Cadogan Contemporary presents an exhibition by the Greek artist Sofia Petropoulou (b. 1964). Opening with a Private View on Tuesday the 26th April, 6.00pm to 8.30pm.
Sofia Petropoulou is one of the leading figures in Contemporary Greek painting. Her new collection of paintings drift between pure abstraction, landscape and still life. The characteristic ochre colour of her backgrounds provides a consistency through this collection, allowing the harmonious blocks and scrapes of colour to jump out at the viewer.
Her paintings are directly inspired by the real world, a fact which lends every one of her canvases an element of familiarity. Petropoulou’s work exhibits an evident sensitivity for colour and intense attention to the quality of her brushstrokes. Movement, the subtle and intricate play and suggestion of light, these are the products of Petropoulou’s facility with the brush. Sofia is able to pick up on the smallest vital details of the spirit of her subject and from them, to extrapolate a profound interpretation that walks the line between abstraction and naturalism.
The landscape of her native Greece permeates her work. With the splashes of blue evoking the Aegean Sea. There is certainly a ‘greekness’ to her work, this collection in particular seem to have influences of Greek abstract painters like Yiannis Moralis. This exhibition also coincides with the Greek art sale at Bonhams in April.