Alpha C.K. Art Gallery presents the latest solo exhibition of the young Cypriot Artist Thekla Papadopoulou. Entitled TRACES this is her fourth solo exhibition and represents a new series of works the artist has been working on over the past several years, the exhibition presents series of portraits that continue to mine the genre’s rich and limitless territory for new means of creative expression.
In her portraits, trickily applied oil paints and pastels are combined with collage of pages from her old sketchbooks, journals and photographs of herself and people who are close to her. The richly textured surfaces, that encompass the human figure, allude to the dynamics of unfettered motion and elusive power and capture the artist’s distinctive and recognizable approach to portraiture. Nevertheless, these evocative portraits are not representational per se but instead seek to elicit the sensations and trigger memories and personal narratives. In fact, the artist’s portraits do not just represent the depicted person but reveal her own interpretation of the sitter, even if this refers to her own self.
Thekla Papadopoulou was born in Limassol in 1978. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts “Rafaello” in Urbino, Italy. She presented her work in solo exhibition and numerous group exhibitions in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, the UK, the USA and the UAE.