Artists >> Politi Urania Irini

As an artist I work mainly in oils on canvas or linen and make numerous works on paper with acrylics, gouaches and mixed media.

From early on in my career I have explored the idea of what I call "psychological landscapes". These were landscapes created either completely from imagination or based on actual landscapes. My aim was to explore this idea using the painter's tools of colour, perspective and composition in order to give a visual stimulus for a "psychological experience" upon the viewer. Challenging expectations is part of this game to force the viewer to never quite feel comfortable with the image, yet finding it visually interesting and seductive at the same time.

Whilst the human figure was frequently present in my work to serve as a human gauge, in the past decade it has become more prominent. My explorations have taken me from the landscape (which I still continue to work on) to our artificially constructed environments, our interior spaces. My paintings are like snap-shots, vignettes of daily lives. These spaces are the theatre in which we enact out of our routines. We get lost in these routines, which are socially isolated acts, and lose sense of who we really are internally. My figures are clumsy and awkward. They are vulnerable and unsure. They are oblivious to the viewer, whoever that viewer might be.

 



Qualifications

1999      Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Art and English), RMIT Melbourne, Australia

1996      Wimbledon School of Art, England as part of BFA studies

1998      BFA (Painting/Photography), RMIT Melbourne, Australia

1994     Advanced Certificate in Art and Design, RMIT TAFE, Melbourne, Australia




Exhibitions

SOLO SHOWS

2015    Theodoros Stamos Gallery, Municipal Cultural Centre, Lefkada, Greece

2011     Theodoros Stamos Gallery, Municipal Cultural Centre, Lefkada, Greecew

1998     Metropolitan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

GROUP SHOWS

2015      Gallery ELL, New York/London, online group exhibition “Figur/e/ation”

2013    Euroart Studios, London, UK

2008    Eptanisian Painters, Municipal Cultural Centre, Lefkada, Greece

2008    Annual Members' Exhibition, The Arts Club, Mayfair, England

2007    Annual Members' Exhibition, The Arts Club Mayfair, England

2003   Eptanisian Painters, Municipal Cultural Centre, Lefkada, Greece

2002   Eptanisian Painters, Municipal Cultural Centre, Lefkada, Greece

1997 “Contingency “at Span Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

1998   "Citadel", St. Kilda Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia

1998   "Citadel", Gasworks Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia

1996 "Progression", RMIT Union Exhibition Space

1995 "Hysterical Fugue State", The Lounge, Melbourne, Australia

1994 “Six and Out" Brink Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

1994   "Body", Steps Gallery, Melbourne, Australia




Other Activities
       

2016      Espacio Gallery, member

2016      Art Reveal online magazine issue #14

2015      The painting “Lucina and Peter” was preselected for The Columbia Threadneedle Art Prize     

2014       Axisweb, UK membership

2013       Zeitgeist Art Project UK

2012-present        Celseste Prize online member

2006-08   Euroart Studios, Tottenham, London UK

2010      Co-curated and translated for the ‘Orpheas Folklore Museum of Lefkada’

2005-present Member of The Arts Club, Mayfair, London UK



Personal Website

www.ipoliti.co.uk

www.axisweb.org/p/iriniuraniapoliti

http://www.celesteprize.com/member/idu:73741/





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