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Andreas

Ladommatos

Ladommatos began his artistic studies as early as his teens, taking his first lessons from tutor T. Kanthos at the Pancyprian High School. Initially, after graduating from high school in 1959, Ladommatos worked as a designer at a architectural firm; a year later, he began his higher education at the Camberwell School of Art in London. After graduating in 1964, he returned to Cyprus where he was appointed a teacher, teaching art and technical drawing mainly at the Pancyprian High School but also at other secondary schools. 

His attempts at his craft saw him remain faithful to visual reality. As a starting point, he always focuses on something in particular, his artistic language never straying, substantially, from its descriptive style and combination of design and colour values. Earlier efforts (projects made during the period 1965-1970), including his landscape works, are distinguished by their close resemblance to impressionist ideologies. At the same time, some of these projects merge geometric and biomorphic motifs.

After 1972, the artist appears to have become more and more interested in constructivism, bringing forth works based on neutral space and the complexity of documented and geometric models. Following 1975, he clearly turns to a more poetic interpretation of visual reality, a technique Ladommatos achieves by marrying realism with impressionism. This methodology appears to conclude with the series of works ‘Stones and Water’ and ‘Flower Shops’ where the imposing use of lyrical colour emphasizes light and the key role it plays. Ladommatos also produces engravings, woodcuts and copper engravings, giving these works particular expressive power.
 

Cypriot, b. 1940

Andreas Ladommatos, Rocks and Flowers, 1990, Oil on canvas, 110 x 110 cm

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