oiaf 2018

Georgia Argyropoulos "The feminine desires are celebrated in my work" OIAF 2018 Exhibitor

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I am an Impressionistic artist who focuses on the atmosphere in a scene and I feel driven to express myself through light. How it falls on a scene, what emotion that evokes. My creative process is sensual and very personal. I feel compelled to be fully engaged in the process. It is never enough to just record what I see. I need to feel the canvas and the oils on my fingertips. I need to breath in the heady smells. I love the sound of that connection between the canvas and I. It becomes a real, living experience. It sounds strange to explain. And of course, visually its stimulating to see a thing come alive under you. I use my fingertips as a paint brush and as a personal marker on each canvas, sometimes touching a canvas hundreds or even thousands of times before a work is completed. I often forget to sign my work because my personal stamp is already all over it. Its obviously mine.

The feminine desires are celebrated in my work. Though emancipated from the restrictions of the outdated role of being a women, we still find joy in our homes and traditions, and this joy is timeless. The joy we derive keep many of us enslaved in mundane activities in and around our homes. This strange joy will be celebrated in my work. I guess I'm making a statement on some level. Yes, yes... well done womans lib thank you, but I'm still stuck in my role. On some level its instinctual I guess. Nesting instinct?

Where do you get your inspiration?

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I feel compelled to record the atmosphere created by the light coming through. It marks a scene in its own particular way and an emotion is evoked. When I consider that a light source billions of miles away can filter through the ozone, beam through the clouds, come through my little window and effect how I FEEL about an arrangement? THAT'S my inspiration. I feel that connection to the source of light, I want to record how that light specifically effects my little life at that exact point in time.

How do you deal with artist's block

I recently experienced this for the first time. I had an emotional loss of epic proportions, very hard to define. Extreme. The resulting mourning period stole all my desires to create. I overcame this black period by filling my soul with art. I decided to fill the void with all the beauty and healing that art has to offer. Each beautiful Monet, van Gogh, Degas, Cezanne I gazed over was a building block, setting up an imaginary bridge over the dark, back to the light of creativity. My first attempt to create something was as basic as scratching a pencil over a stencil. Thats how low my creative ebb and flow was. My first oil painting after this dark period of mourning was a robust Nelson Mandela Strelitzia, standing firmly planted in its natural environment on South African soil with a dreamlike quality to the night sky behind it. I felt like I was saying, I'm home. As If I had been lost and wandering about the earth without that freedom to create.

I know my artwork is finished when...

When I can literally not touch it once more with a fingerprint, a pallet knife or a paint brush. And because I NEVER feel that exact point in the creativity process, my work is never completed. Its literally finished when its sold and carried away with wet paint patches and me running after it to "just do one more thing." Being a bit of a perfectionist is hard when your creative outlet is impressionistic. But I would freak out if I was attempting to be a camera, so really, being an impressionist is a saftey measure for my sanity.

Most looking forward to this exhibition because...

I am most looking forward to this exhibition because it is my first international exhibition and the third in my fledgling art career. Im generally terrified of crowds and prefer to be invisible so this amazing opportunity also gives me a chance to face my fears and insecurities. And what an amazing opportunity to be able to be here as an artist at the Oxford International Art Fair! Its really a dream I never even dared to contemplate. I was forced into the first two exhibitions. To be here at this level is such a motivation to allow art to fully take over my life. It has given me a license to do what makes me happiest in this world and that is to record it in my own special hands-on way.

Inspiring art to enjoy at the fifth annual Oxford International Art Fair

Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK

23-25 February 2018


Art by James Early 

Art by James Early 

12th February 2018:  Art lovers will get the chance to come face to face with some of the world's most exciting contemporary art created by leading artists on the modern art scene at this year's Oxford International Art Fair, which takes place in the city from 23rd - 25th February 2018.

Oxford's art fair, now in its fifth successful year, brings together some of the most innovative new work from established and emerging artists and galleries, gathered under the roof of one of the city's most iconic buildings. 

Inside the magnificent 19th century Oxford Town Hall on St Aldate's in the heart of the city, will be an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, illustrations, photographs, ceramics, jewellery and much more, presented for sale and simply to admire by the artists themselves.

Novice and seasoned art lovers alike will be able to peruse the collections, talk to the artists who created them, pick out a piece to buy or even have one specially commissioned for a home or office wall.  Or they can just wander through the three halls taking in the rich collection of artwork on display.

The art on show over the three day weekend event, which is free to attend, will have travelled from over 26 countries around the world, as well as there being a sizeable collection from closer to home presented by UK based artists and galleries.  It all adds up to a perfectly inspiring day out in the City of Dreaming Spires, which is less than an hour away from London by train.

"This bustling art fair gives art collectors and enthusiasts a great opportunity to get their hands on art, buying directly from the artist who has travelled all the way to Oxford to show and sell their unique pieces," says art fair organiser Joëlle Dinnage, who hosts and curates the annual event along with her business partner Natal Vallvé from The Global Art Agency.

Han Sheng Huang

Han Sheng Huang

"We've carefully selected the artists and galleries showing their work, so that only the most innovative and thought-provoking contemporary art is shown at the fair, added exclusive events like the VIP sneak preview on the opening night and the chance to vote for the best work on show, adding up to a really special experience for the visitor and indeed the exhibitor," she says.

Some of many highlights from this year's art fair include work from the following artists:

·      Taiwan based artist and lifestyle blogger Han-Sheng Huang (www.hshuang.co)

Jenny Bowden

Jenny Bowden

·      One of the UK's leading portrait artists James Earley (www.jamesearleyartist.com)

·      Bulgarian artist Radi Nedelchev, best known as a painter of naïve art (www.radinedelchevart.com)

·      Oxford watercolour abstract artist Jenny Boden (http://jennybowdenart.com)

·      Painter Edward Ofosu who lives and works in London (www.edwardofosu.com)

"With the beautiful town hall, a jewel at the heart of the historic city of Oxford, making up the backdrop to the event, it really is a fantastic chance to witness some of the most impressive art close up, meet the artists behind it and enjoy a truly inspirational day out.  Why not make a weekend out of it and enjoy all that Oxford has to offer while you're here?" she adds.

The fifth Oxford International Art Fair takes place from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 23rd February and from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February 2018 at Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1BX.  Tickets are free and can be reserved in advance by going to www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com.

Tickets for the exclusive art fair preview, which takes place from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 23rd February and cost £10 to include a glass of champagne and live music, are available in advance from www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com/tickets/


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Press contacts:

Sarah Pracey + 44 7985 112 777 / sarah@praceypr.com

or

Joëlle Dinnage (Oxford based) + 44 (0) 7825 443925

office@globalartagency.com / joelle.dinnage@gmail.com       www.joelledinnage.com