Workshop

“Workshop,” an abstract calligraphy piece with natural pigments was inspired by a workshop I took with renowned calligraphist and Greek-Canadian, Georgia Angelopoulos. I like the way she uses lines, composition and form in her work, elements I try to emulate in my own work.

This piece is inspired by the ancient Cypriot syllabary alphabet and symbolizes the strong connection to both the land and civilization that developed writing. There is also a powerful relation to history and nature in my color choices and lettering. Both have earth tones and leaf-like qualities to them that reflect the never-changing relationship between art and nature.

Pigments from Cyprus. The strong ochre can be mixed to create many different pigments. The deep blue pigment in a similar way can be mixed with various pigments which will produce a variety of colour

Pigments from Cyprus. The strong ochre can be mixed to create many different pigments. The deep blue pigment in a similar way can be mixed with various pigments which will produce a variety of colour

During Georgia’s workshop organized by Graphic Stories in Cyprus, a team of devoted graphic artists, I learned to appreciate the art of calligraphy and Georgia’s calligraphy pieces, which often relate to Byzantine and Greek writing and illuminated manuscripts mostly found on pages of calligraphy books. Georgia’s choice of words and pigments are both beautiful and very close to my Greek heart.

The abstract composition I created. It reads Imagine. Inspired by Julian Lennon's song

The abstract composition I created. It reads Imagine. Inspired by Julian Lennon’s song

 

The composition reads, “Imagine” in reference to John Lennon’s song by the same title, and uses actual pigments from the island of Cyprus.