ARTisSpectrum Vol. 31, May 2014 - page 58

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T
he abstract expressionistic paintings of
Canadian artist
Nancy Stella Galianos
are
characterized as much by her bold use of color
and brushstroke as by her free-flowing forms.
Colors are used with great intention, expanding
the compositional elements exponentially
by adding a depth of meaning to the work.
Here, red conveys passion, yellow warmth and
comfort, purple spirituality, blue peace, white
purity, and pink unconditional and sensual love.
The ways in which Galianos wields these colors
is entirely instinctive, painting with movement
in various forms and letting her brush or palette
knife determine the way the colors are spread
and the forms emerge across the canvas.
What makes Galianos’ work so dynamic is
the way that she constantly explores new
combinations of colors and forms within the
two dimensional confines of each piece. She
masterfully combines elements of light, color,
and movement to create an array of shapes
and impressions on the canvas. Using pure
basic colors and refined lines, she creates forms
and shapes that are entirely free and full of light. For Galianos, there are no chromatic boundaries. Instead, colors work to create
emotive explosions on the page, imbuing each of her works with meaning and the sense of layers of complexity.
In Galianos’ creative process, both music and poetry play a pivotal role. The artist herself explains that “When I paint, I listen to
music and then it becomes a spiritual adventure and dance, a connection between peace, balance, and harmony.” In this way, her
art is able to intersect and interact with the emotions the viewer already feels, hopefully transporting the audience to another
dimension of space and time where they can experience an uplifting sense of inspiration - “a place where emotions profoundly
touch the soul.”
Nancy Stella Galianos
Nancy in her Studio
Capriccio Acrylic on Canvas 24” x 18”
Adagio Acrylic on Canvas 20” x 16”
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