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Nikos

Kouroussis

Kouroussis completed his studies in fine art and sculpture in London at St. Martin’s School of Art and at Hornsey College of Art (1960-1964). He attended classes for visual arts in Europe, at different centres, in 1965. Interested in all areas of art, together with various themes and representations, Kouroussis’s regard also encompassed abstract and experimental trends in sculpture and in painting. Based on these inclinations, his technique was mixed and inventive, resulting in set pieces emphasizing artistic esteem as well as the value of the synthetic.

Kouroussis can be considered one of the most important and characteristic figures of modern Cypriot art for his ability to be a creator interested and involved in painting, sculpture, engraving and also a number of mediums: theatre, cinema, video, environments and events, at the same time. His artistic process, until the year 1968, advanced within the realm of abstract art, simultaneously drawing on the method of English constructivism and the paintings of St. Ives artists.

Thereafter, he moved into the production of more conceptual shapes thanks to his pronounced interest in the concept of space. Gradually, the Cypriot artist was driven to explore beyond fictional and real space – and the notion of time itself – creating constructions and on site installations. He began creating these constructions as of 1976, manufacturing whole environments in certain spaces – involving the existing work or vastness in order to fabricate a dynamic relationship with the space and the creation itself. Concurrently, he started a dialogue, a conceptual one, with his audience. In this way, his work operates as a vehicle in the broader philosophical and social ruminations.

Propelled by his exploration and interest in adopting new expressive methods, Kouroussis quickly delved into the world of video and new technologies, using the means in his various installations. Research on the use of new technologies in the production of his artworks began in 1987, when the artist was invited to the Pratt Institute in New York as a visiting professor. Directly entwined in his subject matter is the essence of allegory, from which he extracts archetypal, timeless meanings associated with life and death. By detecting new directions in which to take his art visually and experimenting with new means of expression, Kouroussis found his artistic process.

Cypriot, 1937

Nikos Kouroussis, Untitled, 1973, Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

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