Stelios Karamanolis Title / Fast Paced Collectives
30 September 2019 - 01 November 2019
Eins Gallery, 28 Themidos, 3036, Limassol, Cyprus
When looking at Stelios Karamanolis‘ works we find ourselves wandering through
deserted valleys, passing by skinny smoke signs, proliferus plants or colourful clouds.
Besides a sink or a chimney one finds very little traces of mankind. Instead of humans,
chatty, funny or inquisitive looking creatures populate the artists‘ canvases. Like picture
puzzles, their expressions shimmer depending on the position of the observer. Thus,
every day objects become magical vibrant creatures.
Painted often with pastel colors Stelios Karamanolis‘ works evoke a dreamy, cloudy
atmosphere. If one doesn‘t know whether we are trespassing a post apocalyptic or
utopian landscape the mostly friendly looking beasts make sure there is no need to be
worried. Maybe there have been human beings before, but they are long gone. Now,
what one gets to see might be some leftovers of modern life. Memories of the past like
old stones from ancient times.
Stelios Karamanolis‘ rural sceneries recollect illustrations one often encounters in antique
art. He combines comical elements, drawing and scripture. His flat, abstract style of
painting and the division of the canvases reminds of preliminary studies well known from
renaissance painters such as Albrecht Dürer oder Hieronymus Bosch. Instead of blank
paper, Stelios Karamanolis uses raw canvases as ground.