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Despina editioning ‘Still Life’ monoprints

Despina Editioning ‘Still Life’ Monoprints

Print Studio

Work in progress at the London Print Studio.

Despina Symeou is a Painter~Printmaker who lives and works in London.

After the study of art forms focusing on fine art, printmaking and photography, Despina specialised in Jewellery Design, gaining a B.A.Hons Degree from Middlesex University.

In recent years she has returned to the two dimensional formats that had originally fired her imagination, using photography as a sketch book to reference her painting and printmaking. The human form has been her preferred starting point for most of her projects and an eye for the interesting and sometimes unexpected elements add to the narrative as the work progresses.

‘The way I apply the ink onto the plate is in my mind similar to applying paint to canvas. The marks and lines remain the same, but the colours merge and tonal effects take place to ensure each print is unique. This method naturally led onto the more instinctive and spontaneous mono printing practice, where I make work that celebrates the female form. I apply a similar method on a larger scale to my canvas nudes. These paintings have a more abstract quality without deviating from the representational format.’

Despina began showing her figurative work in 2010 with her solo show Skin Shapes. Since then she has exhibited her work in and around London with the Printmakers Council, biannually shows work at The Affordable Art Fair UK and as a member of ArtCan, collaborates with artist’s groups which enables her work to reach a wider audience.

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Publications
  • Artist Of the Month, Oct 2020, Sanctuary Magazine
  • Island2Island, Restless Movement Between Cultures
  • Making An Impression, Printmakers Council at 50
  • Transformation, Trees & Abstract
  • Works On Paper
  • Photographics
  • CMYK A Feast Of Printmaking In Colour
  • Mini Print Internacional De Cadaques
  • London to Nicosia. Art, Expression & Connection
  • Cyprus Today
  • Immortalised By Art
Collections
  • Private collectors worldwide
  • Olive Tree Sunset’ and ‘Graffiti Cat’ etchings held in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, archives
  • Walking the Pier’ etching held at the Scarborough Museum Trust
Shortlisted
  • The Summer Exhibition, 2018, The Royal Academy of Arts
  • 2020 Island2Island prizewinner
Selected Exhibitions 2010 – 2020
  • Skin Shapes (solo exhibition) -The Britannia Centre, London
  • Immortalised by art -Salvation Army HQ, London
  • Elevate 02 – Duff & Phelps, The Shard, London
  • Island2Island – Velorose Gallery, Barbican, London
  • ArtCan Open 2019 – Trinity Gallery, London
  • PMC 50 years – New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey
  • Works On Paper – The Barbican Library, London
  • CMYK – The Pie Factory, Margate
  • Mini Print Internacional De Cadaques, Spain
  • Photographics – Great Western Studios, London
  • The Framers Gallery, London
  • The Highgate Literary Society & Scientific Institute, London
  • Transformation Trees & Abstract – Cyprus High Commission, London
  • Art, Connection & Expression – The Zampelas Art Museum, Cyprus
  • 50 Years of Artist Prints – Bankside Gallery, London
  • National  Original Print Exhibition – Bankside Gallery, London
  • The Maritime Exhibition –  The Mall Gallery, London
  • The Bainbridge Open – The Embassy Tea Gallery, London
  • RK Burt Gallery, London
Print studio

Work in progress at the London Print Studio.

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead 2019