The complex works of Constantine Lianos

Reality offers a very narrow perspective on what surrounds us, limiting the self to space and time, to predefined forms and socially accepted ways of life and mostly controlled behaviors, where the unexpected and the extraordinary rarely occur. Although influenced by this environment, the mind has the power to rise above the limits, deconstruct and reconstruct, decontextualize and constantly renew, generating a shift from the daily routine beyond the familiar, producing its own scenery of endless possibilities.

For Athens based artist Constantine Lianos, painting is “the ultimate introspection process”, offering the freedom to create from memory and personal reflections. Taking inspiration from street art and comics, as well as the study of classical and contemporary visual arts movements, his figurative drawings and paintings, often allegorical images, conceptually and visually bring together the rational and the emotional, depicting powerful and sometimes conflicting inner experiences, contradictions of life, moments of lucidity or incertitude, of constraint, despair or fear. Yet in such dark instances the self is able to challenge its strengths and weaknesses, to overcome its condition. In this regard, the forced or natural gestures and the gaze especially of the fictitious characters, lacking any formal identity, are of a fascinating expressiveness. As the artist explains: “In the core of my thoughts and reflections, lie the internal mechanisms of the human being, the process of self-determination and the paradox of life, that consists of being on the verge of seemingly bipolar mental states, such as illusion and reality, the earthly and the unearthly, the known and the undefined.”

Constantine Lianos - Cutting the equilibrium, 190 x 180 cm, oil on canvas

C. Lianos - Cutting the equilibrium, 190 x 180 cm, oil on canvas / Detail

‘Cutting the equilibrium’, 190 x 180 cm, oil on canvas

C. Lianos - Lacking choice, oil on canvas (50 cm diameter)

‘Lacking choice’, oil on canvas (50 cm diameter)

C, Lianos - The living room, oil and enamel paint on canvas, 220 x 200 cm

‘The living room’, oil and enamel paint on canvas, 220 x 200 cm

C. Lianos - The homeless king, ink on paper, 47 x 37.5 cm

‘The homeless king’, ink on paper, 47 x 37.5 cm

C. Lianos - The nest, 50 x 60 cm, ink on paper

C. Lianos - The nest, 50 x 60 cm, ink on paper / Detail

‘The nest’, 50 x 60 cm, ink on paper

C. Lianos - Destroying a study, mix medium (oil and marine paint) on canvas, 30 x 40 cm

‘Destroying a study’, mix medium (oil and marine paint) on canvas, 30 x 40 cm

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