A Yellow Submarine rocks and rolls through rough sea. Can you hear and feel the party that’s going on inside the tube? Not that generation? Listen to the song while you check out the image. Does this make sense?
Greek artist Nicholas Smyrnios brings back the Sixties and Seventies in his works showing the faces and illustrations of the Fab 4 from Liverpool and their counterparts, the Stones, who showed the tongue to everyone, no respect. The semi-hiding with stripes gives way to thoughts about social waves, past times and stimulates to remember the own life and way of life in this past period. The style of his art is a tribute to Pop Art and Op Art, the fancy and popular art of that time. Smyrnios was trying a long time to combine these two styles and was finally finding a balance between them by developing his original visual style.
One really can hear the sounds while you can actually see the vinyl record turning around and think of the covers, of kids screaming and going bananas, of parents seeing the end of the world nearing. While the guitar gently weeps you can see the hands of the artists glide over the guitar neck, producing sounds never heard before.
This year, the world celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles. It’s 50 years since the Beatles became popular with their first record and hit song “Love me Do” in the British charts. John, Paul, George and Ringo, names every kid knew at the time. Now their faces are shown and hidden in elaborated artistic views by Smyrnios. Most specially when he shows doves flying out of the eyes of John Lennon. What else could you do but listen to ‘Imagine‘ and think of Yoko Ono?
Obviously the artist is fascinated and inspired by the Beatles. But Smyrnios also gives Satisfaction (listen) to the Rolling Stones with his work Still Going Strong.
Nicholas Smyrnios studied at Stockholm’s College University of Art and Design (Konstfack), a school founded on the principles of Bauhaus and still considered the heart of Scandinavian Design. He graduated in 1981. He says:”Since the late 80s I have worked in a digital environment shriving to get the maximum out of the new media technology and to continuously drive my creativity to higher levels. Being continuously connected to the representational art, but at the same time attracted by the power of geometric abstraction, I tried to find an efficient way for combining harmoniously elements from Pop and Op art.” This nicely sums up, what you should expect from his art. He also covers other topics such as movie stars, greek gods and mathematics. Discover more from him at his artist page where you will also find the link to his website.