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I believe in the free minded artist who in spite manifestos allows for a journey to take place, unknown, fearful and lonely, driven by a stimulus, recounting memories of his experiences of sorrow, pains, fears, doubts, the conscious and subconscious together, facing the challenge of planning the means of colour, form, space, balance, crescendos, materials, to deliver the essence and the magical poetics.

 

Classifications belong to scholar historians and the honest art works being prophetic not fitting in trends, live in loneliness.

 

Inevitably I reflect on my very own experiences that fuel my work. Growing up in Greece, my primary influences come from well embedded experiences from my exposure and study of three stages of the Art that flourished locally, the expressionistic Byzantine, the minimalistic Cycladic and the so contemporary and poorly stigmatized as naturalistic, Classical, its relieves, vases, architecture.

 

I rejoice delving in different materials that are promising to become poetic vehicles, beyond materiality and the objective way of seeing.

ieve in the free minded artist who in spite manifestos allows for a journey to take place, unknown, fearful and lonely, driven by a stimulus, recounting memories of his experiences of sorrow, pains, fears, doubts, the conscious and subconscious together, facing the challenge of planning the means of colour, form, space, balance, crescendos, materials, to deliver the essence and the magical poetics.

 

Classifications belong to scholar historians and the honest art works being prophetic not fitting in trends, live in loneliness.

 

Inevitably I reflect on my very own experiences that fuel my work. Growing up in Greece, my primary influences come from well embedded experiences from my exposure and study of three stages of the Art that flourished locally, the expressionistic Byzantine, the minimalistic Cycladic and the so contemporary and poorly stigmatized as naturalistic, Classical, its relieves, vases, architecture.

 

I rejoice delving in different materials that are promising to become poetic vehicles, beyond materiality and the objective way of seeing.

 

Exhibitions & Other Pursuits

 

1968-1973       School of Fine Arts

1975                Diploma of Education, Melbourne State College

1976- 1993      Primary School Teaching

1978                Working Women’s Exhibition

1979                Set design, “The Strike” by Skourtis, Melbourne

1980                Panhellenic Cultural Movement, Athens

1980                Panhellenic Cultural Movement, St. Mark, Heraklion, Crete

1980                Panhellenic Cultural movement, Thessaloniki

1980                Protest Exhibition, EPASKT, Athens

1981                Set design and costumes, “The Age of The Night”, by I. Kambanelis, Melbourne

1982                EPNA Youth Festival exhibition

1982                Greek Week, Exhibition, Prahran College Gallery

1982                Set Design, “The 4 Legs of a Table” by Kambanelis

1982-3             Childrens’ book illustrations

1984                Greek Week, Exhibition, Collins Place

1984                Solo exhibition, Victorian Artist Society

1985                My work is selected for the publication “WOMEN 150” for the 150 celebrations, Victoria

1986                Solo exhibition, Youth Festival EPNA.

1987                Solo exhibition, Gallery Chrisothemis, Athens

1988                “ORIGINS” Gabriel Gallery, Footscray

1989                Antipodes Festival, Roar Gallery, Melbourne

1990                Spoleto Festival, exhibition, “RITUALS” Gabriel Gallery, Footscray

1990                Budinski Theatre, exhibition

1990                Article in the magazine “FIELDS FACTORIES FEMINISM”

1997                “WOMEN 97”, Mechanics Institute Gallery, Brunswick

1997                Solo exhibition, Mechanics Institute Gallery, Brunswick

1998                “WOMEN 98”, Mechanics Institute Gallery, Brunswick

1998                Fitzroy Gallery, Fitzroy

1998                Solo exhibition, Gabriel Gallery, Footscray

1999                Counihan Gallery, Moreland City Council, Brunswick

2000                Logo design for the Greek-Australian Cultural League

2000                Member of the Moreland Arts Board

2002                Public Art Project, New Quay Precint

2010                WOMENS SALON, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

2011                Antipodean Palette, Steps Gallery, Melbourne



 


Kalliroe (Roula) Tsiatis

Exhibitions & Other
Pursuits

 

I was born in Athens to a talented dressmaker and a Byzantine chanter. I studied painting and drawing under N. Nikolaou and Y. Moralis and Theatrical set design under Vas. Vasiliadis, at the School of Fine Arts, Athens Metsovio Polytechnic, and graduated as a government scholarship recipient (IKY) with high distinction and a major award.

Upon completing my studies, in 1974, I migrated to Australia with my spouse to escape limited life experiences. Survival being the main issue, supplying the studio with good quality materials was of secondary importance. A grant from the Victorian Arts Council coming at the right time, covered all the required expenses of a solo exhibition.

In the new place though, I developed an urge to discover other professional areas.

I enrolled at the Melbourne State College to graduate, specializing in teaching in the then underprivileged inner suburban schools, of high migrant population.

I became the first primary school teacher, qualified to run a bilingual program in the state system. My artistic skills perfectly matched the Ministerial philosophy and methodological expectations which was the essence of space and the prerequisite of freedom to explore it, experience and communicate.

My encounter with the then harsh demographics of the inner suburbs, of people whose reserves of interest towards aesthetics or the luxury of Art was of non-existent or limited, I felt the challenge of a series of paintings as I had to master philanthropic emotions of pity, the visuals of their appearance, their hands, their faces. That resulted in the series of “The Iconostasi of My Saints”

Experiencing the unforgiving art environment for any sort of sidetracking or experimentation or even questioning as to the social role of Art, big series have been created, ‘The Armchairs”, “The Luteplayers”, “Wings of Desire”, “Eros and Death”, “Herbs of Humility”, each time experimenting with different materials.

When the time allowed it, I worked as a children’s book illustrator, for the Ministry of Education, I organized workshops for children, at the Melbourne Museum on Greek Ancient Art, I also worked as an artist in residence in schools again promoting Greek Art.

When on leave, I was commissioned by the architectural firm of P. Madisson for a Public Art work at the New Quay Precinct.

Currently I am working on comic cartoons an unexpectedly engaging exercise as well as investigating digital Art.

 

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