Athena Anastasiou

Painting

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Athena's statement

I am exploring my own personal mythology that speaks about identity and the core concerns of human existence. Some of the questions I ask through my work are, where do we come from, why is our planet and

wellbeing so out of balance? Defaulting to fear and frustration rather than love and creation and how it is our responsibility individually to shift that. The aesthetic framework that I use is one of mythology; portraying a feeling of magic, illustrating a life lesson and sometimes featuring mystical creatures. I like to add a sense of lightheartedness using almost child-like expression, as if they are large scale sketches. Through layers of colour,

texture and juxtaposition of mythological drawings I aim to provoke a freedom from the left brain thinking to obtain a connection to nature and intuition through an open mind.

Website here

Press release here

Athena is a London art scholar and post graduate from Central St Martins, and is best known for her vibrant and eclectic large scale paintings. She is currently represented by Saatchi Art, New Blood Art, 508 Gallery, Amar Gallery (Curated), Blank White Space, Asylum Artist Management, and Fleek Gallery.

To date, she has acquired three solo shows and exhibited in numerous group shows around London, Portugal and Morocco. She is also a keen advocate for the emerging art scene in London, founding a pop up Art Gallery and Collective called “Meet The Artists” in 2015 that has represented over 100 emerging artists from London. Athena is now living in New York where she is deepening her art practice and creating new work for her next solo show. She is exploring her own personal mythology through colour, language and expression and her interests lie in promoting the raise of consciousness through art.

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100 Voices, 100 Artists on Saatchi Art Blog

"At the core of New York based artist Athena Anastasiou’s bold and expressive works lay questions about the human existence and identity. Her visual narrative derives from personal experiences, conversations, and books on the quantum field and the power of thought and intention. Athena’s interest in Renaissance mythological paintings can be clearly seen throughout her art, in which she often reacts and reinterprets classical scenes."

Prizes & Publications

WhyNotArt Launch in LA (2018)

Time Out Publication (2018)

Minus37 Publication (2018)

Hoxton Radio Interview (2018)

One of the winners for "Picasso: An influence on Contemporary Artists" 508 Gallery, Chelsea, London (2018)

“Wotisart” Publication, in Jan Edition (2018)

Featured Artist for WhyNotArt, "Curated" Amar Gallery, Asylum Gallery, Unframe London and Saatchi Art (2018)

Founder of Meet The Artists - A pop up art exhibition supporting emerging artists in London (2015 - 2017)

Exhibitions

"The Other Art Fair" Victoria House, Holborn, London (Oct 19)

The Contemporary Indigenous in collaboration with InVogue Travellers Club & A Small World, Studio Kix, London (July 19)

"Open Studios" w/Lindsay Mapes & Rob Paul, Cell Studios, Dalston, (July 19)

Solo Show, The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall, London (May 19)

'Street Figures', 508 Gallery, Kings Road, London (April 19)

 Flux Exhibition,The National Army Museum, Chelsea, London  (March 19)

"WOMAN", The Book Club, London (March 19)

International Women’s Day, The Circle, Soho, London (March 19)

‘Curated’, Amar Gallery, London (January 19)

"Fresh From The Studio', 508 Gallery, Chelsea, London (Oct- Nov 18)

'Essence' Solo Art Show, BSMT Space, Dalston, London (October 18)

The Circle London, Soho, London (July-November 18)

Art Residency, Great Art UK, Shoreditch (September 18)

'Summer Exhibition’ Fleek Gallery, Devon ( July - Sep 18)

'Picasso: An influence on Contemporary Artists' 508 Gallery, Chelsea, London (July - Aug 18)

‘The Official London Launch Show’ Asylum Artist Management, The Crypt, St Pancreas, London (May 18)

‘Unspoken’ Sweet Art, The Stash Gallery, London (May 18)

‘Gallery Cafe’ Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London (Month of May 18)

‘Open Studios’ Cell Studios, Ridley Road, London (April 18)

‘Living into your Portrait’, Solo Art Show, 5th Base Gallery, Brick Lane, London (July 17)

‘The London Pancakes & Booze Art Show’, Studio Spaces, London (Feb 17)

Christmas Angel Art Fair, Candid Arts Trust, Angel, London (Dec 17)

‘Meet The Artists’, Cremer street, Hoxton Arches, Black + White Building, London (March & Aug 16, April 17)

‘Arts Music Festival – NEBULA NEBULA’, The Platform, London (June 15)

'Live Art' by Thre3 Strokes, Rustic Cinema in Marrakesh during Biennial (14)

‘Live Art’ by Thre3 Strokes, ‘Imaginary Beings’, Portugal (Apr 13)

‘Arts Omega’, Omega Works, Manor house (Nov 12)

‘Live Art’ by Thre3 Strokes, Passing Clouds, London (Oct 12)

‘Live Art’ by Thre3 Strokes, Concrete, Shoreditch, the London (May 11)

‘Live Art’ by Thre3 Strokes, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, London (April 11)

‘Live Art’ by Thre3 strokes, XOYO, Old Street, London (March 11)

‘Surreal Nightmares’, Shunt, London Bridge (Nov. 10)

‘Cross my Art’ 210 Pentoville, Kings Cross, London (Sep. 10)

‘Live Art’, Winter Sessions, Chamonix, France (April 10)

‘Mixed Emotions’ Art & Escape Gallery, Hertfordshire, London (Oct 09)

Central St Martins Degree Show, Charing Cross Rd, London (June 09)

Byam Shaw Gallery, Islington, London (08)

Trinity Buoy Wharf, East London (07)

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