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Ecstatic Breath Of Freedom

The Straits Times | Deepika Shetty | Monday, Apr 28, 2014

Fish, (2010) an oil on paper by Greek painter Nikos Kypraios.

Ecstatic Breath Of Freedom by Greek painter Nikos Kypraios is his second solo show here. In May last year, his work was exhibited at Sculpture Square.

In these 25 recent works from a series he started in 2010, he uses fish to symbolise humanity whose voice has been muzzled by media noise, material pursuits and global economies in a tailspin. The works, he says, are his way of urging "viewers to be mindful of the state of the world" as well as "the suppression of nature that is endangering our very ability to live and breathe".

Where: Gallery, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane

When: Tomorrow - May 6, 11am - 7pm daily

Admission: Free

MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place

Tel: 6332-6900

Info: theartshouse.com.sg

1 FISH, 2010
Oil on paper, 70x100cm

This series of fish paintings was conceived around the theme of the moral and financial malaise in southern Europe, specifically in Greece, where the artist spends his time. In 2010, the Greek financial crisis sparked global market chaos and threatened to engulf the eurozone.

2 FISH, 2010
Oil on paper, 70x100cm

A lone fish appears swimming in front of a sea of apartment blocks, referencing the stresses and pressures faced by ordinary people to service their apartment mortgages. Battered by the Greek fiscal crisis, some lost their livelihood and their homes.

3 FISHES, 2010
Oil on paper, 70x100cm

Layers of paint and fish make up this work. The artist decided to use oil on paper instead of on board or canvas to get a more intense, layered effect. In this painting, the fish are shown fighting for their survival, alluding to the modern-day struggle to make ends meet.

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