Giorgos Rorris: Perfect Awkwardness

Perfect Awkwardness

The human subjects in Giorgos Rorris’ work often change, but what unifies many of his paintings is his consistent return to the bleak but atmospheric environment of his studio. It's a large, paint-splattered space with high ceilings and no furniture. Here, he explores the female experience in the decidedly unglamorous setting of contemporary Greece and documents the gritty world of personal lives lived in a country struggling in an era of globalization and brutal economic uncertainty.

“The house is old. It is situated in a run-down sector of Athens next to the railway station. Here the financial crisis that is plaguing my country is ever more present. The struggle to survive is visible. It was precisely this element that led me to find a studio in this neighborhood twenty years ago."

His painting recalls the style of older Brit masters Lucien Freud and Stanley Spencer. His brushwork is similarly fluid, supple and his palette is muted but rich in chiaroscuro and hue, featuring ochres and umbers. Riorros’s portrayals of contemporary womanhood are likewise visceral and didactic. He says he is not interested in painting “nudes” or adding to the history of this genre: “I paint portraits of people without clothes. In these images of women without clothes I try to paint the body of today’s woman; how she sits, how she displays her figure to be viewed."

“The girls who sit for me aren't professional models. That aspect doesn't interest me at all. They are by and large, actors or drama students. Their inexperience is what interests me. Due to the embarrassment that nudity obviously causes, they sit, pose and move their arms with a naivety and reserve that lends the body a different appearance and allows it to position itself unexpectedly in the space. This awkwardness is what I am looking for.”

Giorgos Rorris is represented by Medusa Art Gallery in Athens.