‘Elephant Skin’ (2022) derives from Foteinias’ long preoccupation with paint as a medium that carries a material surface and qualities inherited by its uses and histories across various traditions. In particular, he is interested in the communicative potential of paint as an independent entity. This interest dates back to his early life, working as an apprentice in his father’s decorating business. Mixing or manipulating paint, and detaching it from buckets and plates started receiving a ritual function, with remnants of dried paint becoming the starting point of experimentations on visual compositions. From a form of recycling of used construction material, material transformations of paint gradually became a formal component of his art practice. Elephant skin illustrates the accumulation of such processes. Paint is framed, illuminated, and combined with other material, resulting into a sculptural construct.
Untitled, 50cm x 35cm
Rooftop, 24cm x 24cm
Thanasis Foteinias was born in 1984 and graduated from the School of Marble Sculpture in Tinos and the School of Fine Art in Athens. He attended scenography classes and participated in group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. His work can be found in private collections. In 2014 he started working for the Greek National Theatre up today. He lives and works in Athens.