The Art Gallery of Northumberland presents WALL GAZING by Dimitri Paptheodorou until March 17.
Evolving from architectural drawings and maquettes, WALL GAZING represents a new form of expression for Paptheodorou.
A central column of 3D constructions is corralled by paintings both large and small in scale, utterly minimalist in subject and of minimal but concentrated rich deep color.
The beautifully restricted palette manifest the effects of subtle illuminations in multiple layers of paint applications or glazes: a technique borrowed from the old masters.
In contrast, the sculptures are colorful, though entirely matt in finish, but adorned with graffiti-like markings and designs, as if abraded into the surface by an unknown ancient civilization.
The paintings emit a compelling luminescence with their lighter facets emerging as if from a subterranean murk, or as a developing photograph in a dark room.
Deeply mysterious and totally compelling, definitely a case of less is more.
Jeff Keary, Editor.