Journey of Life by modern painter Eleni Sameli Varouhakis
Eleni Sameli Varouxakis is a Greek Architect and Painter who lives in Athens, Greece. She studied Architecture (BA) in England, at the University of Kent where she obtained her Bachelor with distinction. Afterwards she completed a two years Master at the Middlessex University in London (MA) Master of Arts in Design, with specialization in lighting.
The painting sprang from her spontaneously with her own Impressionist style that was considered pioneering by her English teachers, who were impressed by her skill in the spatula (palette knife), her technique and the ethos of her painting, urging her to work professionally with her painting.
Since 2016, she has already written a successful track with exhibitions in Athens, Paris and Cannes.
Last year, the Tsichritzis Foundation for Visual Arts (IETT) presented the first solo painting exhibition of the artist Eleni Sameli Varouxaki, entitled “Journey of life, Color and Light”.
We had the chance to view and accept the trip to the color and splendor of the sea, works of acrylic and oil on canvas and Plexiglas fabrics. A world of shapes and colors of her own design and personal aesthetics succeeded to excite our senses and be part of this colorful world, result of two years work.
The Art Historian Mrs. Emmy Varouxakis notes at her text titled “THE COLORS OF CALMNESS”:
Art, and especially painting, is a writing that stems from the artist’s inner world. It’s an expression of mind and soul according with his experiences, memories and distant expectations, denatured in gesture, colors, composition and economy of space.
No one else than him can penetrate into the white canvas and manage to fill the vacuum carried off with almost automatic, orchestrating and direct movements, using the time that he defines and arranges passing over the image multiple times in order to give the final and ideal form he has inside him.
The Tsichritzis Foundation owning to a great collector and benefactor in Kifissia, brought us through her eyes, a world of shapes and colours of her own design and personal aesthetics.
Her works are original, personal, unaffected. Some experts speak of impressionist achievements. In her paintings the light changes around her boats into the sea and the sky, creating shades and highlights in basic tones of blue, brown and white. Her touch comes out of a spatula (palette knife) with power and determination. It’s not a stroke but a “touche”, a touch of color on the canvas. Her theme is deliberately simplified, the boats come out of a fairytale, proud and straight through the waves, ignoring the foaming wave that exists to glorify the color. Meanwhile they embrace the wind, the brotherhood, the passion and utopia.
Vessels in the foreground, vertical and dense lines in the depth of the horizon as a fleet along the way, ready for a forward meeting, moving in a quieter atmosphere without tension.
Harmony and tranquility come out of all the works of Eleni Sameli Varouxakis, either in seascapes or flowers and starfish, even in hearts in a colorful festive environment. Every theme is good when color “sings” in it.
Until her last flowers became fireworks breaking the contours. Her works don’t arrive at expressionist condensation because she keeps the measure of Greek view and the sense of tranquility, mental serenity and philosophical attractivity. Values that have taught us and remain in the memory of all Hellenes throughout the ages of Epichtetus, Epicurus, and their disciples. Life attitude and ways that have sustained us through many turbulences and upheavals, and succeeded in continuing to exist at the new generation that Eleni represents today.
As she believes, there is harmony, peace of soul in nature and life, and that’s what she wants to express in her paintings. So, as the stoic philosophers believed the same and they did schools to teach it as a way of life, why not to be glad to see this tradition live to a new artist today?
Eleni’s world it expresses us all, at least in our happy moments. The search for happiness is the right of all, and if art manages to bring it to us, we do not close our eyes. We are made to accept it as a piece of music played by wonderful instruments. It is certain that as a whole, the works of our new painter introduce us to a world full of harmonious balances, happy moments and pleasant memories.
Tsichritzis Art Foundation (Idrima Ikastikon Texnon Tsichritzi)
Address: Kassaveti str. 18 & Gr. Afksentiou Kifissia, GR 14562
Tel: +30 210-8019975 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist Eleni Sameli Varouxaki
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