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Mary Papas

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About Mary Papas From a very young age I started sketching people, animals and the scenery around me. Art was my favorite subject at school and I always achieved high marks for my art projects. At age 14, I enrolled for my first course in sketching and line drawing at the ‘ABC’ Art School of Paris. In those days I was living in Greece and the art school had a branch in Athens. Later, when I could dedicate more time to art, I attended advance painting classes for four years developing and learning different styles and techniques from leading professional art teachers and another three years for abstract studies learning to think and express these thoughts and ideas in an abstract way. Also, I studied the old impressionists and the later more modern works of art. Artists I admire, P Cezanne, V Van Gogh, C Monet, B Kandinsky, P Piccaso, and our own W Kentridge, Marlene Dumas and others. When painting I always have a concept in mind taken from the world around me or from my very deep-set traditions of my Greek culture and history past and present. Also living in four different countries of diverse religions and cultures, through my growing-up years, has prepared me for a spiritual journey in which I can express in my paintings. My preferred method of painting is with a palette knife. I like the clarity of the undiluted buttery texture of the paint and the sharp contrast of the different hues. I sculpture my shapes on my two dimensional surfaces. I enjoy a variety of painting styles. I cannot conform to one type of subject e.g. painting only flowers or colorful landscapes. I need to feel what I paint! A few years back I had an exhibition in Europe and a lot of people commented in the different styles of the paintings on show! I have a series of work on the go called “City Life” predominantly of abstract paintings. This body of work am creating, is about the exploration of over populated high rise living in a big city environment. The expectations of busy urbanites and their life’s aspirations, the climb of the social ladder and the expectations we all have to achieve ultimate success in our life. Exploring the dark parts and the more effluent parts of the City! The abstraction of the build up city is relevant to the abstract energy incurred by mass living environment. After working in abstract for long periods of time, I love to create some very colorful works to restore my soul and calm my spirit. I just start painting using bold primary colors and these paintings just happen! A different force takes over and guides my hand! Beautiful and wild landscapes, calm and dramatic at the same time and floral art works that are just alive with color and movement! I just love painting!

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