New Efrossini Chaniotis exhibition to show the link between “Australianism and Hellenism”

New exhibition by Efrossini Chaniotis 3D figurative works, The painted sculpturewill be on display at Melbourne’s Ladder Art Space from Wednesday June 15 to Saturday July 2.

The Greek-Australian artist has always painted on her sculptures like the ancient Greeks. Having studied sculpture in Australia and painting in Greece, Efrossini’s practice naturally combines the two.

Its vibrant color palette reflects growing up “Down Under” and its propensity for storytelling, myth and exploration of Mediterranean themes, the indelible imprint of a rich cultural heritage.

Efrossini says his new sculptures “represent the meeting of Hellenism and Australianism. They bear witness to my journey through a landscape of migration, intercultural education and artistic identity.

“In Australia, I was taught to think laterally, to develop concepts for my art and to experiment; to be free from the authority that tradition lays bare. In Greece, I was taught discipline and to embrace art history and seek beauty, which inspired me to believe in the power of art,” she adds.

Presenting three themes currently in Efrossini’s work: the wishing tree, the tale of the fisherman and the mermaid, and inspired Cycladic art: The Little Mykonos Project that explore art’s ability to generate and tell spirited stories.

All three aspire to evoke emotion and wonder in adult audiences and all three fuse the elements of color and composition inherent in the medium of painting with figurative and sculptural form.

Efrossini’s work is inspired by his childhood experiences with storytelling, modern art and his Hellenic background. His artistic execution and themes are, by his own admission, person-centered, perhaps romantic and idealized.

As a Greek-Australian and as a sculptor and painter, her job is to bring opposites together and,
compels and delights in discovering ways to create harmony in things; an ingrained goal as
child of immigrant parents.

Exhibition details:

  • Location: Ladder Art Space, 81 Denmark St. Kew, Melbourne.
  • Appointment: Runs from Wednesday June 15 to Saturday July 2.
  • Opening celebration: Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Gallery opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings by appointment.

James C. Tibbs