My work was inspired by the inside pillars of the Sydney Opera House. Exploring the inherent values found within its abstraction, I deconstructed the building, stripping it of functionality and leaving only raw shapes. Manipulating these patterns/shapes I have created a seamlessly fluid sculpture that is almost painterly in form.
Courtesy of Artereal Gallery
Yioryios Papayioryiou is a 2014 graduate of the Australian National University and École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts Paris, where he obtained a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours, majoring in painting.
He is currently intrigued by architecture, particularly mid-century modern design, exploring the inherent values found within its abstraction, all of which inspires his work. Attempting to deconstruct the fundamentals of architecture and stripping it of functionality and order, Yioryios is essentially left with what it is that creates the aesthetically fascinating dimensions that he sees and feels when inside a well-designed space. The results of this exploration are seamlessly fluid sculptures that are almost painterly in form. As an artist, inspiration also stems from a desire to explore and manipulate particular mediums. Although completing his honours in painting, it has been a natural progression to create the sculptural forms of his current output. Even as a painter, Yioryios preferred using his hands in order to feel a more physical connection to his work by manipulating and sculpting the paint 'from within'.
The ongoing fascination with architecture and his curiosity as an artist has led his practice to where it is now, and Yioryios is looking forward to seeing what other mediums he can manipulate to represent and explore complex notions.
aluminium, acrylic paint
61 x 64 x 63 cm
Plinth Prize; Finalist
Yioryios, in conversation with Professor Ian Howard, discusses his work SOH - Black, Chromium Oxide Green, Ultramarine Blue & Pink and answers questions from the audience. Recorded on 15 October 2016 at the exhibition.
Judges of the 2016 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Wendy Whiteley OAM (Ambassador for the visual arts), Rhonda Davis (Senior Curator at Macquarie University Art Gallery) and Barry Keldoulis (CEO and Group Fairs Director of Art Fairs Australia).
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