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Art & Life with Iasonas Bakas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Iasonas Bakas.

Iasonas, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have been interested in art, in a form or another, since I can remember myself. At an early age, anything creative would capture my attention and it wouldn’t take long before I wanted to give it a try myself. My journey with art though started properly between the age of 16 and 18 when I attended two of years of free hand drawing classes. Since then I have tried oil painting, acrylic painting, and recently charcoal drawing.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
During those two first years I was taught the main principles of perspective, tone and proportion. Principles which guided me through a long self-exploration period of pencil hand drawn sketches with mainly geometric subjects including abstracts and cityscapes.

Not long after, I discovered the beauty of oil paints and although I never forgot my pencil drawing, slowly painting landscapes started dominating my interest. I started exploring the wet on wet technique and started experimenting with color. My previous pencil sketching knowledge helped a lot; I had developed a general understanding of perspective. On the other hand, photography (which I had gradually got into) allowed me to understand composition easier. Based on these principles I started experimenting with acrylics and various subjects at a later stage.

Recently, I decided to explore another route; charcoal drawing with main subjects being the human body and portraits (busts at the moment). I am still in the very beginning of this attempt and it really consumes most of my “art time” these days.

For me art is both a means of self-expression and also communication with my audience; friends and family or complete strangers who come across my work online. In reality art is a map of my personality throughout the years and depicts interests and desires. I love the interaction generated through a single piece of art in terms of ideas, technique feedback and media. I am always excited to get to know how other people see the world and one of the best ways to start the conversation is through a piece of art you have created.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
I have gone through this phase of “artistic loneliness” myself. The solution though, as with all social related aspects, is bracing yourself and going out meeting like-minded people and making real connections. The best way to look for these people is local artists communities and community run art centers. If you are lucky to have graduated from an arts institution the you probably already have a good pool of people sharing the same interests but if not, taking up art classes locally will help you broaden your artistic social environment. If none of these work for you then social media can help; there are plenty of very active art groups on Facebook and art blogs.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My art has been exhibited locally in the past and one of my paintings, “Harmonizing Aspects of Civilizations”, is on permanent display in one of the biggest private schools in northern Greece. However, my presence is mainly online so anyone who would wish to see my art could easily visit my new Facebook page, Art Blog, Instagram or Twitter. Just look for CHROMA Paintings on social media or WordPress.

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