Maria Pierides

Maria Pierides

Glynneath

About Maria Pierides

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, and now living and working in Wales. 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 depict.
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 aiming to depict . In the 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 the '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 aspect of human experience and its relationship with nature, and the recent addition of gold leaf and metal in my work is inspired by time spent in Venice, visiting the Biennale, and Byzantine Iconography.
Work held in private collections in the U.K, USA, Ireland, Vienna, Germany, Bulgaria and Belgium.

www.mariapierides.co.uk

Education

Central School of Speech and Drama
Goldsmiths University
University of Hertsfordshire

Events

2020

2-5 April Roy’s People Art Fair, The Bargehouse, London
18-21 June Art Fair Wales
Solo Show, This Ancient Land, Queen Street Gallery, Neath, Wales
2018 26-29 July The Other Art Fair, Bristol
2017 Solo Exhibition Ekphrasis: Between Image and Word, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales
2015 Residency, Stiwdio Maelor, Corris, Wales

Exhibitions

2021
Feb Wales Week London
March-April Abstract Aesthetics, Flux Exhibitions, Virtual Exhibition
March-May Selected for the Curators Gallery
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April-May Let the Darkness In, Studio Cennen, Wales
July-August ArtSpring Gallery, Tonbridge,
July-August, Studio Cennen, Wales

2020
22 Sept -30 Dec. Society of Women Artists Open
March - Nov Cyfarthfa Castle, Wales
May- Dec Broadway Arts Festival, Little Buckland Gallery

2019
2-30 Nov, ‘This Ancient Land, SOLO, Queen Street Gallery, Neath, Wales
Oct-Nov Highgate Contemporary, London
24 Aug-8th Sept Rivers, Rocks and Ruins, Llangathen, Wales
June Flux Pop Up, Greenwich Peninsula, London
29 June-14 Sept Ebb and Flow, The Artichoke Gallery, Ticehurst, East Sussex
Art 5 Gallery, Brighton
21 June In Cahoots, Llangathen Temperance Hall, Wales
May- June, Trichotomic Interactions, Stiwdio 3, Cardigan
7 Feb-9 March, Emerging Artist Award Finalists Exhibition, Creates Gallery, Monmouth, Wales
April, The Land of Cockaigne, Taith Contemporary Arts, Vienna
2018
6-9 December, London Ultra, The Bargehouse, London
2-7 October, Muse Gallery, London
September, Queen St Gallery, Neath
1-15 September, Peartree Barn, Taith Contemporay Art, Suffolk
1-10 September, Llangathen Temperance Hall, Llangathen, Wales
26-29 July The Other Art Fair, Bristol
3 May- 3 June, Flourish, Cardiff MADE, Cardiff
5-12 April A Moveable Feast, Taith Contemporary Arts, Orange Moon, Vienna

2017
2-10 Dec Hearth and Home, Art at the Hall, Llangathen, Wales
23 Nov- Jan Cardiff MADE, Cardiff
26 Oct- 15 Nov SOLO Ekphrasis: Between Image and Word King Street Gallery, carmarthen, Wales
Botanics, Art at the Hall,, Llangathen, Wales
A Free Moment, FPS, Oxo Tower Gallery, London
Art at Waunifor, Wales
Summer Open, Ardent Gallery, Brecon, Wales Summer Open, Oriel Cric, Crickhowell, Wales
Wood and Wool, Temperance Hall, Llangathen
Goat Street Gallery, St Davids, Pembrokeshire Gallery 54, Ross on Wye
West Wales Art Centre, Fishguard, Wales
Winter exhibition King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales
2016 Nes Draw, Closer to Further Away, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales
2016 Small Objects of Desire, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales
2016 Winter Open, Oriel Q, Narbeth, Wales
2016 Winter Open, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales
2016 Open Exhibition, MOMA, Machynlleth, Wales
2015 Unfixed, Espacio Gallery, London
2015 FPS Open, Menier Gallery, London
2015 108 Days in May, St Marys Church, Faversham, Kent
2015 Bentlif Open Art Prize, Maidstone Museum, Kent
2014 FPS Open, Menier Gallery, London
2014 East West Art Award at La Galleria, Pall Mall, London
2014 SOLO Show, Creek Creative, Faversham, Kent
2014 The Somerset Maughan Gallery, Whitstable, Kent
2013 The Fish Slab Gallery, Whitstable, Kent
2012 Nucleus Arts, Rochester, Kent
2012 Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London
2012 Parallax Art Fair, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London
2012 The Somerset Maughan Gallery, Whitstable, Kent
2011 SOLO Show, The Deaf Cat, Rochester, Kent
2005The Invited Cinema, Brixton, London
2004 Hotel Zur Post, Ammersee, Bavaria
2002 University of Hertsfordhsire, End of Year Show
1999 Central School of Speech and Drama End of Year Show