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Looking through a glass onion, acrylic on aluminium, 51.5 x 78.5 cm, 2019.


This unique painting is a tribute to John Lennon and Victor Vasarely, two artists who were leading figures in their fields, during the legendary 60s era and had a great influence on my work.


“Glass Onion” is a song by the Beatles from their 1968 double album, (known as the “White Album”). The song was written primarily by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. In the same year, Victor Vasarely, (widely accepted as a “grandfather” and leader of the op art movement), introduced his Vega painting series, where he manipulated color, shape, and form to trick viewers into seeing depth on a two-dimensional plane. Such deception and perceptual games were also my point while working on this painting.


When the viewer blurs his eyes, (or looks at the work from a longer distance), she or he will even see John’s expressive eyes, inside the concentric circles that form his typical glasses.


Keywords: smyrnios, painting, visual perception, op art, pop art, portrait, john lennon, victor vasarely, music, geometry, line art, glass onion, vega
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