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A thousand myriad waves Artwork

Nikolaos Smyrnios


Mixed Media, Oil on Aluminium

Size: 19.7 W x 27.6 H x 0.4 D in

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This work was painted on the occasion of the tragic shipwreck off Pylos (Greece, June 2023), where at least 600 migrants (including children), lost their lives. The huge migration problem, of mainly young people from poor countries in Africa and Asia who struggle to cross the Mediterranean, hoping for a better life in Europe, is intractable and costs hundreds of human lives every year. This issue is linked to climate change which makes life even more miserable in poor countries. In some of them, there is already such a scarcity of water that life is almost impossible. Unfortunately, the advanced countries of the EU are not doing what they should do to deal radically with these problems, which by time are getting even worse. Although the majority of the victims are men, among them there are also several young women, (many with their children). I chose to portray a woman and give her features and style of a western lady. Someone who does not lack dignity and pride and her life has the same value as the life of any western woman. The portrait painted in opart style, consists of squares that lose their coherence and fall into the waves of the raging sea. Both the portrait and the sea waves were painted on aluminium, which was cut and mounted on a high quality canvas board. This way, the artwork got a 3D character.

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Mixed Media:Oil on Aluminium

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:19.7 W x 27.6 H x 0.4 D in

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NIKOLAOS (NIKOS) SMYRNIOS was born in Edessa, Greece, to parents of Asia Minor descent. In his early 20s he immigrated to Stockholm, Sweden, where he studied in the Institute of Graphic Arts and the National College of Art & Design, a school which is considered as the heart of Scandinavian Design. Working in relevant professional and academic environments in both Sweden and Greece, he gained valuable experience and exceptional skills which have been reflected in his long lasting creative activity. The collection presented in the Saatchi online constitutes a small portion of Smyrnios' work and represents only few of the media he explored (painting, video, animation, graphic art) and the ideas he expressed through varied styles. Being actively engaged in the education of applied arts, as well as in graphic design, Smyrnios has managed to establish his artistic identity as a “child of his time”, interacting continuously with the modern spirit and New Media, adapting and discarding the elements of the Zeitgeist. ******************************************* STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST Aiming to invention and innovation, but remaining at the same time connected to the modernist tradition,  I base my art in the belief that painting should be a synthesis of visual forces, generated by distinct realities and their juxtaposition. Thereby, a broad experimentation in both subject and technique is of great importance, as well is to keep in touch with inner self. I have been influenced by Surrealism, Pop Art and Op Art, but mainly by the theories of Stylistic Pluralism that suggests the liberation of artists from being bound to one particular artistic identity, manifested in oneparticular style. Stylistic pluralism treats different artistic perspectives as constituents of the global art collective, each integrated into the global culture and feeding off each other’s strengths.         My long-term professional involvement as a graphic designer and illustrator as well as my early acquaintance with digital media, allow me to use a variety of techniques in order to create versatile and unique works that challenge viewers to engage in new and different visual logics. 

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