Ariana Papademetropoulos, ‘For Carlos’, 2017, Wilding Cran Gallery

About Ariana Papademetropoulos

Painting scenes from pre-existing photographs that appear as if water has been spilled on them, Ariana Papademetropolous strives to create works of art that function as portals. Her “Watermark” series reproduces lived-in spaces and environments, luring the viewer inward and yet suggesting a separate, inaccessible space through smudging and blurring. To most accurately create a watermark effect and obscure her scenes, she spills liquids onto photographs and recreates them with paint on a larger scale. Her stains expose the hidden colors and underlying organic patterns that make up a picture, resulting in a perpetually alluring, occasionally haunting image that becomes immersive and contemplative. Influenced by artists like Yayoi Kusama and David Hockney, Papademetropolous is drawn to illusions, façades, and the unseen.

American, b. 1990

Solo Shows

2016
MAMA, 
Los Angeles,
Wonderland Avenue

Group Shows

2018
Winsor Gallery, 
Vancouver,
A State of Infinite Division
2017
SADE, 
Los Angeles,
2015
MAMA, 
Los Angeles,
TO HIDE TO SHOW