unseen by Elena Tsoka

15 May 2013 – 22 May 2013

Event times

9am-6pm, Monday-Friday

Cost of entry


Great Western Studios

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus 18: Cirencester Street
  • Tube: Hammersmith&City or Circle Line: Royal Oak or Westbourne Park

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Elena Tsoka explores the link between time and feelings through a series of paintings that are about the small world within the bigger world. She collects images from everyday life to create a dialogue between buildings, open windows, figures and objects. This narrative becomes a tool to link the two worlds of art and the human environment. She uses mixed media on canvases to express the blurred emotions, realities, ideas, and stories. ‘My work is about the human stories that are happening next to us, the fast rhythms we live in, the scenes we see that never return, the people we pass by and never meet again, and the exact seconds of time that influence the rest of our lives'. Elena's new series of works alternate between figuration and abstraction. Every painting is shaped by her study of uncertainty and change. While she works, a long process of adjustment occurs where she builds up many layers of paint, often to some considerable extent, or she completely removes layers - a constant process of addition and subtraction. The layers of paint reflect the layered and indistinct emotions and stories that overlap each other. The characters are often alone or surrounded by other independent figures that are not necessarily connected with each other and define the fragility and loneliness of a human existence. The protagonists of the paintings do not have particular characteristics as they represent each and everyone, whilst they are also unknown and therefore... ‘unseen'.

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