On View: “Το Χωριό Μου” / “My Village”
An exhibition of new watercolour paintings, exclusively of Kyparissi, by James Foot
For the artist James Foot, staying local for the past two years was positive, as he has little desire to go anywhere else after making Laconia his home 20 years ago. The gift of being home enabled him to dedicate his wok to his beloved, remote village of Kyparissi, Lakonia.
His third solo exhibition at Image Gallery, taking place through March 20, 2022 features over 30 paintings exclusively of Kyparissi and its environment. The works enchant with the romance of village life and transport the viewer to idyllic scenes of Kyparissi’s old houses by the shore, hidden corners in the old village of Vrisi, grand mountainous vistas, and also of daily life; like his laundry flapping in the wind, portraits of a strutting rooster, overgrown stairways near the precious water source. In ancient times, an Askleipion was a sanctuary with healing waters dedicated to the Greek God of Medicine Asclepius.
The works remark heavily on the crisp clarity of light in Greece, so bright that James must squint to see. He paints the colors separately, the results looking almost like stained glass. The body of work describes both looking into light & also the effect of light on subjects, how light infuses an object with all the power of the Greek sun and throws intense indigo shadows.
More About the Artist: James Foot is a British watercolour painter who lives permanently in Greece in a small village by the sea in Lakonia, southern Peloponissos, called Kyparissi. Originally from London, the artist James Foot has long lived in Greece and continues to exhibit internationally in England, Spain, America, Luxembourg & Gibraltar – where another exhibition is planned to open March 31, 2022. Later in the summer, James will show works at Orloff, Palio Limani (Old Harbour), Spetses.
His studio work originates from works painted en plein air, a form of painting done on location, usually outdoors, and he conducts 2 workshops per year that are exclusively en plein air.
James has completed notable commissions including a stunning label for Monemvasia Winery’s Mura Rossa, a 2010 vintage, the Handover Ceremony of Hong Kong from Britain to China, and the last visit of The Britannia to Gibraltar commissioned by British Navy & the Govt of Gibraltar.
Visit the artist’s website at jamesfootwatercolours.com.
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