|Notting Hill Mayfest|
Thursday 2nd May
It’s a fact of modern life that fewer people are going to church on Sundays and more and more are visiting galleries,’ writes Laura Gascoigne, an art critic for the Spectator, Apollo and the Tablet. In a short piece for the Royal Academy of Arts Magazine (Winter 2018 edition), she opines that ‘people don’t choose to go to galleries to be preached at. They go to be stimulated visually, intellectually and emotionally.’
A trinity of works, a myriad of colours. Titled Believe, Alexandros Kapraras’ exhibition portrays what the artist sees as a unique intersection between inner belief – personal hopes, dreams and thoughts – and religious belief. ‘Your deepest desires, what you want to achieve in life – these are things that only you can see, and nobody else,’ he explains. ‘Faith in God, in religion, amounts to the same thing. No one else can see it, but you know it’s there inside you.’
His paintings are composed of acrylic on canvas and linen, and they showcase a multitude of colours chosen, the artist recounts, precisely because there was a point in his life when he was afraid that he might not be able to see them again. In 2001, Kapraras was diagnosed with Behcet’s Sydrome, an affliction that is known to cause blindness in its sufferers. Since then, he has been experimenting with various colour schemes in his art, constructing what he calls the allegory between colour-blindness and belief. ‘Just like personal dreams and thoughts, and religious faith, there are colours in my paintings that colour-blind people cannot see. But the colours are obviously there, even if you can’t see them. In the same way, it’s simply not necessary for us to know all the inner beliefs of everyone around us. Just know that they are definitely there.
Alexandros Kapraras was born in Cyprus and studied Fine Art at Athens School of Art. He went on to gain a Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art, London, with a full scholarship, in . He currently resides in North London with his seven-year-old Staffordshire terrier, Giannis, and continues to produce art from the comfort of his living room cum studio.