Ilias Papailiakis

THE ARCHAIC PARTS

29 March – 11 May 2019

Curated by Stavros Papagiannis

artist's note

A minimum amount of paint evenly spread on the canvas.
Drawing with one line without making corrections.
This is all I need in order to paint.
This is the simplest and most essential expression of myself.

press release

Ilias Papailiakis’ solo show The Archaic Parts includes works from a series of oil paintings, as well as pencil drawings on paper. In this latest work, his visual language is defined by the simplicity of his material usage and the sensitive rendering of his subject matter. The series is comprised of portraits, moments of everyday life, and still lifes.
The artist manages to familiarize himself with all of his topics equally, regardless of the actual intimacy he shares with them. He creates an internalized connection with each image, in order to discuss the fundamental issues of form.
The dialogue initially occurs with the two first paintings of the series, the archaic mother and father. The archaic mother. The portrait of Mrs. Pagoulatou
This first work becomes the womb for the artist’s intense introspection and his continuous effort to further define and explore his medium. With its wavy canvas, it stands as a landmark for the artist, revealing the crucial role of matter and giving birth to the direct form of expression he sought.
The archaic father. Study on the real size of Mr. Tsingos
The artist’s choice in using the actual height of his model (164 cm) for the measurement of the canvas, as a symbolic gesture, signifies his steady decision to use “anthropos” as an axis. In this anthropocentric universe, Papailiakis monumentalizes images both larger than life and mundane. The artist’s shoes on the floor, a horse race, a portrait of Markos Vamvakaris, a circus performance with an elephant, a child trying to balance.
Papailiakis spreads his matter (as he prefers to call his colored oil paints) on the canvas as evenly as possible. He uses minimal paint which allows for the canvas’ textures to be visible and thus part of the work, noticeable with a closer look. After this treatment he begins to render the subject matter by drawing selected lines with a thin paint brush. He doesn’t use outlines or guides; instead, he paints decisively and directly on his surfaces, without corrections. A confident, automated approach towards drawing, undermining the traditional layering in painting.

Stefanos Yiannoulis

installation views

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artworks

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Kiss</i>, 2019, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, The Kiss, 2019, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm

Ilias Papailiakis. <i>The Archaic Mother. The Portrait of Mrs. Pagoulatou</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm

Ilias Papailiakis. The Archaic Mother. The Portrait of Mrs. Pagoulatou, 2018, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Untitled</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 150x120 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Untitled, 2018, oil on canvas, 150x120 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Portrait of T. Fasoulioti</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, The Portrait of T. Fasoulioti, 2018, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Circus Artist</i>, 2019, oil on canvas, 120x150 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, The Circus Artist, 2019, oil on canvas, 120x150 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Archaic Father. Study on the real size of Mr. Tsingos</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 164x100 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, The Archaic Father. Study on the real size of Mr. Tsingos, 2018, oil on canvas, 164x100 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study for the Pregnant Natalia Gonou</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, <br>150x120 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Study for the Pregnant Natalia Gonou, 2018, oil on canvas,
150x120 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Horse and Rider</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 40x70 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Horse and Rider, 2018, oil on canvas, 40x70 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Dying Warrior</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 30x70 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Dying Warrior, 2018, oil on canvas, 30x70 cm

Iias Papailiakis, <i>The Portrait of M. Vamvakaris</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm

Iias Papailiakis, The Portrait of M. Vamvakaris, 2018, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm

Iias Papailiakis, <i>The portrait of D. Karamouzi</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 80x70 cm

Iias Papailiakis, The portrait of D. Karamouzi, 2018, oil on canvas, 80x70 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Young Balancer</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 150x120 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Young Balancer, 2018, oil on canvas, 150x120 cm

Iias Papailiakis, <i>The Floor and the Shoes</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm

Iias Papailiakis, The Floor and the Shoes, 2018, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>First Study of a Folk Musician</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, First Study of a Folk Musician, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>First Study on the New Year's Day of 2018</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, First Study on the New Year's Day of 2018, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Head of a Bearded Warrior from Aegina, Aphaia</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Head of a Bearded Warrior from Aegina, Aphaia, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Red Study for the Shoes and the Floor</i>, 2018, pen on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Red Study for the Shoes and the Floor, 2018, pen on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Statue Torso of a Naked Male Figure</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Statue Torso of a Naked Male Figure, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study for the Large Traditional Masquerader</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Study for the Large Traditional Masquerader, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study of a Bull</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Study of a Bull, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study of a Tall and Thin Hermaphrodite</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, <br>40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Study of a Tall and Thin Hermaphrodite, 2018, pencil on paper,
40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on a Tombstone’s Sphinx from Spata</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Study on a Tombstone’s Sphinx from Spata, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on a Tombstone’s Sphinx from Spata</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Study on a Tombstone’s Sphinx from Spata, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on the Greek Carnival</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x80 cm <br> (two sheets, 40x40 cm)

Ilias Papailiakis, Study on the Greek Carnival, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x80 cm
(two sheets, 40x40 cm)

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on the Sculptures of Aphaia No. 3</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, <br>40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Study on the Sculptures of Aphaia No. 3, 2018, pencil on paper,
40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on the Sculptures of Aphaia no. 4</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, <br>40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Study on the Sculptures of Aphaia no. 4, 2018, pencil on paper,
40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on the Sculptures of Aphaia no. 5</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, <br>40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Study on the Sculptures of Aphaia no. 5, 2018, pencil on paper,
40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on the Sculptures of Aphaia no. 6</i>, 2018 pencil on paper, <br>40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Study on the Sculptures of Aphaia no. 6, 2018 pencil on paper,
40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on the Wounded Warrior of ΝΑΜ</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, <br> 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Study on the Wounded Warrior of ΝΑΜ, 2018, pencil on paper,
40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on Vamvakaris' Hand, Right, Holding the Bouzouki Plectrum</i>, 2018, <br> pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Study on Vamvakaris' Hand, Right, Holding the Bouzouki Plectrum, 2018,
pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Crucifix of the Church of Christ in Chains in Monemvasia</i>, 2018, <br> pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, The Crucifix of the Church of Christ in Chains in Monemvasia, 2018,
pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Disappointment of the Egyptian Condor</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, The Disappointment of the Egyptian Condor, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Sculptor and the Sleeping Female Figure</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x80 cm (two sheets, 40x40 cm)

Ilias Papailiakis, The Sculptor and the Sleeping Female Figure, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x80 cm (two sheets, 40x40 cm)

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Sky In-Between</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, The Sky In-Between, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Woman in an Island Landscape</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

Ilias Papailiakis, Woman in an Island Landscape, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

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Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Kiss</i>, 2019, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm
Ilias Papailiakis. <i>The Archaic Mother. The Portrait of Mrs. Pagoulatou</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Untitled</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 150x120 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Portrait of T. Fasoulioti</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Circus Artist</i>, 2019, oil on canvas, 120x150 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Archaic Father. Study on the real size of Mr. Tsingos</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 164x100 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study for the Pregnant Natalia Gonou</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, <br>150x120 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Horse and Rider</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 40x70 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Dying Warrior</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 30x70 cm
Iias Papailiakis, <i>The Portrait of M. Vamvakaris</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm
Iias Papailiakis, <i>The portrait of D. Karamouzi</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 80x70 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Young Balancer</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 150x120 cm
Iias Papailiakis, <i>The Floor and the Shoes</i>, 2018, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>First Study of a Folk Musician</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>First Study on the New Year's Day of 2018</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Head of a Bearded Warrior from Aegina, Aphaia</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Red Study for the Shoes and the Floor</i>, 2018, pen on paper, 40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Statue Torso of a Naked Male Figure</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study for the Large Traditional Masquerader</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study of a Bull</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study of a Tall and Thin Hermaphrodite</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, <br>40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on a Tombstone’s Sphinx from Spata</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on a Tombstone’s Sphinx from Spata</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on the Greek Carnival</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x80 cm <br> (two sheets, 40x40 cm)
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on the Sculptures of Aphaia No. 3</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, <br>40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on the Sculptures of Aphaia no. 4</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, <br>40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on the Sculptures of Aphaia no. 5</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, <br>40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on the Sculptures of Aphaia no. 6</i>, 2018 pencil on paper, <br>40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on the Wounded Warrior of ΝΑΜ</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, <br> 40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Study on Vamvakaris' Hand, Right, Holding the Bouzouki Plectrum</i>, 2018, <br> pencil on paper, 40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Crucifix of the Church of Christ in Chains in Monemvasia</i>, 2018, <br> pencil on paper, 40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Disappointment of the Egyptian Condor</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Sculptor and the Sleeping Female Figure</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x80 cm (two sheets, 40x40 cm)
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>The Sky In-Between</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm
Ilias Papailiakis, <i>Woman in an Island Landscape</i>, 2018, pencil on paper, 40x40 cm

press

ETHNOS
19.04.2019
ETHNOS
Ilias Papailiakis' Archaic Parts
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POPAGANDA
06.05.2019
POPAGANDA
Ilias Papailiakis: "My work becomes meaningful through the viewer's gaze"
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exhibition catalogue