Monday, 21 December 2015 08:12

Appropriation works

These works were made a period I was studying art history and at the same time I was influenced by conceptual art. They were made firstly as copies, in order to improve myself on sketch and color. However I tried to give them a meaning of my own. In order of appearance in the gallery below:

Conceptual Art

In this painting I took the painted wooden frame of the 1646 Rembrandt's painting called The Holy Family and placed inside instead of the holy family, a definition like those Kosuth a famous conceptual artist used to exhibit. Only in this case the definition is for the conceptual art itself and it’s painted (not printed). Somehow this painting express my mixed feelings about conceptual art. You could say that most of the paintings here (including of course this one) were influenced by conceptual movement, but however I cannot hide that in some point I believe that many conceptual artists betrayed their former revolutionary attitude and created works that ended up inside galleries having lost completely this freshness and radical character of the first years. (1m x 70 cm)


Based on a painting called The Soothsayer's Recompense (1913), by Giorgio de Chirico. The large yellow surfaces of the ground are covered with newspapers referring to the war of Iraq while two airplanes are heading towards the tower of the railway station. The hours have changed into a binary code (0 and 1, black and white, good and bad) while the girl, a sleeping statue, is thinking but remains still. (65 x 50 cm)


Based on a painting called Whistlejacket by George Stubbs. Apart from the more yellow background there is only one major change in this painting: the inscription "My kingdom for a horse" in greek, referring to the horse of the painting and playing with the meaning of the word "alogo" in greek (horse, but also without logic, sense). Somehow I think I had the whole art of painting in my head for this work. And I must admit that I enjoyed a lot creating / copying the horse. (50 x 60 cm)


This is a painting that was inspired by one of the numerous female figures of Pablo Picasso. There are only two significant changes here both small enough for me to question whether I should put the painting in the copies section. However, because they were deliberate and at least in my opinion they give another meaning (s) to the original work it was placed here. These changes are the bleeding breast and the bomb-like head. (47 x 60 cm)

Conceptual Painting

This is a work based on the work The Cross in the Mountains (1808) created by Gaspar Friedrich. It's more of an exercise than a complete work, and it has a quite satirical concept. It implies that the art of painting needs help immediately (the help of Batman, a comic, non-existent hero, an impossible situation). Back then as I was a student it felt more right than it does now. (50 x 52 cm)

Additional Info

  • Medium: oil on paper
  • Date: 2004-2005
  • Availability: Available

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