‘Apostolos Georgiou was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1952. In 1971 he enrolled at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna where he studied architecture and later continued his studies at the Academy of Beaux Arts in Florence to study painting, where he graduated in 1975. In a recent interview Georgiou stated: ‘a painting must have the tension to provoke us to look at it, to wake us up from a state of indifference’. (Sources below)
His blocky, indistinct and predominantly grey-suited male figures all seem trapped in bleak, non-descript interiors or landscapes. They are all busy doing stuff but it’s not quite clear what they are doing or to whom. Important details are omitted, the images are ambiguous, open to suggestion. The paintings are all quite large and Georgiou’s brush work is obvious, direct and powerful. This art was another great discovery in the course reference book, Vitamin P3 – new perspectives in painting.
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Phaidon Editors, (2019) Vitamin P3 – new perspectives in painting