Nicoletta Themistocleous at Artscope Miami 2015 - Exlusive Interview

Aegean Reflections
Nicoletta Themistocleous participated recently at Artscope Miami 2015 and talked to NewYorkio about her art!

Tell us about your experience from ArtScope Miami 2015.          ArtScope Miami is one of the biggest Art fairs in the world and it was the second consecutive year that my work was included, through the SeeMe digital display. I feel very privileged and grateful to be part of such a big event and be able to showcase my work. It was a huge opportunity to network with art patrons, creative professionals and a culturally relevant public.

What are you working on at the moment?          
At the moment I am working on a project that involves abstract figures. In this project I experiment by using different media that traditionally don’t mix together, such as inks, glass paints, oils as well as everyday items such as newspapers, candles and fabrics.
Is the artistic life lonely?
The artistic life can be lonely but also exciting at the same time. When I work I prefer to be alone and paint while listening to music. On the other hand I get my inspiration from anything I see around me and my emotions, which inevitably required human interactions. I am lucky enough to have my family and good friends around me who support my work and never allow me to be alone for long.

What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?      
My goal is to currently create paintings full of action and movement, which will allow the viewer to engage in the action. Furthermore, I would also like to have my own exhibition soon.
What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?         
It is not easy choosing just one piece as my favorite one, as every painting has its own meaning to me and reflects to my emotions, at the time. If I had to choose one I would say “London Reflections” since this was the one displayed on a large billboard in Times Square, which I consider being my greatest achievement so far.

Short Cv
I am a visual artist who works with a variety of media to create abstract paintings with heavy texture.
My inspiration comes from everything I see, feel and experience. Art comes to me as a form of expression. It gives voice to my fears, emotions and wildest dreams.
I was born and raised in Cyprus and I am currently living and working in London. My hometown is a city surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. This is reflected in my paintings which most of them incorporate the colors of the sea. I like to start by picking a single color - blue- and then build upon that. When you look at the sea, at first glance you may see only blue but if you take a closer look there are a lot more colours.
My paintings usually exclude any recognizable form. The reason is that I like to make people use their imagination and create their own stories around my work and not unravel the mystery.
I prefer to make viewers feel instead of think. If you have made a painting and that’s how you wanted it to be, hopefully it can speak for itself and whatever the viewers see, it’s the right message.

As Edward Hopper once said: "If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint."

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