Inspired by Nature

The child is father of the man

William Wordsworth

Like Wordsworth’s child, from a very young age Yorgos Papadopoulos was enchanted by natural beauty. On his travels through the deep south east as a young graduate, he discovered the pleasure of scuba diving. During several diving trips to the Great Barrier Reef and the coral reefs around the Phi Phi islands in Thailand, he got totally submerged in the colourful and magical world with a fascinating half a billion year history and yet largely unscathed by human interference. Researching this world and exploring the primary medium of his practice – glass being at the same time colourless and comfortable with colours – led him to create some exciting works reflecting the organic and sculptural forms of the underwater, pieces that are abstract but crystalline representations of nature providing fragmented views of the real world. Combined with proper lighting and even fluorescent pigments and UV light, they become even more striking. Although science is not yet clear on why corals fluoresce, one theory suggests it is part of the symbiotic survival between the corals and the organisms that nourish them. Similarly Papadopoulos seems to be suggesting with his art that beauteous mystique which, like the colours themselves, lies solely in the eye of the beholder, is vital to our living together as human beings.

Inspired by Nature

The child is father of the man

William Wordsworth