Irene Georgopoulou

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Irene Georgopoulou

United States


Irene Georgopoulou paints realistic still lifes and portraits in pastel. She has won several awards and her work has been published in art books and magazines, most notably:Poets and Artists Magazine, Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Pastel Journal, Southwest Art Magazine and a series of Strokes of Genius books. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, of International Guild of Realism and has achieved Master Circle Status with the International Association of Pastel Societies.

Her work has juried into art shows such as I.A.P.S., Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 and she was among the finalists in many art competitions. Some of them are: “International Artist Magazine Competition”, “Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence”, “Artist Magazine Annual Art Competition” and “Richeson75”. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in the United States, China, France, Greece, Italy and Turkey. Irene’s art is in many private collections worldwide.

Artists Statement

 I am a pastelist by preference and I loved this medium from the moment I picked up my first pastel in 2009. It is a magical medium that reflects light in such way that the painting's surface emits a glow.

I am mainly a still life painter but I also enjoy portraiture. I respond to what catches my eyes and heart by using color. I am constantly obsessed by colors and I find myself spellbound by the play of light while it strikes objects and creates luminous reflections. I enjoy depicting the movement and illusion of water. Pebbles, glass marbles, shells, coins,  toys are my favorite subjects.

As an artist I feel an irresistible attraction towards realism. My passion is in the 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.

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