Gunning News: Margarita Georgiadis | September 7

MARGARITA IN FRANCE

Gunning resident and internationally recognised artist Margarita Georgiadis was one of eight artists chosen worldwide to undertake a once only offered artist’s two week residency in France.

Here are her reflections:

“The residency was an hour south of Paris in Héricy Sur Seine, a small village by the River Seine.

The property overlooking the river was once owned by Etienne Dinet’s family, a 17th century French Orientalist painter.

I worked in what was his first studio before he left France to live in the Middle East for the rest of his professional life.

INSPIRATIONAL: The view from the studio on the River Seine where Margarita enjoyed a one-time-only artist's residency. Photo: supplied.

INSPIRATIONAL: The view from the studio on the River Seine where Margarita enjoyed a one-time-only artist's residency. Photo: supplied.

I have never in my life witnessed so much green in the landscape. 

I was immersed in forever lush, juicy green – a green world.

It was a jolt and visual shock to my Australian senses and a challenge to paint and draw the essence of this landscape.

My studio overlooked the river, so naturally my paintings have been inspired by that stunning, tranquil and ever-changing view.

FALLING IN LOVE

I spent some time exploring Paris. Having never travelled to France before, this was my first experience of the city. 

I fell in love. I fell in love with the Parisian architecture, the history, culture, the majesty and grandeur of monuments, the never-ending streets. Streets with skewed vanishing points, luring me toward seemingly endless adjoining streets. Ancient sky scrapers towered over this incredibly beautiful city – a city of art and architecture.  

The contrast between the countryside and the city was extreme.

The experience was unforgettable and incredibly inspiring. I feel I have since painted not one but two bodies of work for exhibition – Paris and Héricy Sur Seine.

Since returning I have produced over 50 paintings and studies and over 40 works on paper in three months with still more to paint.  

REAL DEAL: Gunning artist Margarita Georgiadis pictured with an older work from an exhibition in Goulburn in 2012.

REAL DEAL: Gunning artist Margarita Georgiadis pictured with an older work from an exhibition in Goulburn in 2012.

I am still inspired by my time in France, made possible by a Veolia Mulwaree Art Scholarship and a self-initiated crowd funding campaign.

Artists, collectors, friends and family generously supported and followed my trip to France, receiving an artwork for a pledge.

I will forever be grateful for the encouragement and belief in my artistic quest and adventure received from so many kind and generous people.”

An exhibition of the artist’s work “Paris á L’Atelier Sur Seine” will show from October 12-30 at Rex-Livingston Art & Objects in Katoomba.

Selected works will possibly be shown later at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.  

GREEN DREAM: An avenue of Pollard Trees leading to studio in the small village of Héricy Sur Seine, an hour south of Paris.

GREEN DREAM: An avenue of Pollard Trees leading to studio in the small village of Héricy Sur Seine, an hour south of Paris.

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