Pointillism Revisited: Dimitri Likissas

Guy Hepner and Tax Collection are pleased to present the first US Solo show of Belgium-born artist Dimitri Likissas. The exhibition will run in the New York City gallery from May 10th to June 22nd.

Desire by Dimitri Likissas

Dimitri’s work stems from a long tradition of using distinct dots of color in art, which the viewer’s mind blends together to create the final image. Playing with chromatic tonality and the dissection of visual planes Dimitri creates works that seem to move and undulate within the canvas as if attempting to escape their two dimensional confines. While the dots work together in harmony to create the image, their circular nature acts in opposition to his square or rectangular canvases, reminding us of the basic elements of life and how atoms are in a constant movement propelling against each other creating matter itself. 

Gucci Alien by Dimitri Likissas

Having studied the works of the original Pointillist masters, such as Georges Seurat and Henri Edmond-Cross, as well as pop artists like Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring, whom he met as a teenager, Likissas gives us a fresh interpretation on the usage of dots in painting. He also incorporates academic notions from Josef Albers’ color theory, such as the idea that “visual perception of color is almost never seen as it really is – as it physically is – making color the most relative medium in art. In order to use color effectively it is necessary to recognize that color deceives continually” as can be seen by the tricks that this type of art plays on the viewer’s eyes depending how far away or close they stand to the work. 

Pink Lips and Nose by Dimitri Likissas

Coming from a graphic design background,  Dimitri has extensive knowledge of color, how it is broken down and how different tones work together on paper. This specific technical knowledge applied to canvas can be seen particularly in his abstract works that focus solely on creating colorful, aesthetically pleasing compositions. In his early works he would create a single colored dot pattern on which he would later superimpose a subject; nowadays he has evolved this technique so that the subject is intrinsically part of the painting from the start.

Dimitri Likissas in his studio

Dimitri has been painting and experimenting with dots and color for over 20 years, but only recently, with his move to Greece, did he decide to dedicate his life to his art, leaving behind his graphic design work to paint full time. His body of work has maintained the same technical and stylistic approach over all these years while the content has developed as he has moved through different countries and life events. He divides his oeuvre into three categories: the abstract works, the text works, and the icons. The pieces in which he incorporates text are inspired by modern times and the rise of social media, he was intrigued by the way people shorten their words while texting and communicating on screen: ‘in real life’ becomes ‘IRL’, ‘tomorrow’ becomes ‘2moro’; creating a new vocabulary in itself.

HRNY FCKR by Dimitri Likissas

Equally inspired by the changing world around him as from that of the past he continues develop works that represent icons, these range from interpretations of seminal works of art by Frida Kahlo and Vincent Van Gogh, among others, as well as portraits of celebrities past and present from Marilyn Monroe to Karl Lagerfeld.

Liz Taylor by Dimitri Likissas

There will be a press and collectors preview from 6pm to 7pm on May 10th in the presence of the artist; followed by an opening reception until 10pm.