Nikos Aslanidis | The Alchemist
11 November 2016 – 21 January 2017
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art in Düsseldorf presents new works by Greek artist Nikos Aslanidis. The Alchemist is his second solo show at the gallery in Düsseldorf, opening November 4 2016.
Nearly all of Nikos Aslanidis‘ paintings in oil evolve around the subject of the human figure, or the classical genre of the portrait, which he varies in all its facets. His figures usually remain in a state of vagueness, which might become discomforting at times.
With the character of the alchemist, who appers in several of the paintings and also became the title figure of the exhibition, Aslanidis – for the first time – narrows the interpretational frame in terms of identification of the figures. It is important for the artist though, that the characterisation of the alchemist still remains in a sort of half-light, a forgotten figure, in which science, philosophy, priesthood and magic become one. Aslandis instead to the Carl Gustav Jung‘s depth psychological interpretation of alchemy and its processes, symbolism and mysticism which Jung realates to the human psyche and its development. Thus, his paintings may also be much better understood as psychological profiles than actual portraits.
Opening: Friday, 4 November 2016, 6 pm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art
Bilker Str. 5 + 4–6, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
Detail: Nikos Aslanidis, The Dress (Alchemist), oil on linen, 2015 – 2016, 165 x 90 cm