Artista invitado IV Bienal 2017


GEORGE POLITIS    Thessaloniki (Grecia)

George Politis paints in watermedia and lives in Thessaloniki in Greece.

He is signature member of
AWS (American Watercolor Society)
RI (Royal Institute of Painters in WOtercolors)
SDWS (San Diego Watercolor Society)
AWA (Arizona Watercolor Association)
NEWS (North East Watercolor Society)
IAF (Institut des Arts Figuratifs) and has served as President of the Artists Society of Northern Greece (2009-2015).
He had solo exhibitions, including: Vafopouleion Gallery (Thessaloniki, 2017), Metropolitan Gallery (Thessaloniki, 2017), Govedarou Art Gallery (Thessaloniki, 2015), Dipolo Gallery (Thessaloniki, 2015), Triveni Gallery, N. Delhi (2014), Reims (France, 2013), Myro Gallery (Thessaloniki , 2013), Techni Gallery (Kilkis, 2013), Piraeus Bank Convention Centre (Thessaloniki 2010), Geni Tzami, Thessaloniki, 2006, Hellenic Centre, (London, 2002), Gallery 47 (London, 2001), Aristotelion University in Thessaloniki and Katerini St-Fotios in 1999; Rodopouleio Center, Larissa in 1998; exhibition of the Organization of the Cultural Capital of Europe at City Hall of Thessaloniki, 1997; Municipality of Thessaloniki, 1996.
He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Greece and in international exhibitions and contests. His paintings won many international awards.

George Politis was invited and participated in the Biennial of Shenzhen, China (2015), Biennial of Shanghai (2012), the 1st Watercolor Salon of Qingdao (China, 2014) and the 1st Biennial of Watercolor of Qingdao (2015), Kaifeng (2015), Silk Road Art Festival in China (2016, 2017) etc.

He has served as juror in National and International watercolor exhibitions and he is the organizer and curator of the Thessaloniki Biennial of Watercolor (“Watercolor International-Greece”) and the Watercolor Salon of Thessaloniki.

His paintings are featured in art books and catalogs (International Artist 2001, L’ Aquarelliste 2000, L’ Art de I’ Aquarelle 2012, 2016, The Artist 2000, 2002, Artissime 2013, The Artist -USA 2017, Le Grand Livre de I’ Aquarelle etc).

Artist’s Statement
I love painting in watercolor and mixed watermedia.
Selecting whether going in the “pure” direction of totally transparent watercolour, or using acrylic inks, collage and other media is based on the subject and on the personal reaction to a potential subject.

The medium is not the most important thing. The result is…
Thus, I like to experiment a lot and find new ways to express my ideas. I experiment with various materials and processes, very often disregarding rules. Especially in my “Wall Series” I like to create some… controlled chaos and find ways to compose and create a balanced painting out of this chaos.

I like aged material, rusty metal, weathered wood…
Time plays a very basic role in my paintings; particularly the way it leaves its mark on varied objects and on nature itself fascinates me. I see in the old, rusty and ravaged both truth and excitement. I can find inspiration in ordinary and commonly overlooked items, responding to them with dramatically different feelings each time, whether emphasizing the serenity, the loneliness, the atmosphere, the melancholy.

My aim is to make the viewer share my feelings and share my love for such objects that have “lived” in glory once… and that can still have sparkle today !!