The works of two young emerging artists, Kirrily Humphries and Yioryios, responding to their exchange at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris are currently exhibited at Canberra Contemporary Art Space in Manuka.
Yioryios, a recent ANU painting graduate and Humphries, a third year ANU painting student were participants in the ANU International Exchange program in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The program allowed both artists to spend six months in Europe studying for a semester while receiving credits toward their degrees at the ANU. The exhibition, presenting the culmination of Humphries and Yioryios’ work from Paris, demonstrates the profound impact participation in such programs can have on the development of an emerging artists practice.
While Humphries and Yioryios’ approaches to painting are strikingly different, their work is united by their subject, both finding inspiration in the unique urban landscape and architectural spaces of Paris.
From the early 19th century architecture of the École, to the streets of Paris and the catacombs below, Humphries examines moments in architectural space where the physical remains of human activity have accumulated over time. She presents these spaces as valuable artefacts of human experience, examining the ephemeral nature of the built environment by considering the deterioration and destruction of space and objects over time. Her meticulously rendered paintings and drawings aim to shift the perceived value of these often overlooked spaces, considering what they may reveal about the nature of our relationship with our physical surroundings.
Yioryios’ sculptural paintings are inspired by architectural patterns found on buildings in Paris. His exhibited works are derived from the pillars of the Australian Embassy in Paris, from which uniform shapes and patterns are taken as their foundation. With attention to colour, shape, line and directional thrust, Yioryios’ works embody an innate sense of power, dynamism and speed. While sculptural in nature, they strongly hint at Yioryios’ underlying connection to the physical act of painting, suggesting his search for painterly expression beyond a two-dimensional surface.
Painting in Paris: Kirrily Humphries + Yioryios runs from 15 – 25 October.
Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka
19 Furneaux St Manuka
11 am – 5 pm Wed – Sun