Published by tobymcar on July 21, 2017

Enter the funky universe of Stella Kapezanou



There is a vibrancy, yet a deep philosophical profoundness to your artwork. How do you go about achieving this?


I paint my thoughts. I think in pictures and transfer my whole belief systems and experiences onto the canvas. My paintings seem somehow unreal because they are, they depict scenes that never quite occurred, the sky is the ideal sky, the green grass the perfect stand-in for all lawns. The colour reproduction happens in accordance with my wish, not reality. The world gets captured not as it appears, but as I want to perceive it.



Back Is Black, 2016. Oil and acrylic on canvas. 140×170 cm


Much of your work is about the “everyday” habits of people living in the materialistic Western world. What social regularities and customs are you most intrigued by?



I’m interested in images from everyday life in the Western world. I love observing people. I want to capture the emotional state when they seem disconnected from their surroundings, when they look to be defined by their personality and not their soul. I always strive to allow the viewer to observe more deeply what is happening right next to them. This way, I wish to capture the temporariness, decay and mortality of humans.



What’s your usual creative process before and during painting?


I usually take pictures myself with my camera and cell phone, or whatever’s handy. Sometimes I collect images from magazines that attract my eye. Frequently I also use patterns from my childhood memories, such as my grandmother’s bed sheets or tablecloths. I only focus on very particular parts of them, while using imaginative elements on the same theme. Then I paint the details from memory. When I begin to work on the blank canvas, I only have a vague idea of what I’m going to do. I add all the extra elements during the process, according to what I feel that the painting itself is asking me to add.



Heavens. Oil and acrylic on canvas. 180×200 cm



Is there anything you wish could be changed about the world of art?


Sometimes I feel that being a member of the contemporary Art-World is like belonging to another species. There’s different languages, interests, habits, routines, studies, friends, even holiday destinations than the rest of the people. There is also a devotion to all of the above. It’s not that I wish the Art-World changes. I just wish that more of the people I love were a part of it.



The biggest influences upon your artwork?


Well, there’s quite a few. Edward Manet, my favourite old master, the highly stylised Alex Katz and the amazing capturer of suburban life, Eric Fischl. Aspirations as an artist and human? Well you know, I paint and I dream big and I want it all, so a list of aspirations would be endless…



Finally, any messages or words of wisdom for the people reading this?


Being in alignment with our source I guess. By simply being in a better-feeling place, inner or outer. Painting helps rise my vibrations, whether I’m doing it, or looking at it. As painting, unlike other mediums, requires me to slow down and observe deeper.

by Stella Kapezanou

Stella Kapezanou was born in Athens. She studied painting in the Athens School of Fine Arts and won Honorary Scholarship by the Greek National Scholarships Foundation for being at first place in ASFA entrance. She continued her postgraduate studies in Chelsea College of Arts of London with a scholarship by Motoroil Hellas, where she won the Frank Bowling Scholarship. In London she has been awarded with the Clyde & Co Emerging Star Award, the Cass Art Prize 2018 and was a finalist for the Solo Show Award 2017, the Rise Art Prize 2018 and the ACS Studio Prize 2018. She works between Athens and London and her work has been showcased in Greece and abroad.