Dimitris Pavlopoulo’s primitive style paintings are inherently figurative, yet their naive imagery is predominantly design orientated, has an illustrative quality that is founded on an abstract painterly aesthetic. This juxtaposition of abstraction and design is what makes his pictures so compelling, his figures created as vessels to be filled by textures, colors, and ideas, beautiful compositions that conspire to feed our desire for aesthetically beautiful objects.
Dimitris Pavlopoulos repeats the same motifs in his paintings, yet each picture is utterly different, his starting point the relationship between painterly concepts such as texture, color, line, and form; This play on ideas gives him space to explore how we see a painting, the depth and nuance of material as well as the potential it has to manipulate how we view the picture plane. Some of his figures look like copper or collage-like cut outs, the rest more illustrative in nature.
This freedom of expression, of looking to articulate the emotional and poetic quality of an image through painterly concepts, is a subject that has preoccupied many artists throughout the 20th century, some of whom have laid the foundation for Pavlopoulo's own creative journey, such as Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly, Franz Jozef Kline, Jacek Göttel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Antoni Tapies, Roger Ballen and Agusti Puig. Pavlopoulos continues in the tradition of these great artists, as a painter who is in love with his medium, in the possibilities that lie in brush and paint, in the potential that an abstract world of strange humanoid figures can lead us into a world that lightens up our own imagination.
Here’s what he has to say about his work:
My name is Dimitris and I'm a painter with my own studio in Thessaloniki, Greece. I started painting and drawing as a child. I studied painting and graphic design and I have participated in many group exhibitions. I was born and raised in Greece, on the island of Thassos in 1981 in a small village near the beach. My paintings express my memories and impressions on the world. My stile is romantic, lyrical, elaborate and meaningful. I am inspired by the mystery of our existence, which becomes even more profound and exciting with increasing knowledge.
Athens School of Fine Arts
Master of Fine Arts, 2005