Jannis Varelas

Our House

Stockholm

March 23–April 22, 2018

Suzana, 2018

Jannis Varelas, Suzana, 2018
Acrylic ink, oil, oil stick, gouache, pastel and gesso on canvas
240h x 210w cm
94.49h x 82.68w inches
JV001
 

Jannis Varelas

Cross Over, 2018

Acrylic ink, oil, oil stick, gouache, pastel and gesso on canvas

240h x 210w cm

94.49h x 82.68w inches

JV002

Jannis Varelas

Dessert City, 2018

Acrylic ink, oil, oil stick, gouache, pastel, collage, polymeric material and gesso on canvas

210h x 240w cm

82.68w x 94.49h inches

JV003

Jannis Varelas 

Aunt Clara, 2018

Acrylic ink, oil, oil stick, gouache, pastel, collage, polymeric material and gesso on canvas

240h x 210w cm

94.49h x 82.68w inches

JV004

Jannis Varelas

Green House, 2018

Acrylic ink, oil, oil stick, gouache, pastel, collage, polymeric material and gesso on canvas

200h x 200w cm

78.74h x 78.74w inches

JV005

Jannis Varelas 

Love Lake, 2018

Acrylic ink, oil, oil stick, gouache, pastel and gesso on canvas

200h x 200w cm

78.74h x 78.74w inches

JV006

Jannis Varelas

Green and Blue, 2018

Acrylic ink, oil, oil stick, gouache, pastel, collage, polymeric material and gesso on canvas

200h x 200w cm

78.74h x 78.74w inches

JV007

Jannis Varelas 

Red and Blue, 2018

Acrylic ink, oil, oil stick, gouache, pastel, collage, polymeric material and gesso on canvas

200h x 200w cm

78.74h x 78.74w inches

JV008

Jannis Varelas 

Untitled, 2018

Mixed media on canvas

150h x 150w cm

59.06h x 59.06w inches

JV009

Jannis Varelas

Untitled, 2018

Mixed media on canvas

150h x 150w cm

59.06h x 59.06w inches

JV013

Jannis Varelas 

Conversation, 2018

Mixed media on canvas

150h x 150w cm

59.06h x 59.06w inches

JV014

Jannis Varelas

Cyclops, 2018

Mixed media on canvas

150h x 150w cm

59.06h x 59.06w inches

JV017

Press Release

With playfulness, naivism and surrealism, Greek artist Jannis Varelas creates artworks that tell us about ourselves and our time. His themes are often based on socially induced phenomena and he questions societal norms. In the exhibition 'Our House', Varelas explores typology, its psychological classification and how our minds are constructed by personal experiences. The large-scale paintings crackle with energy and expressiveness and are saturated with information and color. Varelas uses various techniques and materials: oils, oil pastels, pastels, markers, acrylic paint and collage, with halftone screens and squares of color, placed sporadically across the canvas. At first glance, it looks arbitrary, but everything is placed with careful consideration. 

 

Varelas also uses literature as a starting point for his work, where the narrative provides a structure for the creative process. The video installation 'Aunt Clara’s Place' refers to a dream that Allen Ginsberg describe in his diary from 1944. Varelas explores our emotions and our understanding of the familiar in diverse everyday activities. He investigates the connotations between a well-known setting compared to an unknown, dreamlike place. An oversized fabric sculpture, a rigid scaffolding, and everyday objects, enhance the conception of surrealism in the installation. Connecting all of the works in the exhibition is the experience of what we see – how we react is the essential and the existential, and a part of the exhibition.

 

Jannis Varelas (b. 1977) studied at the Royal College of Art, London and at the Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens. Varelas has been shown in solo exhibitions in Europe and the US, and participated in group shows at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, and Kunsthalle, Vienna. His work is represented in private collections and institutions such as the Saatchi Collection, London, the Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens and the Hort Family Collection, New York. He lives and works in Los Angeles, Vienna, and Athens.