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On the occasion of her new solo show ‘Single’s Party’, Stella Kapezanou talks about her biggest challenges as an artist as well as her methods and inspirations.

Stella Kapezanou is a Greek visual artist composing complex, ironic, colourful and often bizarre paintings which draw their inspiration from capitalistic western societies and materialistic lifestyles. Her latest solo show ‘Single’s Party’ opened at The Edit Gallery in Limassol, Cyprus. On this occasion, she talks about her biggest challenges as an artist as well as her methods and inspirations.

 #SPOTLIGHT ON STELLA KAPEZANOU

Stella Kapezanou is a Greek visual artist composing complex, ironic, colourful and often bizarre paintings which draw their inspiration from capitalistic western societies and materialistic lifestyles. Her latest solo show ‘Single’s Party’ opened at The Edit Gallery in Limassol, Cyprus. On this occasion, she talks about her biggest challenges as an artist as well as her methods and inspirations.

Describe your practice/profession with 5 words. 

Free | Independent | International | Competitive | Unlimited

What would you say your favorite thing is about what you do? And what would you say is the most challenging?

I love working alone! I very much enjoy my alone time in the studio.
Managing and trying to find balance between the long working hours, family life and personal life is quite challenging…

 

What does your work aim to say? And how does your work comment on current social issues?

To me, it is the people I depict that add darkness and complexity to the cheerful tone of my paintings. The contrast between the stylized, high-impact representation of the setting and the ordinary people participating in the western consumer dream, represent a commentary and raise questions on western society and its social fabric.

What’s your method of working?

I usually take pictures with my camera/cell phone, whatever’s handy at the time. Also,  sometimes I collect images from magazines that catch my eye. I frequently use patterns from my childhood memories, such as my grandmother’s bed sheets or tablecloths. I only focus on very particular parts of them and I use elements form my imagination on the same theme. 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.

Who are your biggest influences?

Manet, Eric Fischl, Tatler magazine, LA

The exhibition ‘Single’s Party’ by Stella Kapezanou has been extended until Saturday 22 June 2019

The Edit Gallery

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.