About Greek folk art
The term Greek Folk Art indicates the art that was grew within the 2 latest centuries of the Turkish occupation of Greece (17th-18th centuries) and which was highly influenced by the Byzantium and ancient forms or techniques of art.
Greek folk art wasn’t developed as an artistic movement, nor by academic artists but rather by ordinary people, mostly artisans and craftsmen, all those technicians who worked to create churches, houses and buildings, furniture, pottery, home and people clothes etc. Every man made piece of work* was featured by the same routines and shapes that construct this form of art, which represents people’s everyday life rather than the artist’s personality, view and style. (*Architecture, painting, sculpture, embroidery, metalworking, pottery, furnishings, clothing manufacture and more)
Greek folk art draws and symbolizes people’s common life which is inseparably linked to images of family, work, nature, religion. Flowers and fruits, birds and animals, ships and seas, harvesting, fishing, marriage, dancing, saints and praying, and also creatures and shapes out of mythology and tradition are some of the main themes of Greek folk art. Paintings, wall paintings, embroidery and other artworks of colorful nature, such as flowers and birds were acting also as symbols of joy and wealth, liberating for the soul, especially in such dark ages.
For us, it is quite an honor trying to keep alive even just “a few words” of this great chapter of our cultural heritage, Greek Folk Art! A combination of naivety and technique that still charms and inspires!
About My Folk Art Paintings
All of our paintings techniques and themes derive their origin from traditional wood painting of the past, combining features and elements of hagiography and frescoes.
The surface of the painted area is first covered with layers of handmade plaster, smoothed mostly at the edges and slightly sanded after drying. The uneven surface assists to the final aged result. The curving lines of some forms and shapes of the theme are made with pyrograph at the next stage, and at this point the board is ready to be painted. The distressing coloring comes right before finishing and last varnishing. The varnish, mostly satin or mat, is applied only on the front and depth sides of the painting, leaving the back side of the wood free to breathe. Two types of hangers are mostly used: small manufactured hangers for thin and light boards, and soft metal metal wire fastened on small screws, for thicker and heavier paintings.
This form of painting art and the techniques combined in it, such as the handmade plaster, are rarely used nowadays and tend to be forgotten in some cases.
The themes of our paintings are either variations of original Greek folk art artworks, such as wall paintings, embroidery, pottery etc or prototype compositions inspired from traditional motives, shapes and themes. We also experiment to create a series of ancient thematology of well known frescoes, pottery figures and more.
Genuine and naive forms, unlimited motives and shapes, colorful themes and scenery, are some of the features that empower and enchant us to continuously explore and experiment this special form of art!