Painter Nikos Papaloukas will present his latest work under the name Urban Transformations in Paphos tonight.
The paintings on canvas and a series of stainless steel and Plexiglas sculptures which make-up this collection, illustrate how place and the human form – in the broadest sense of the word – have been elements on the artist’s mind throughout the course of his career.
In this series of work, where the reference to the urban environment is evident, Papaloukas represents moments from everyday life, with time seeming to have stopped and the viewer being transported to eternity. Now in this eternity, the urban landscape is transformed into something else where the environment is as the senses define it. Therefore, substance is given to things and they are redefined.
Speaking about Papaloukas’ work, professor of art history at the University of Fine Arts in Athens, Niki Loizidi said “Papaloukas is a plain and gentle, often lyric narrator, who always seeks for the spirit, regardless of the matters he is dealing with. Landscapes, people, erotic couples, birds, mythological themes, the tragedy of the Turkish invasion of 1974 in a very special narrative figure, the wonderful dimensions of dance, as well as blond girls on the beach, geometrically cut from flashy coloured paper, are some of recent years’ series that show the artist’s conscious course towards a deeply researched geometrical abstraction.”
Solo exhibition by Nikos Papaloukas. Opens December 9 at 7pm until December 23. Blue Iris Art Gallery, Ioanni Agroti 20, Paphos. Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm and 3pm-5.30pm and Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tel: 99-310893