Once upon a time..

Jim Gigurtsis Hi everybody,

Firstly I would like to thank Creative Pinellas for awarding me one of the emerging artist grants for 2019 and secondly I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.

My name is Jim Gigurtsis, and I am a multi-discipline visual artist.  I was born in Crete, Greece. Upon completion of high school I moved to London, England to attend university. I remained in London and had a successful career in financial services whilst painting on a part time basis.  In 2016 I decided to pursue a full time career in visual arts. I am currently based in Seminole, Florida.

One of my interests that influences my work is the ambiguous concept of the “Human Condition”. Wikipedia defines the “Human Condition” as “the characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence, such as birth, growth, emotionality, aspiration, conflict, and mortality”. I am sure you can find other definitions that are as vague as this!

In my work I create art that express my thoughts, emotions and dreams to evoke an emotional  bond with the viewer. I capture what I feel not necessarily what I see. I purposely avoid been prescriptive as the viewer must transpose and interpret not spoon-fed.

I am planning to use this blog to take you through a journey of my studio life. Different elements of my practice will come together to create art for at least two subjects that I have just started working on Communication and Feelings.  If everything goes according to plan these will be included in the Emerging Artist exhibition at Creative Pinellas.

See you soon.

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