Another critically acclaimed exhibition presenting Eva Divari's favourite subject, this time in a lean, austere and minimalist style. Eva's new collection, named 'Craze for Grandeur', epitomizes the saying: 'Less is more'.
Art historian Annita Patsouraki, wrote:
The artist, thematically consistent with her preferences and the constant source of her inspiration, presents port and dockyard views, this time in complete colour abstraction and formalistic austerity.
Stranded ships in majestic perspective, cross the canvas diagonally or "menacingly" attract the existence of the viewer with their passing. Images fragmented but at the same time absolutely complete, focus on the central narrative idea.
The whole composition is quiet, with dominant planar surfaces, while the absence of any decorative motif further charges the notion of the subject.
With a steady, austere and lean design, appropriate to its detail and referential to its descriptions, shows the volumes and the forms she affectionately embraces, showcasing her unparalleled design ability. Movement is succeeded by apparent stagnation, while colour palettes have been expelled from the uniform grey surface.
The cold contrast of white and black together with the tonal gradations of grey, come in stark contrast with the red pulse that covers the ships’ bases and their reflections in the water, where scattered throughout the painting’s area they record its dimensions on a neutral background that leaves the subject to emerge undisturbed.
Calmness and abandonment, scenes of creation in recession and implied metal masses advocate to a disregard of colour. The human presence is discretionary, solitary, immersed in thought and reminiscence mood, accompanies nostalgically the desolate docks.
The artist maintains a sense of freedom, but in a renewal mood projects the essential, accentuates the central theme and with the intensity of the material’s power responds to the shape and surface of objects, as they exist in her senses.
She successfully manages to emphasise her love for the sea, the travels, to record her memories and with the maximum realistic representation to approach the topic from her feminine, tender point of view look confirming the poetic quote "The sea, the sea, who will manage to exhaust her”?
…and the excerpt from the original press article:
…as well as glowing reviews in other publications