About the Art
Artist Johniene Papandreas brings fresh life to Renaissance masters such as Caravaggio, Da Vinci, and Michaelangelo as well as Pre-Raphaelite and French Romantic artists through the intensity of the cinematic close-up in her large-scale portraits and lushly atmospheric botanical paintings. Employing an unusual technique using casein, a type of milk paint, the paintings have a soft, luminous quality that appear to glow from within even in the dimmest of light.
Her portraits zero in on the micro-expression, the fleeting expressions between expressions that we sense rather than see, to reveal moments thought private, unobserved; moments when you may glimpse the absolute truth... the moments just before the walls go up. As one engages her work, it is not unusual to experience a sensation of communion when the subject sparks something in the viewer's memory “My paintings can be emotionally provocative. Every reaction is unique because we each carry different emotional baggage”, says Papandreas. “As you gaze into my eyes your subconscious is unpacking that baggage.”
About the Artist