John Kokkinos

Toronto, Canada

The subject of wireless communications technology fascinated me.
I imagine the billions of daily transmissions as various shapes, sizes and speeds making a crowd of busy, mind-boggling patterns in every possible layer of global air space. Still there is clarity.
A lot of my inspiration comes from popular culture found in fabric designs, advertising design, interior spaces, architecture, television and the web. All this merges to express our culture.
My other inspiration comes from the art of ancient cultures, the shapes and repeated patterns seem to have a strong visual foundation.
The old and new cultures have given me the ability to express the subject of wireless technology.
Discovering unique approaches in painting maintains my interest and I constantly strive for it.
My approach to painting is complex, very similar to the subject.
I use a combination of various media, watercolor, stain, limestone, acrylic, chalk, crayons, and rice paper, to give me a large range of expression. I begin by preparing visceral paintings on other surfaces. Once the paint is dry it‘s lifted and collaged onto the canvas. In a similar way I use rice paper by pouring liquid media. Once dry the paper is collaged onto the canvas with acrylic media.
My next step is to prepare heavy body paint. This is done by grinding limestone, Chalk, and crayons. These pigments are mixed with acrylic paints. The heavy body paint allows me to create three dimensional shapes and place them on to the canvas. Later on more paint is applied until the painting reaches a visual balance.
I use alternative tools and many times I build implements in order to move the paint uniquely. This evolving process has great appeal for me, and results in something unexpected in the viewing experience of my work.

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