Established Manchester artist and recent graduate of the Metropolitan University’s Fine Art MA (under the supervision of Northern Art Prize winner, Pavel Büchler), Evi Grigoropoulou creates understated works of slow-burning beauty. Working in paint, this new show, entitled Unrealistic, sees the artist’s exploring the potential of her material through the creation of abstract paintings on square canvases. The result are works which revolve around the concepts of line, colour, and flatness. A residency at 501 Artspace in Chongqing, China was the catalyst for certain pieces (such as Untitled, 2012, pictured which depicts a Chinese mop, for example) on display. Described by a gallery spokesperson as “paintings about painting” their subtle intricacy nods to the artist’s hard-earned position in the Manchester art scene. Other projects have included painting pebbles so intricately and realistically as to be indistinguishable from the real thing, and a still life series shown as part of a group show at Castlefield Gallery (Pressure Points: Between Tracks, 2009). Evi Grigoropoulou is based at Rogue Artists’ Studios in Manchester. Her exhibitions include Salon Art Prize 2011, Matt Roberts Arts, London; Young Manchester Artists (2011), Galleria FaFa, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland; Apocatopia (2009) among others. One to watch.

Fri 18 Jan- Sat 2 Mar, Untitled Gallery, 6 Mount Street, M2 5NS. Tel: 0161 833 3087, 6-9pm Fri, then usual opening hours, FREE,

Fri 18 Jan - Sat 2 Mar
Ruth Allan
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Sun 13 Jan 2013