“…. this ‘exaggeration of subject hue’ gives my paintings an aura of vulgarity. I wish to capture the commercial culture in a blunt and straightforward way, like an ‘off’ fashion image, aiming to point out the affordability, temporariness, decay and mortality of humans. My paintings are my playground of more fakeness”
Stella Kapezanou, July 2017
Palm Tree Gallery look forward to introducing Stella Kapezanou, an exciting young Greek artist who studied Painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) where she was awarded an honorary scholarship. She gained another scholarship to the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich in 2013 and again under a scholarship, she gained an MA in Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts, London. She is the recipient of the Clyde & Co Emerging Star Award, 2017 and in the same year she was shortlisted for The Solo Show and secured the Frank Bowling Scholarship, 2017.
Her lavish use of bold colour and contrast, set against scenes of contemporary pleasure seeking, consistently strike an optimistic and sometimes opulent tone. Beaches, palm trees, blue skies and rich floral motifs are often the backdrop to arresting depictions of ordinary people in ordinary situations.
And it is the people she depicts which represent the real story, adding darkness and complexity to the confident, cheerful tone. This ambiguity raises unanswered questions, making her work not only instantly arresting, but begs for interpretation. The contrast between the stylised, high impact representation of the setting and the ordinary people participating in the western consumer dream, represent a powerful commentary on western society and its social fabric.
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Artists Website: www.stellakapezanou.com
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