you will find a new option where you can order a personalized portrait commission of you and your gf/bf or family!

  Happy Winter Solstice to all my followers and sorry for not posting for so long but I was in a rush to move from my island Crete, to mainland Greece. Corinth is one hour away from Athens by train and below you can see the statue-monument of the town along with the last full moon of the decade!  

Pegasus by Achilles Vasileiou

Monday, 29 April 2019

full moon dream


το θείο

Σα βρέθηκα στς’ αγάπης το κυνήγι,
πάσχισα μ’ ακλόνητο σθένος
να υπερβώ, να υπερβώ,
ν’ αρπάξω τη λεία απ’ τη ροπή της.

Σ’ αυτή τη θεία συνεύρεση,
χώθηκα με τρέλα
Κι όμως μεσ’ αυτή
την έκσταση
το κερί έλιωσε απ’ τα φτερά μου
μα η αγάπη μου
ν’ αρπάξει τη λεία απ’ τη ροπή της.

Μόλις αυτό το πέταγμά μου
υπερέβηκε τα όρια,
έκλεισα τα μάτια από συγκίνηση
και συνέχισα να τα καταλαμβάνω στα σκοτεινά.
Πήρα φόρα στα τυφλά για την αγάπη
-τον εαυτό μου να ξεπεράσω!
Και βρέθηκα ψηλά, τόσο ψηλά
ν’ αρπάξω τη λεία απ’ τη ροπή της.

Όσο πιο ψηλά έφτανα,
εκεί, στο ζαλισμένο παιχνίδι,
τόσο πιο χαμηλά έμοιαζα να βρίσκομαι,
τόσο πιο ταπεινός, αδύναμος και παράλυτος,
Και οδυρόμενος κραύγαζα, Μα κανείς δεν κερδίζει!
και βυθιζόμενος γοργά γοργά
μα ωθούμενος ψηλά, τόσο ψηλά
άρπαζα τη λεία απ’ τη ροπή της.

Τελικά, -θαύμα!- πέτυχα
χίλιες πτήσεις μέσα σε μία
η ουράνια ελπίδα μου να δει,
ό,τι εύχεται να κυριαρχεί.
Την επιδίωκα αυτή την ουσία
κ’ επιδιώκοντάς τη δε στερήθηκα
Έφτασα ψηλά, έκανα την υπέρβαση
άρπαξα τη λεία επιτέλους.

a lo divino

 Upon a quest of love,
hope sturdy and steadfast,
I flew so high, so high,
I caught the prey at last.

 In this divine affair,
to triumph -if I might-
I had to soar so high
I vanished out of sight.
 Yet in the same ascent
my wings were failing fast-
but love arose so high
I caught the prey at last.

 Just when this flight of mine
had reached its highest mark,
my eyes were dazzled so
I conquered in the dark.
 I gave a blind black surge
for love -myself surpassed!
and went so high, so high
I caught the prey at last.

 The higher up I went
there, in this dizzy game,
the lower I appeared,
more humble, weak, and lame.
 I cried, But none can win!
and sinking fast oh fast
yet went so high, so high,
I caught the prey at last.

 Then -marvelous!- I made
a thousand flights in one,
for hope of heaven will see
all it can wish, be done.
 I hoped for this alone ;
 I hoped ; was not downcast.
 And went so high, so high,
I caught the prey at last.

lo divino

 Tras de un amoroso lançe
y no de esperança falto
bolé tan alto tan alto
que le di a la caça alcançe

 Para que yo alcance diese
a aqueste lance divino
tanto bolar me convino
que de vista me perdiese
y con todo en este trançe
en el vuelo quedé falto
mas el amor fue tan alto
que le di a la caça alcançe

 Quanto mas alto subía
deslumbrôseme la vista
y la más fuerte conquista
en escuro se hacía,
mas por ser de amor el lance
di un ciego y oscuro salto
y fui tan alto tan alto
que le di a la caça alcançe

 Quanto más alto llegaba
de este lançe tan subido
tanto más bajo, y rendido
y abatido me hallaba
Dixe no aura quien alcançe
y abatime tanto tanto
que fui tan alto tan alto
que le di a la caça alcançe

 Por una estraña manera
mil buelos passe de un buelo
porque esperança de çielo
tanto alcança quanto espera
esperé solo este lançe
y en esperar no fui falto
pues fui tan alto tan alto
que le di a la caça alcançe

Inspiration: Estrella Morente & Michael Nyman: Le di a la caza alcance
Otras Del Mismo A (Of Falconry) by San Juan de la Cruz 1542-1591