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.