The ancient Greeks painted on their sculptures, in the same way Greek-Australian artist Efrossini Chaniotis has always painted on hers.Having studied sculpture in Australia and painting in Greece, Efrossini’s practice naturally combined both. Her vibrant colour palette is reflective of growing up ‘down+under’ and her propensity for storytelling, myth and exploration of Mediterranean themes, the indelible imprint of a rich cultural heritage.
THE PAINTED SCULPTURE is an exhibition of figurative 3D works that the artist says : “Represent the meeting of Hellenism and Australianism. They are indicative of my journey through a landscape of migration, cross-cultural education, and artistic identity. In Australia I was taught lateral-thinking, to develop concepts for my art and to experiment; to be free from the authority that tradition bares. In Greece I was taught discipline and to embrace art history and to seek beauty, which inspired me to believe in the power of art”
Showcasing 3 themes currently in Efrossini’s work : The Wishing Tree, The Fisherman and Mermaid’s Tale and the Cycladic Art inspired: The Little Mykonos Project, that explore the capacity for art to generate and tell spirited stories. All three aspire to evoke emotion and wonder to an adult audience and all three merge the colour and composition elements inherent in the painting medium with the figurative, sculptural form.
Efrossini’s work draws from her childhood experiences of storytelling, modern art and her Hellenic background. Her artistic execution and themes are in her own admission, person centred, perhaps romantic and idealized. As a Greek-Australian and as a sculptor and painter, her work deals with bringing opposites together and, compelled to and delights in, discovering ways of creating harmony within things; a purpose ingrained as a child of immigrant parents..
Full Online Catalogue available from gallery website from June 8th
In November of last year I participated in the EQUINOX group exhibition held at Steps Gallery in Carlton
All 4 of my Randevouz at the Tavern paintings sold!!!
‘I feel a lot of gratitude to the collectors and exhibition organizers for the Sweeet’ manner in which I emerged from lockdowns!!
Early 2021 was a busy start to the year full of creative adventures for me. Bursting to share news on projects Iv been involved with:
MURALS two very large mural commissions, one bigger than the next! In FEB I did a an outdoor mural for the Imvrian club in Mentone. In early May I created an uber long LOUVRE-GALLERY style interior mural for St johns college in Preston, that consisted of 75 paintings. Both located in Melbourne, Australia. Too many details to get into here so I’ll write a blog about them in June.
COMMISSION heaven!! From mid January onwards I had a list of wonderful commissions to do. A MODERN ICON based on the Greek war of independance heroine Laskarina Bouboulina, that will eventually wind up in her museum in Greece, and 3 personal commissions for collectors in Australia.
BOOKS, great books, English translations of the full collection of ancient Greek plays, using my art on the covers, got published. George Theodoridis’ brilliant translations and editorials are recognised internationally and used widely, even in places like Harvard University.
Some great articles have also been written about the murals and the modern icon. I will soon add them to the MEDIA page and a link here too for you.
THE BELLINGEN DAYS
SOLO EXHIBITION, Dec 2 – Jan 3 : Enter the Lush Green
Spending time in the valleys and coastlines of northern NSW has inspired me to continue the Fisherman & Mermaid’s Tale series; a theme that first debuted in my solo exhibition of the same name 2 years ago in Melbourne.
The mermaid is now venturing into the forest in this new show planned for December at the Federal Hotel in this idyllic town cent.
All the artworks of the exhibition in a video for you to watch
SOLO EXHIBITION, Feb 24 – April 26 : A Brush With The Blues
The exhibition launch brought with it a near ‘sell out show’!!
+ The opening celebrations were held on a warm afternoon on Sunday 24th of Feb.
+ Hosted by ARGO Fishop Artspace 318 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North, Melbourne show was opened by the multi award winning photographer Michael Teo
+ A live Greek music jam took place with friends on the day. Music as an integral part of the exhibition made the day full of joy and great energy for all who attended
+ Was nearly a sell out show with only 3 works remaining at the end of the day; The instrument maker, The band (sculpture) & Rendezvous at the tavern 2.
+ Covid 19 restrictions in Victoria started a couple of weeks after the show launched so I thank the ‘Art Angels’ that I scheduled the opening when I did..phew!
This was an exhibition of new paintings & sculptures based on the Greek Blues: A musical style forged by refugees, outsiders &rebels:
A Brush with the Blues provided an insight into the music, history and current life of Rebetika(also known as the Greek Blues), a rich cultural phenomenon full of artistry and courage, exploring values and themes still relevant today. All the art in this exhibition was inspired by this beautiful and historically rich genre of music that impacted Greece and continues to be expressed and developed, further inspiring generations beyond its borders.
I aim to update the BLOG with a video capturing the vibe on the day of the opening, by the end of June 2020. Around the same time I will be uploading more artworks from the show in: ART GALLERY and the few pieces currently available in ART FOR SALE
2 ARTICLES were written about the show by Neos Kosmos publication here in Melbourne
“We’re proud to share our first edition of “Inside the Artist’s Studio,” a new audio series highlighting artists who create innovative Greek-inspired works.
This episode features Effie Chaniotis (Efrossiniart) of Melbourne, Australia. Effie is a painter and sculptor who created a unique series of works incorporating stylistic elements of Byzantine iconography”
ENA MATI/ ONE EYE ENA MATI / One Eye is a painting I created in early 2021 for the group exhibition: Antipodean Palette METAMORPHOSIS, held in Melbourne, Australia. It is an artwork that celebrates the artistic and cultural legacy left by Greece to the world. My painting also serves
LISTEN to me narrate my story with the help of some of the art. A selection of paintings, sculptures and illustrations flow through this recorded narration of ‘The Fisherman and Mermaid’s Tale’ PART 1 PART 2 THE MAKING OF THE STORY A recap: I first created this
BRAZIL: In a small coastal town in northern Brazil I created some paintings for the foyer of a hotel I was staying at. Those artworks inspired a love story about a fisherman and a mermaid who in turn transform themselves to live in each other’s worlds. It was spontaneous, unexpected
‘A Brush With the Blues’ was held in Melbourne in February 2020. This was just before Covid hit the scene, forcing us to isolate. The timing for the exhibition in itself, is cause for celebrating. Most of us didn’t know what was coming.The show’s opening was literally a raging success.
Soma Art Space in Brunswick, Melbourne, hosted my solo show in November 2018. The work looked amazing in this beautiful, light filled gallery on busy Sydney Rd. I felt encouraged by the uplifting feedback and encouragement I received from the many people who came to see the show. Most people
A Love Made Out Of Thin Air Even though they occupied different dimensions of air space, occasionally they ventured into each other’s domain so they knew of each other. Theirs was an unexpected pairing as it was not customary for fairies and birds to take to each other romantically. Many flying
A Constellation Landscape Leaving the castle behind her she entered the forest and followed the stars that twinkled through the branches of the trees, guiding her to a new place. As she approached she heard humming, water, singing and laughter. She saw an infinite blue sea beneath galaxies, particles of
9 months ago I was feeling spontaneous but my nerves took over at the start. If it wasn’t for the good vibes from friends who first saw this posted on my Facebook page, I wouldn’t have shared it here. Guess it’s time for a brave heart !! In this video
My ‘ENA MATI/ One Eye’ painting features in this group exhibition, organised by the Greek Australian Cultural League
All the artworks selected for this years exhibition were presented as large posters in the lane ways of inner city Melbourne, instead of the usual Gallery space.
The GACL proudly paving the way for innovative ways to share art of the Greek diaspora with the general public. I’m honoured to take part in this years show.
Prints of ENA MATI are available in my QUICK-BUY SHOP in this website.
Click HERE to read all about my work and to view the other 13 artist’s work
‘Assorted works’ at CAFE RAY 2021-2022
332 Victoria st. Brunswick
Always on a look out for art-loving local businesses to display and sell my work from. Last year my blessed artist in residency at MISS MARMALADE , Union st. Brunswick came to an end. Another family affair is the long running and funky eatery CAFE RAY, near the hub of Sydney rd.
I have a selection of original paintings and fine art prints on display inside; all beautifully framed and ready to grace the walls of homes around the hood (and beyond)
My neice Effie Chaniotis helping me install 3 MAIDENS at Ray’s (yes we have the same name!)
THE PAINTED SCULPTURE: Where Hellenism & Australianism meet
SOLO SHOW OF SCULPTURES TAKING PLACE IN JUNE/JULY 2022
June 15 – July 2
Opening Celebration Thursday June 16th 6.30 – 8.30pm