Demetrios Vakras was born in Melbourne in 1962.
He has been painting
with oil paints since 1977 and has never wavered from his elucidation of the bizarre,
fantastic and surreal. He is self-taught.
rejects the notion that art is expression at the expense of technique,
one of us has something to express and that would make us all artists. He maintains
that unless you have an understanding of what has been expressed in the past you
are likely to repeat it, worse still repeat it badly. There is no effort required in painting
badly and it is just as easy to redefine what had hitherto not been defined as art as
being art - after all Marcel Duchamp did. But, that was novel and could only ever
have been done once! That there is persistence in repeating what Duchamp did 80+ years ago
demonstrates the historical vacuum within which art tends to hover. Andy Warhol and
pop-art were already anachronisms well before they ever came to be! Marcel
Duchamp had already exhibited his mass-produced urinal (Fountain) as art in 1917!
GRASSE || CHRISTENSEN
|| VAKRAS || HOWEL
|| HOLIAN || RAYMOND
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