Distorted figures navigate the consequences of environmental degradation in portraits of Stamatis Laskos


#Oil painting
# portraits
# Self-portrait

June 11, 2021

Grace Ebert

“Losing the last rights” (2021), oil on canvas, 200 x 120 centimeters. All images © Stamatis Laskos, shared with permission

Fantastically large figures with elongated limbs and torso inhabit the distorted, mysterious realities that the artist has painted Stamatis Laskos (before). The highly stylized works of art, which stretch over two meters high, present a universe that is overshadowed by unknown destruction: an elderly man wades through waist-high water while fire burns in the background, a woman pulls a human skeleton out of a flood and a self-portrait shows the artist shielding his eyes with detached hands. Laskos works with earth tones and an implied weak light and envelops each scene with shadows that cover the faces of the figures and cast an uncanny tension over the degraded surroundings.

At the same time distant and deeply personal, each painting draws on ideas from the collective unconscious Jungian archetypes, be it represented by wise figures, an apocalypse or the union of opposing forces. “My archaic protagonists give them the necessary deformation and carve irreconcilable and irreconcilable paths,” says Laskos. “The unconscious and the hidden memories are framed by colors, shapes and situations that complement my compositions in such a way that each work is a page from my diary and always reminds me of how and why it was created.”

Laskos currently resides in his hometown of Volos, Greece and some of his works on canvas are on through June 25th at. to see Lola Nikolaou Art Gallery in Thessaloniki. Later this summer he will be painting a larger mural on the subject of environmental degradation in Athens and you can follow his progress on the work on Behance and Instagram.

“Self-Portrait” (2021), Oil on canvas, 110 x 80 centimeters

“Golden Hour” (2021), oil on canvas, 180 x 120 centimeters

“Kretisch” (2020), oil on canvas, 1,880 x 1,120 centimeters

Excerpt from “” Kretan “(2020), oil on canvas, 1,880 x 1,120 centimeters


“Under the table” (2021), oil on canvas, 150 x 150 centimeters

Detail from “Unter dem Tisch” (2021), oil on canvas, 150 x 150 centimeters

Laskos is working on “Losing the last rights”

#Oil painting
# portraits
# Self-portrait

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