Vasilis Avramidis is a greek oil painter. His artworks are exploring memories through isolated lanscapes that seem to float in an altered dimension of consciousness. Avramidis will show a couple of his last artworks at Arthouse1 gallery in April; the group exhibition, “The Sky’s gone out“, is curated by artists Bella Easton and Chris Hawtin.
Vasilis, where do you get your inspiration?
My main inspiration is painting history itself. So I tend to look at historical paintings a lot. Architecture is another inspiration for me lately as well as digging into memory at the level of visual experience.
Which is the relationship and influence beetween your cultural background (country, studies, etc.) and your artworks?
I’m greatly influenced by the general region of Europe. Like painting from places like the Netherlands in past centuries, the landscape in England, my own memories from Greece. I did my Masters in London, and my BA in Greece.
What are you much focused in?
Studio work is the main focus. Painting is a demanding practice, so this is the main place to be, and it has become a large part of my everyday routine.
Have you encountered any difficulties when you first started your art/freelance career?
As with most of the artists I know, being an artist is not a comfortable choice in terms of making a living, but you can’t imagine any alternative to that, as it is an addictive practice to which you happily dedicate your time, energy and intellect.
Over these years, what is the most important thing you have learnt from your profession?
I got to know myself in ways I wouldn’t be able to otherwise. Making art and looking at art is slowly revealing aspects of life you didn’t know they exist.
Do you think that a creative job is just creativity or it’s discipline too?
I think painting would be impossible without a good amount of self discipline.
Are you currently working on new projects?
Yes, there is a group show on contemporary painting in London at Arthouse1 in April, and I’m showing two of my works there, along with fantastic artists from London. It’s curated by artists Bella Easton and Chris Hawtin, and it’s titled “The Sky’s gone out“.
“Painting is a demanding practice,
so this is the main place to be,
and it has become a large part of
my everyday routine”
“Making art and looking at art
is slowly revealing aspects of life
you didn’t know they exist”
Artist Website > www.avramidis.info
Instagram > @vasilisavramidis_studio