ARTISTS / Maria Pierides

Falling Petals
Falling Petals

oil, oil stick and gold leaf on deep edge canvas 15 x 15cm £175

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The Finger of Dawn
The Finger of Dawn

oil, gold leaf, oil pastel, wax and oil stick 30 x 40cm £400

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History Maps
History Maps

acrylic, oil stick, collage, wax, gold leaf, oil pastel on deep edge artist panel 30 x 30cm £295

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Some Words, They Glow in the Light
Some Words, They Glow in the Light

oil, gold leaf, pastel and wax 70 x 100cm £700

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Beneath the Cliffs Boundless Seas
Beneath the Cliffs Boundless Seas

oil and mixed media on canvas 50 x 50cm £900

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Mirrored Lakes and Streams
Mirrored Lakes and Streams

oil, oil stick, oil pastel, wax and gold leaf on deep edge canvas 25 x 30cm £275

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In my paintings, I render in colour the stories of the physical and emotional landscapes that formed my experience of being born in Greece and then growing up in England and Cyprus.

 

The actual process of my painting relates to this theme, as I use mixed media, building up and scraping back areas of paint to capture the atmosphere, mass, and light of the landscapes I am trying to represent. In my series ‘The Gloaming,’ I explore ways of bringing these landscapes together and play with the similarities and contrasts: How being caught between two time perspectives – the Eastern Mediterranean is two hours ahead of England – two different kinds of light, two different cultures, results in both a feeling of richness and diversity of experience as well as a search for rootedness in the moment and in space.

 

Dusk and the changes in light between sunset and darkness, capture this feeling of ‘homelessness’ and search for ‘home.’ On the other hand, in the plays of light, in exploring ways of translating experiences and representing them in paint on the canvas, there is a liberating beauty too. In my ‘Ithaca’ series, inspired by the Greek Poet Konstantinos Kavafis’ poem ‘Ithaca,’ I follow the theme further exploring different possibilities of rootedness/rootlessness and the riches of the search for home.

 

My later series, ‘Time and Tide’ takes the theme further to a broader exploration of the temporal nature of human experience and its relationship with nature and the recent addition of gold leaf and metal in my work is inspired by some time spent in Venice, visiting the Biennale and Greek iconography.