Art exhibition "Beyond Gender & Sexual Orientation"
‘Beyond Gender & Sexual Orientation’
Travels from New York to Nicosia
By Yiorgos Bellapaisiotis’
Yiorgos Bellapaisiotis is delighted to present his art exhibition titled, ‘Beyond Gender & Sexual Orientation’.
Bellapaisiotis’ artwork is a reflective journey on identity and it provokes renewed hope to people who have lost their voice.
The artist interprets art as exhilarating and intriguing, and for this exhibition he has drawn inspiration from the concept of life, death and beauty coupled with a yearning desire for social acceptance. Hence his attempt to transcribe life onto dead wood, which he collected from the streets of New York, bestowing it with another chance to ‘live’ and ‘breathe’ in an altered form. An exhibition which juxtaposes beauty and imperfections, one can undeniably identify recycled elements in all the paintings, which have often been a natural consequence of the artist’s recycled thoughts and emotions.
In the same way, Bellapaisiotis’ art often depicts circles, representing the cycle of life and the course of an old circle giving life to a new one. ‘Sometimes we are caught up trying to achieve what we think is perfection missing the imperfections that naturally make something real and unique,’ he says with assured concern, emphasizing that his philosophy is to ‘allow the viewer to feel the hand of the creator on the painting through the brush strokes and the perfect imperfections.’
By turning spices as curry or clove into powder and rubbing them with my fingers on the painting using it as part of my color pallet sometimes would cause blisters. This would give me an even more personal connection with my subject’.
Commenting on his creative journey for this exhibition, Bellapaisiotis says that his endeavor was to capture the inner emotional world of humans in our society and examine how it is affected by the stereotypes which eventually become the norm.
‘My voice on this subject became the visual world for this series of paintings,’ he explains, ‘my focal point for these creations is to celebrate the diversity we see today and highlight its beauty which for some is nothing but shame and sometimes harsh painful judgment.'
A multi-faceted artist, Bellapaisiotis is also a composer and fashion designer, yet he says that he feels ultimate freedom and catharsis when painting. His intricate and evocative artwork is a stunning amalgam of these three arenas.
In addition, he has composed the soundtracks specifically for the exhibition.
ʺThe music piece is going to take the spectator into a circular journey. It starts with the birth with the lightness of the discovery of one’s self-developing into the heavier challenges that socially one has to face, that leads to the realization and the end/closure and death with hope as the conclusive element of the composition which serves as the rebirth of a new journey. ’’ Bellapaisiotis tells us.
Hosted by Baker Tilly South East Europe.
Venue: Baker Tilly offices (Corner C. Hatzopoulou & 30 Griva Digheni Avenue, 1066 Nicosia).
Opening cocktail reception: March 6, 2019 at 19:00
Guest of Honour: Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis
Duration: 7- 8 of March 2019 17:00 – 22:00
9 - 10 of March 2019 10:00 – 22:00
ABOUT YIORGOS BELLAPAISIOTIS (Fine Artist/ Composer/Fashion Designer)
Yiorgos Bellapaisiotis was born in Cyprus and has been living in New York since 1995. He graduated with honors from Parsons School of Design in New York. He is a recipient of the Silver Thimble Award by Donna Karan New York and two Gold Thimble Awards by Cynthia Steffe and renowned Hollywood costume designer, Donald Brooks.
He has created work for Alexander McQueen, Donna Karan, Koos Van Den Akker and Akira. Two of his metallic sculptural designs have been presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Yiorgos’ knitted creations, made out of recycled metal and plastic bottles, were presented at City Corp Center next to the work of Diane Von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Todd Oldman, Oscar de la Renta and Betsey Jonson.
American, Canadian and European magazines have published his work including “The New York Times” and the front cover of the “London Sunday Times”.
Yiorgos is also the Creative Director of Music Candy. He has composed music exclusively for the BBC, CNN (music theme for Piers Morgan’s show broadcasted live in 210 countries around the world), FOX TV and his music compositions have been published worldwide. He has written songs, together with his partner Anthony James, for artists such as Lara Fabian, Mustafa Ceceli and Hind. His hit song “Make Me Yours Tonight” was No1 in Turkey for 27 weeks and has topped the French Dance charts.
At the moment he is preparing for his upcoming painting exhibition ‘Beyond Gender & Sexual Orientation’ which he considers to be his most close and personal body of work. The exhibition will open on March 6th, in his native country Cyprus.