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"A few flowers for Mahsa". Acrylic and oil on paper, 70x100 cm. This unique painting is a tribute to Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old girl who died after spending three days in custody of Iran’s morality police, arrested for improperly wearing her hijab. Mahsa started a revolution by her death which spurred thousands to take to the streets in protests, demanding an end to violence and discrimination toward women in the country. Ιn addition to expressing condolences for the brutal death of Mahsa, the flowers play a central role in the composition. Their free dispersion on the hijab and their visual diversity symbolize the pluralistic but fragile beauty of female nature that should be honored with freedom and great respect. Mahsa's face is formed by concentric circles that turn at their center into a shooting target, a connotation for police violent action. The way the face was painted gives the work its special identity. This "op-tical" approach is one of the characteristic techniques used by the artist in order to intrigue the viewer and arouse visual interest. The color differentiation on the girl's body, covered by her expressive hands, implies that Mahsa remains alive and leads the revolution that broke out in Iran. This contrasts with her passive posture which gives her a childlike innocence. However, this work is a complaint beyond the specific crime, referring to the discrimination and violence practiced against women in many countries of the world.
Painting:Acrylic on Paper
Size:27.6 W x 39.4 H x 0 D in
Ready to Hang:No
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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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