In general I deal with the human condition. Which means I deal with the position of human beings in society, in history and within its natural course. But, each time that I do a project with my work, generally speaking, I pick one kind of theme, or a thematic structure that goes through all the works. And try to either pose a question about this specific theme, or create an idea of what it is about.

Combining different techniques, the Greek artist Jannis Varelas creates playful paintings between abstraction and realistic representation reflecting on social issues. 


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I work often with literature. I take certain type of storytelling from writers, to create structure in narrating my work. Of course, I am also in conversation with art history.
I am also thinking that, my work nowadays, is part of general discourse of painting that is happening in Contemporary Art.

Jannis Varelas was born in 1977 in Greece. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London (MFA) and the Athens School of Fine Arts (BA).


Varelas unveils the surprising side of banal elements in everyday life. Playfully fusing abstraction and realistic representation, his paintings explore lived spaces through a myriad of collage-like details. He constructs the reality from fragments: like in archeological excavations, lived moments are presented to us in a seemingly arbitrary composition of random traces. We are shown a lighter lying on a packet of cigarettes, a small stained cloth resembling the head...

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