Renaissance Recovered Painting by Athena Anastasiou

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Renaissance Recovered

Athena Anastasiou

United States


Size: 16 W x 20 H x 1 D in

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About The Artwork

I wanted to combine both renaissance realism painting with my abstract expressive paint work taken from my series “Essence”. Its a dialogue between old thorough workings of the past and throw away immediacy of the 21st century , our time. It almost disrespects the past. Portraiture was a big thing of the past, during the renaissance, and Tudor time, portraiture is breaking through the traditional moulds of only the hierarchy can have their portrait taken, now its global, normal for actors head shots, with iPhones, everyone can have it, making portraiture more accessible. There is a stigma attached to portraiture that it is a privileged and egotistical to have a portrait done, this is slowly breaking out if this mould, we are now using portraiture as a form of self portrait and style, a means in which we can connect with others. It typifies that traditional portraiture is breaking out of its mould, into the main stream and into a means of self expression more than likeness and depiction.

Details & Dimensions

Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:16 W x 20 H x 1 D in

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For enquiries please get in touch through Unix Gallery, NYC. I am exploring my own personal mythology that speaks about identity and the core concerns of human existence. It's a constellation of my beliefs, feelings and images that construct my own explanation of the world. Some of the questions I ask through the work are, where do we come from, why is our planet and wellbeing so out of balance? Defaulting to fear and frustration rather than love and creation and how it is our responsibility individually to shift that. My research includes painting daily thoughts and stories. These stories are from personal experiences, observations, conversations and videos and books on the quantum field and the power of thought and intention. I am also looking at mythological paintings from the renaissance period and overlaying my reaction to them on top of the image. And continuing my research on western and eastern story telling through mythology and seeing where that leads me. The aesthetic framework that I am using is one of mythology; which portrays a sense of magic, morality, a life lesson and even mystical creatures. I have added a sense of lightheartedness to the work, almost childlike imagery or a larger scale sketch which provokes a freedom from the left brain thinking which is typical of the society we live in who struggle to obtain their connection to nature and intuition. My work ideally encourages one to see a point of view from an open mind, with fresh child like eyes.

Artist Recognition

Artist featured in a collection

Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection

Showed at the The Other Art Fair

Handpicked to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in Brooklyn, London

Featured in the Catalog

Featured in Saatchi Art's printed catalog, sent to thousands of art collectors