Iasonas Kampanis is a painter based in Athens and in London, currently housed under the Stone Soup roof. We visited him in his studio to learn more about his work and future steps.
Iasonas started his career back in 2003 working on jewelry design and even though jewelry making was something that interested him and earned him a living, he discovered that visual arts was much more the thing he wanted to be involved in. “I found more freedom in painting, as it is a form of art where you can express your ideas without any restrictions, as the results of your work have no primarily practical function. I like to paint anything that I see and inspires me and I need it to be more than an ornament, mean more”. He started experimenting with painting and other visual art forms in 2007 and he has also worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and assistant engraver.
Right now he is working on different projects and one of them is a collection of 53 artworks (it stands for the 52 weeks of the year and one extra ), which is inspired by all sorts of artistic affairs that have happened throughout the years, mainly since the beginning of modernism. “I think that nowadays, artists have a much bigger source of inspiration because of the Internet. Currently my research is based on this, surfing in the web thinking oh, this might be an interesting thing to put on a canvas and that’s how this project started as well”.
You can find out more about Iasonas’ work on his website.
A small bio:
Iasonas was born in 1985 in Athens, Greece. In 2003 he moved to Thessaloniki to study jewelry design and lived there until 2010. In 2012 he moved to London and started experimenting with the digital processing of images. He participated in various exhibitions both in London and in Greece. Most of London projects were about photography and this resulted to his ongoing collaboration with the ART:I:CURATE platform. He has also participated in exhibitions such as in the TINAG Festival in Bishopsgate Institute, in London Print Studio and in the Nonsense Exhibition in O3 Gallery. His first solo exhibition was in Athens in 2011 in Parapera Cultural Multispace, followed by another one in Bord de l’eau design factory in Thessaloniki in 2012. Group exhibitions include IANOS Art Space in Thessaloniki, Chryssothemis Gallery in Athens and the Art-Athina Platforms Project in collaboration with London-based Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes Gallery.