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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Colin Staples

Colin Staples

Colin Staples Biography

For Colin Staples "Art" and the world of "Visual Imagery" has always been a vital driving force within his life. It is where he instinctually connects with the beauty and character of each subject he puts on canvas, and the place where he discovers the moment where the visual journey begins with the train of thought in mind …

“I let go and watch the work create itself”

Although Colin’s love for art has existed since his early childhood years, and has continued to develop throughout his adult life Colin professes, “the concepts behind my art have been largely influenced by years of studying martial arts and it‘s philosophy of "shedding the ego“. Colin feels his best work is expressed through this approach, which has created a solid sense of intimacy and trust with the process and the subjects he paints.

Colin’s work is primarily portrait and figure in acrylics, which resonates a genuine feel of freshness through the continuous strokes and mixing of new colors. His paintings are on a large scale where Colin’s objective is to paint to the surface of the canvas while retaining the quality of the soul he sees before him. He states “although there is a lot of pre-planning that has to take place prior to the actual painting of the subject … and most of it goes out the window. However, it is at that very place where my ego moves out of the way and allows the image to create itself“.

“my work is completed within the one sitting to capture the soul and life essence of the subject. I find when I allow my soul the freedom to paint another’s soul ~ those are my best works and that of true" LifeArt “.

So after many years of painting Colin continues to feel a passion and calling toward abstraction with the focus on maintaining the essence and integrity of the soul before him. It is also where these elements stand as a testament to his love and respect for art, the incredible process and the next visual journey that awaits him.


Fotini Hamidieli

Fotini Hamidieli

Born in 1957 in Greece. Lived and studied in the U.S. and Italy. Presently living in Greece painting, teaching art lessons, doing some graphic design work and developing educational art programs for children.The human figure and colour have been my main interests throughout my work. Inspiration can come from anywhere and ideas brew internally and usually surface unexpectadly. The work of Cezanne, Matisse and American expressionism have influenced me from early on.

1973-1975 Studies in Eugene Tonoff's studio,Providence, R.I.. 1978-1979, Honors Program of R.I.SD., Rome-Italy.1979 BFA Rhodes Island School of Design, U.S.Selected Solo Exhibitions:1985 Diagonios Gallery, Thessalonica, Greece1989 The River Aliakmon, Diagonios Gallery, Thessalonica, Greece1997 Anny Balta Gallery, Thessalonica, Greece2000 Anny Balta Gallery, Thessalonica, Greece2003 Dining, The Ianos Art Gallery, Thessalonica, Greece2006 Awakenings, Ianos Art Gallery, Athens, Greece2007 Mirrors, 3rd Story Telling Festival of mount Olympus, Kallipefki, GreeceSelected Group Exhibitions:1979 Art Show, Pallazo Cenci, Rome, Italy 1980-1989 Group Shows in Diagonios Gallery, Thessalonica, Greece 1999 Myth, A Line Hanging In Time, Exostis Gallery, Thessalonica, Greece2001 Minature Art, Vafopoulio Art Center, Thessalonica, Greece2002-2004 Healthy Mind In A Healthy Body, International Peripheral Exhibition of Plastic Arts 2003 Woman, a subject of inspiration and as creator, Casa Bianca, Thessalonica, Greece2005 2006 Memories of D, Byzantine Museum of Veria2006 The Collection, Viannou Pinacotek, Crete 2006 66 Women Create in Thessalonica, Casa Bianca, Thessalonica, Greece2006 Myrofores, Ianos Art Gallery, Athens, Greece2007 Heterotopias 1st Biennale of Contemporary Art organized by the Contemporary Museum of Thessalonica2007 Light, 42nd Dimitria in Thessaloniki, Greece2009 Personally Political-Contemporary Sensation,Art house Tacheles,Berlin,

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