The Simple Figure
The artist created this painting by applying and removing thin layers of paint onto wood over a number of months. With each new revision, Giannakakis shapes the work further toward abstraction to address ideas of illusion.
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Los Angeles-based Andy Giannakakis creates abstract paintings that address the act of making itself. The artist revises each of his works by applying and removing paint using a distinct layering technique, thereby developing pictorial depth. By starting and stopping over a number of months, the final image acquires detail that reflects the artist’s different mental states during the process of making the work.
Andy Giannakakis was born in 1988 in Valdosta, GA. He holds a MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, and a BFA from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.
Solo and two-person exhibitions showing Giannakakis’ work include: Gracie DeVito & Andy Giannakakis at the Atlanta Contemporary in Atlanta, Georgia; Country Paintings at Park View/Paul Soto in Los Angeles, California; The Gypsy at Tif Sigfrids in Athens, Georgia; and Gallery Share at Park View/Paul Soto in Los Angeles, California.
Group exhibitions showing Giannakakis’ work include: Le Hangar at La Maison de Rendez-Vous in Brussels, Belgium; Fiction Follows Form at Los Angeles Mission College in Los Angeles, California; The Earth Axis Tilt Shifts at Park View/Paul Soto in Brussels, Belgium; LA Friends: Group Show at Rental Gallery in East Hampton, New York; Blazing on the Pinnacles and Minarets and Balanced Rocks at CCSU Gallery in New Britain, Connecticut; APOCALYPTO at Arturo Bandini (LA) in Jackson, Wyoming; and Of a Well Sucked Apricot Pit at Tif Sigfrids Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
Giannakakis lives and works in Los Angeles, California.