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Alexis Avlamis
updated: 05/05/2016
website: alexisavlamis.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Right from the beginning
Here we stand, here we fight
Fog is gone
Maybe tomorrow
We live in hope
L'invito
Spaceship looking for a viable planet
Peeking into new possibilities
Echoes of the spheres
The last chance
Finding safety within
And shine on in an eternal cycle
It gives light to others
In my dreams I hide
Sending this message back in time
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, dreams, fantasy, mapping, narrative, process, surreal, nature, architecture, animals
 
 
Right from the beginning by Alexis Avlamis
Right from the beginning
Acrylic, colored and mechanical pencils, ballpoint pen on paper
2014
20 " x  25 " 
Here we stand, here we fight by Alexis Avlamis
Here we stand, here we fight
Acrylics, colored pencils and ballpoint pen on paper
2014
20 " x  25 " 
Fog is gone by Alexis Avlamis
Fog is gone
Acrylics, colored. mechanical pencils and ballpoint pen on paper
2014
20 " x  25 " 
Maybe tomorrow by Alexis Avlamis
Maybe tomorrow
Acrylic, colored and mechanical pencils, ballpoint pen on paper
2014
20 " x  25 " 
We live in hope by Alexis Avlamis
We live in hope
Acrylic, colored and mechanical pencils, ballpoint pen on paper
2014
20 " x  25 " 
L'invito by Alexis Avlamis
L'invito
Encaustic, acrylic, coloured, mechanical pencils and ballpoint pen on paper
2013
22 " x  29 " 
Spaceship looking for a viable planet by Alexis Avlamis
Spaceship looking for a viable planet
Encaustic, acrylic, coloured, mechanical pencils and ballpoint pen on paper
2013
22 " x  29 " 
Peeking into new possibilities by Alexis Avlamis
Peeking into new possibilities
Encaustic, coloured, mechanical pencils and ballpoint pen on paper
2013
22 " x  29 " 
Echoes of the spheres by Alexis Avlamis
Echoes of the spheres
Encaustic, acrylic, coloured, mechanical pencils and ballpoint pen on paper
2013
22 " x  29 " 
The last chance by Alexis Avlamis
The last chance
Encaustic, acrylic, coloured, mechanical pencils and ballpoint pen on paper
2013
22 " x  29 " 
Finding safety within by Alexis Avlamis
Finding safety within
Acrylic, coloured and mechanical pencils, ballpoint pen on paper
2013
16" x  22" 
And shine on in an eternal cycle by Alexis Avlamis
And shine on in an eternal cycle
Acrylic, coloured and mechanical pencils, ballpoint pen on paper
2013
16" x  22" 
It gives light to others by Alexis Avlamis
It gives light to others
Acrylic, coloured and mechanical pencils, ballpoint pen on paper
2013
16" x  22" 
In my dreams I hide by Alexis Avlamis
In my dreams I hide
Acrylic, coloured and mechanical pencils, ballpoint pen on paper
2013
16" x  22" 
Sending this message back in time by Alexis Avlamis
Sending this message back in time
Acrylic, coloured and mechanical pencils, ballpoint pen on paper
2013
16" x  22" 

Artist Statement
Starting from scratch and merging existing visuals along with fabricated fragments of otherworldly universes, I produce “landscapes of the mind”, inviting the viewer to see both the parts of the whole as well as the sum of the parts.
 
Constructing alternative realities, I start working from scratch without the use of preliminary sketches or photographs; I
elaborate directly on my imagination, experiences, and memory, using oil, acrylics, pen and ink, mosaic, encaustic, as
well as colored and mechanical pencils. Regardless of the medium, the seeds of my ideas sprout and grow organically as I improvise, weave, add, and overlay. Various forms of natural and manmade organisms are interdependent and seem to live together in harmony. The dreamlike imagery reflects visionary architecture, space-machines, weather phenomena, mythological figures, animals, mountains, material culture, numbers and texts, to name a few. The visual result is a cluster of various microcosms inviting the viewer to see both the parts of the whole as well as the sum of the parts.
 

The paintings are spontaneous and impulsive, borrowing an aesthetic touch from comics and fantasy films exploring the relationship between humans and their surrounding space, both natural and man-made. I implicate the enormous growth of the world of industry and technology in which the human dimension is often lost. Contemporary metropolitan centers, technological advances, material culture, nature, and man contribute to the formation of a dynamic world that evolves, plays with its own components, and beams with sarcasm and self-sarcasm.
 

The latest series of drawings “Rising Cities”,  sets out to explore the transformative possibilities of visionary cities floating in the outer space. A visual study of impossible or speculative structures, man-made space machines that exist only on paper. They appear to be autonomous planets, self-regulated suspended islands, but lifeless, as if they have been abandoned in the past and wait for new settlers to arrive. This world is in constant motion and is comprised of weightless elements and creatures that float, glide, clash and co-exist.

Artist Bio / CV

Alexis Avlamis (b.1979) holds a BFA (hons) in Painting and Mosaic from Athens School of Fine Arts (1997-2002). In 2004 he was accepted at the Rhode Island School of Design for an MFA in Furniture Design. He has participated in a number of group shows, including shows at the IEAA Award laureates, TAG-bxl Gallery, Brussels - IONNE&MANN Art Rooms show, London (2016),  Affordable Art Fair, London (2015) – the 3rd Mamut Art Project, Küçükçiftlik Park, Istanbul (2015) – the 2nd International Emerging Artist Award, FN Designs, Dubai (2013) – the Wynwood Exhibition Center, Miami (2012),- the Sunshine Museum, Beijing (2010) – the Henan Art Center, Zhengzhou (2010) - the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Korean cultural service, Beijing, China (2010)– the State Museum of Contemporary Art , Thessaloniki (2006) - the "An Outing" (Matsopoulos Mill, Beltsios  Private Collection 2006)  and at the "Athina by Art", National Gardens, Athens Olympics (2004).
 
He has also presented his work in solo shows: "Burning in" (gallery Qbox, 2006), "Phantasmagoria" (Zina Athanassiadou Gallery, 2010), "Rising Cities", (Sismanoglio Megaro, Greek Consulate, Istanbul (2014) and “Mind Maps” (upcoming), The Pulse gallery, Athens (2016). Among others, he has been interviewed for Art21’s blog; Inside the artist?s studio, PBS, New York, 2010 and Global Times newspaper, 2010, Beijing, China.  
 
His work was recently shortlisted for the BLOOM AWARD by Warsteiner, Cologne. In the past his work was selected for the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program, New York –  the Dave Bown Projects, 4th Semi-annual competition, New York, the -HESA-print, Helsinki, Finland and is among the Golden 10, the first ten winners of the 2nd International Emerging Artist Award, Dubai. His work is included in private collections in Denmark, Turkey, England, Greece, China, the United States and at the Henan Art Museum, China. He has also participated in artist residencies in Vermont (USA), Beijing (China) and Tampere (Finland). Lives and works between London, Istanbul and Athens.