Irene Georgopoulou

Irene Georgopoulou was born in 1964. Since becoming a full-time artist in 2009 she has won several awards and her work has been published in art books and magazines, most notably: Poets and Artists Magazine, Hyperrealism Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Pastel Journal, The Guide Artists, Pratique des Arts and a series of “Strokes of Genius” books. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, of PASIT (Pastellisti Italiani), of International Guild of Realism and has achieved Master Circle Status with International Association of Pastel Societies. She is also member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece.
Irene paints realistic still lifes and portraits in pastel. Her work focuses on still lifes and portraits. She loves transforming common objects into luminous still life paintings. Her exploration of the evocative expressive power of the details that she captures in her artworks brings the notion of realistic painting to a new level of significance engaging the viewers into a multilayered visual experience. Her composition and overall aesthetic as well as her bold use of color give her work a modern vibe and contemporary flavor. She also finds portraiture fascinating and tries to create a certain emotional content with her work.
Her work was juried into art shows such as IGOR, IAPS and PSWC and she was among the finalists in many art competitions. Some of them are the 14th Annual ARC Salon, International Artist Magazine Competition, Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence, Artist Magazine Annual Art Competition, Pastel100 and Richeson75.
She has participated in numerous exhibitions in USA, Italy, France, China, Greece and Turkey. Irene’s art is in many private collections worldwide.


Solo Exhibitions

  1. Solo Art Show at Café Del Art, Athens, Greece
  2. Solo Art Show at Mylos Art Café, Athens, Greece
  3. Solo Art Show at “Chromata & Paramythia, Thessaloniki, Greece
  4. Solo Exhibition at Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado, USA

Group Exhibitions

  1. “Still Life and Abstract” Exhibition at Richeson Gallery in Wisconsin, USA.
  2. IAPS “18th Juried Exhibition” at the Hispanic Arts Gallery Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
  3. “Small Works” at Richeson Gallery in Wisconsin, USA.
  4. “Small Works” at Richeson Gallery in Wisconsin, USA.
  5. International Art Exhibition “Insan Insterse” in Istanbul, Turkey.
  6. IAPS “26th Juried Exhibition” in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
  7. “2nd China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Exhibition” at Ming Gallery, Suzhou, China.
  8. “Small Works” at Ena Gallery in Athens, Greece.
  9. “Energy Athens” hosted by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies in Athens, Greece.
  10. “Welcoming Documenta 14” at Kaplanon5 Gallery in Athens, Greece.
  11. “First International Exhibition of Pastel Painting” in Tivoli, Italy.
  12. “2nd Art Thessaloniki International Art Fair”, at Thessaloniki, Greece with Kaplanon Galleries.
  13. Art Exhibition “Find Refuge in Art” project of the Hellenic Open University in Athens, Greece.
  14. “Keys” selected for the Pastel Art Museum Opening Exhibition in Suzhou, China.
  15. “Small Works” at Richeson Gallery in Wisconsin, USA.
  16. “3rd Pastel d’Opale”, in Boulogne sur mer, France.
  17. “Monografies” at Ena Gallery in Athens, Greece.
  18. “Landscape, Seascape & Architecture” at Richeson Gallery in Wisconsin, USA
  19. “Pastels On High Open International Exhibition” at Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael, California, USA.
  20. 3rd China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Exhibition, at Ming Gallery, Suzhou, China.
  21. “13th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition” at Sugarman-Peterson Galleri in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
  22. “3rd Art Thessaloniki International Art Fair”, at Thessaloniki, Greece with Kaplanon Galleries.
  23. “Small Works” at Kaplanon5 Gallery in Athens, Greece.
  24. “Small Works” at Richeson Gallery in Wisconsin, USA.
  25. “Pastels USA” 33rd Annual International Open Exhibition at Haggin Museum in Stockton, California, USA.
  26. Invitational Exhibition at the opening of Δelta Art Gallery in Samos Island, Greece.
  27. “14th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition” at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, USA.
  28. “24th Art Athina International Art Fair” at Zappeion Hall with Kaplanon Galleries, in Athens, Greece.
  29. “Small Works” at Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  30. “First International Art Exhibition” at El Greco Museum, in Crete, Greece.
  31. “15th International Guild of Realism Annual Exhibition at Principle Gallery, in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.
  32. 30th Annual Holiday Miniature Show at the Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  33. Gallery Ring’s – December’s Holiday Advent Show.
  34. Gallery Ring’s – COLORFUL Show.
  35. International Guild o Realism Spring Salon Online Exhibition.
  36. Pastellisti Italiani’s Online Pastel Painting Juried Exhibition.
  37. Pastel Society of the West Coast Member’s Only Online Show.
  38. Richeson75 Still Life & Floral International Juried Exhibition.
  39. 100 Contemporary Grandmasters of Fine Arts Spring Salon Online Exhibition.

Awards

  1. “Pebbles” won the 1st place Award in Richeson75 Still Life & Abstract Competition.
  2. “Spoons” received the Award of Merit in Four Points Contemporary International Competition.
  3. “Keys” won the People’s Choice Award in Richeson75 Still Life & Floral Competition.
  4. “Washed Ashore” won 4rth place Award in the Still Life/Floral category of the 17th Annual Pastel 100 Competition.
  5. “Three Orchids” won the Richeson75 Still Life & Floral People’s Choice Award.
  6. “Refuge” awarded Outstanding Pastel Award in the August BoldBrush Painting Competition.
  7. “Innocent Smile” won 3rd place Award in category 34-Realism/Humans at American Art Awards.
  8. “Still Life with Boots” won 5th place-tie Award in category 37-Realism/Still Life at American Art Awards.
  9. “Shipwreck” won 1st place Award in PASIT online exhibition in Still Life category.
  10. “Treasures from the Past” won Honorable Mention in Richeson75 Small Works Competition.
  11. “Would You Play with Me” won 3rd place Award in Pastel Society of North Carolina’s “Pure Color” International Competition.
  12. “Back in Time” won an Honorable Mention in the Still Life category of the 21st Pastel 1oo Competition.
  13. “Love Boat” won 4rth Prize award in Pastel d’Opale International Biennial Exhibition.
  14. “Joyful Memories of Childhood” awarded with Honorable Mention at 2nd Pastellisti Italiani’s International Online Exhibition.
  15. “B is for Boat” awarded Outstanding Pastel Award in the March Boldbrush Painting Competition.
  16. “Refugee” received the Crystal Snowflake Award at Art Gallery Ring for December’s “HOLIDAY ADVENT|” Show.
  17. “Joyful Memories of Childhood” received the Best in Show Award and “S is for Spinning Top” received the Crystal Snowflake Award at Art Gallery Ring for the virtual show “COLORFUL”

Publications

  1. International Artist Magazine Issue 86, 6 page spread
  2. Stroke of Genius 4, Exploring Line
  3. Stroke of Genius 5, Design and Composition
  4. The Richeson75 International Small Works 2015 Exhibit book
  5. Strokes of Genius 8, The Best of Drawing
  6. Pastel Journal Magazine, Issue April 2017
  7. Southwest Art Magazine, May 2016 Issue
  8. International Association of Pastel Societies 12th Biennial Convention Program – Pastel World Exhibition Catalog
  9. “Energy Athens Exhibit book of the European Centre for Arrchitecture Art Design and Urban Studies
  10. The Richeson75 International Figure/Portrait 2017, Exhibit book
  11. 1st Prima Mostra Internazionale di Pastello in Italia Exhibit book
  12. People of the City Exhibit book of Ena Contemporary Gallery
  13. 3ης China Biennial International Pastel Exhibit book
  14. 13th International Guild of Realism Exhibit book
  15. Strokes of Genius 10, Inspiring Subjects
  16. 3rd Biennale Internationale Pastel d’Opale Exhibit Book
  17. The Richeson75 International Figure/Portrait 2018 Exhibit book
  18. PSWC Magazine, Article about the 33rd Pastel USA International 2019. Art Habens Magazine, Biennial Edition, 28 page spread
  19. Hyperrealism Magazine Issue 7, 6 page spread
  20. PoetsArtists Magazine, “Adorn Me”, Issue 101
  21. PoetsArtists Magazine, “Provocative Patterns”, Issue 106
  22. PoetsArtists Magazine, “Variety Issue”, Issue 108
  23. “Back in Time” was featured in the 14th ARC Salon Catalogue
  24. Hyperrealism Magazine, Issue 10
  25. Hyperrealism Magazine, Issue 11, 6 page interview and feature
  26. My artwork “Refugee” was featured in “Tu mejor Pintura” book II, a publication from Galleria Artelibre in conjunction with the MEAM
  27. Pratique Des Arts Magazine, No 58, article about my 4th prize award in the 4th International Pastel d’Opale
  28. The Guide Artists Magazine, Issue 36, August 2020, 8 page spread
  29. Hyperrealism Magazine, Issue 12, 6 page feature
  30. American Art Collector Magazine, Issue 186, April 2021, article about International Guild of Realism’s “Spring Salon” online show
  31. The Richeson75 Still Life & Floral 2021 Exhibit book

Artist’s Statement

I am a pastelist by preference and I loved this medium from the moment I picked up my first pastel in 2009, a turning point in my life, being a moment of enlightenment and revelation. Pastel is, beyond a shadow of doubt, a magical medium that reflects light in such way that the painting’s surface emits a mystical glow.

I am mainly a still life painter but I also enjoy portraiture. I am constantly obsessed by colors and I find myself spellbound by the playful impact of light while it piously strikes objects and creates luminous reflections. I enjoy depicting the uncomplaining movement and mesmerizing illusion of water. Pebbles, glass marbles, shells, toys, old coins, are among my favorite subjects. By focusing on small daily objects, I try to gain insight into the secret nature of things by exploring them deeply. The expected outcome is bound to be the awareness that still life little objects do have an evocative expression and they can undoubtedly offer the viewer the privilege to experience art through a variety of angles. I aspire to praise the beauty and undeniable significance of simple things that have special meaning to us or to our beloved ones and to emphasize their undeniable contribution to the surroundings.

As an artist I feel an irresistible attraction towards realism. My passion is exploring and unveiling details. I love painting close-ups and my need to depict the chosen subject with great precision seduces me into a constant battle to master new skills of realism. I paint what I find beautiful enjoying the process of painting. It’s always such a pleasure when my work resonates with people.____________________________

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