Guy Hepner | May 2018
For the third of their run of seven curated shows, TAX Collection and Guy Hepner present 'Pointillism Revisited', a solo exhibition by Dimitri Likissas. Opening May 10th, 'Pointillism Revisited' is a collection of the artist's newest works, stemming from a long tradition of using distinct dots of color in art, which the viewer's mind blends together to create the final image.
Playing with chromatic tonality and the dissection of visual planes, Dimitri creates works that seem to move and undulate within the canvas as if attempting to escape their two dimensional confines. While the dots work together in harmony to create the image, their circular nature acts in opposition to his square and rectangular canvases, reminding us of the basic elements of life and how atoms are in a contstant movement - propelling against each other - creating matter itself.
About The Artist
Coming from a graphic design background, Dimitri has extensive knowledge of color, how it is broken down and how different tones work together on paper. This specific technical knowledge applied to canvas can be seen particularly in his abstract works that focus solely on creating colorful, aesthetically pleasing compositions. In his early works he would create a single colored dot pattern on which he would later superimpose a subject; nowadays he has evolved this technique so that the subject is intrinsically part of the painting from the start.
Dimitri has been painting and experimenting with dots and color for over 20 years, but only recently, with his move to Greece, did he decide to dedicate his life to his art, leaving behind his graphic design work to paint full time. His body of work has maintained the same technical and stylistic approach over all these years while the content has developed as he has moved through different countries and life events. He divides his oeuvre into three categories: the abstract works, the text works, and the icons. The pieces in which he incorporates text are inspired by modern times and the rise of social media, he was intrigued by the way people shorten their words while texting and communicating on screen: ‘in real life’ becomes ‘IRL’, ‘tomorrow’ becomes ‘2moro’; creating a new vocabulary in itself.
Equally inspired by the changing world around him as from that of the past he continues develop works that represent icons, these range from interpretations of seminal works of art by Frieda Kahlo and Vincent Van Gogh, among others, as well as portraits of celebrities past and present from Marilyn Monroe to Karl Lagerfeld.