Approved: 12.09.2008

Emi Avora

Artist

Approved: 12.09.2008

Having the urban landscape as their main subject matter, the paintings submitted do not only aim at the depictions of balconies and windows of commonplace late modernist apartment blocks but they mainly ponder on the quiet ambitions and the lost dreams of their inhabitants. The imagery mainly comes from found imagery and photographs taken in urban environments in cities that have  common architectural

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Biography

Having the urban landscape as their main subject matter, the paintings submitted do not only aim at the depictions of balconies and windows of commonplace late modernist apartment blocks but they mainly ponder on the quiet ambitions and the lost dreams of their inhabitants. The imagery mainly comes from found imagery and photographs taken in urban environments in cities that have  common architectural features and have also recently been challenged by a financial or political crisis. Despite the turmoil in these places the paintings are looking at the tranquility, the dreaminess often created by the hazy light.The canvas and linen used for the paintings is often previously stained and recycled, creating a patina on the paintings while the subtle chromatical changes and the use of multiple glazes create a gap between the real and the imaginary allowing a beam of hope to pass through the trivial and the every day.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2013 - Grand Finale, National Theatre of Athens, Athens, Greece 2012 - The Splendid Years, The Apartment Gallery, Athens 2011 - Lonely Palace, Old Palace of Michael and St.George, Corfu 2011 - The Splendid years, The Apartment, Athens 2010 - Dictionary of Ornaments, South Square Gallery, Thornton, UK 2009 - Storyweaver, Truebenbach Gallery, Koeln, Germany 2009 - The Tiger in the Theatre, The Apartment Gallery, Athens 2007 - 'Against Nature' solo show (with Julia Kunin), Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York Group exhibitions 2012 - Journeys through the Light, Hungate Medieval Art Centre, Norwich 2012 - SV12, Studio Voltaire, London 2009 - PAINT-ID, Macedonean Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece 2007 - 'Present Tense', Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens Educational experience - tertiary 2000 - MA Fine Art, Royal Academy Schools, London 1996 - BA Fine Art, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, Oxford