Let me invite you to my upcoming exhibition in Beijing. I hope you will join me for the opening reception. It will be a wonderful time to share my artwork with you and introduce you to the work of my friend Yorgos, a very special Greek artist living in Beijing.
March 27th — April 8th, 2007
Opening reception: Thursday, March 29th, 6:30 pm
Beijing Today Art Museum, 3rd floor
Address: No.32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010-5876 9397
Organized by Beijing Today Art Museum.
This is a meeting between two painters of disparate origins; one hailing from Greece in Mediterranean Europe, the other born in Xinjiang in the extreme West of China, both now sharing the reality of living and working in Beijing.
While their art has similarities that immediately strike the viewer, such as the palette of colours they use, their common interest in texture and patina, and a certain poetic quality, it also has many disparities. Gulistan seems to follow a more thematic approach in her latest work, constantly travelling between tradition and modernity. Yorgos, in his Beijing work, seems particularly influenced by the surroundings and notably the “cinematographic” character of the Chinese reality.
So what is the driving force behind their meeting and the common base for their exchange?
To answer this question, one has to look carefully beyond the disparities of representation in their paintings. One has to concentrate on the rhythm of their work and to “listen” to the music ever present below the surface of their paintings.
In fact, their common passion for music is an important driving force of their art. It makes their meeting not only possible, but also complementary and creates an intriguingly harmonious experience for the viewer.