Jim Gigurtsis

Jim creates art that expresses his thoughts, emotions, and dreams to evoke an emotional bond with the viewer. He captures images of everyday life. He creates a visual comfort zone by using recognizable images but then juxtaposes them by adding and subtracting shapes and color to stir the viewer’s visual and visceral responses. In portraiture, Jim captures his emotional response to the sitter’s presence. The totality of the image seen from afar dissipates as you get closer to the painting. The view is obscured with accidental marks, unpainted areas, and imperfections that represent a moment in the person’s life journey, decay, or re-generation.

For many of his figurative paintings, Jim uses images found in newspapers, magazines, and his personal collection of photographs. He explores the real-life human story that these images depict once they are detached from the glamour and context of their original place. Working with the images instead of models, Jim distances himself from the persons and uses the emotions triggered by the images to inspire and compose the story. Jim’s installation art is an attempt to break away from the constraints of the 2D space. Generally, the idea for the installation comes to him at fleeting moments. He then executes the piece using found objects or by creating objects from scratch to depict the idea.

Jim lives in Seminole, Florida, USA. He was born in Crete, Greece, and grew up in London, England, where he exhibited in various venues across London. Jim’s art can be found in private and public collections in England, Ireland, Norway, Greece, Canada, and the USA.

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