Matter of Process
The essence painting, the substance of materiality and the plasticity of the form are at the heart of this body of work, in which Famelis challenges their limits.
Famelis focuses on the notion of process, detracting the aesthetic quest. A personal approach on two and three dimensions, which through simple gestural statements, highlights the actions for the creation of a painting, with the process that begins for Famelis from the preparation of the material he uses in his studio; the oils.
Composition and decomposition, destruction of material and recycling of matter from the remnant of the process of an artwork to the creation of a new one. The sculpture’s materiality which derives from the painting process and in this way condenses its essence.
Fameli’s work encapsulates different notions of time; the thick layers of oil work that have to be handled at a fast speed, while requiring patience for the oil to dry from one layer to the next.
The boundaries between painting and sculpture disappear as the works appear to fall into one or the other category solely depending on whether they are free in space or whether the material is applied to wooden surfaces. The endless layers of oil, with the heavy weight they carry, seem as if they carry the historical quests of painting over time.
Panos Famelis (b.1979, Athens) studied at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, attended the Hogeschool Gent in Belgium for one year (Erasmus prorgam) and continued his studies (MA), at the School of Fine Arts in Athens. He has been awarded by the Bank of Greece 2008, the Greek State Scholarship Foundation IKY( best year performance for 2002, 04, 2005) Graduated with honors degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 2005, awarded by the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, Greece, Scholarship of the Erasmus – Socrates programme 2003.
The artist’s main media is painting and sculpture, he is also occupied with drawings installations, performances, theater, curatorials and he was the founding member of the Under Construction group.
He has presented 8 solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. In 2009 he participated in the 3th Biennale of Athens “EXIT” and in 2011 he was selected to participate in the 15th Mediterranean Biennale (Thessaloniki- Rome). His work is included in the Museums and private collections in Greece and abroad.