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Best known for his colored dots arrangements which transform imagery into abstract, geometric forms, Dimitri Likissas is a highly-talented artist who explores the unlimited potential of chromatic and tonal scale, visual planes and volume with a two-dimensional framework. Viewing his dynamic works of art is an exciting optical experience since his pictographic arrangement seems to emerge ahead of our vision boundaries. As the colored spots matrix progress and retreat, undulate and combine, it imitates the way in which the universe works in the lively sphere of both the micro- and macrocosmos.
Background and Influences
Born in 1969, Dimitri Likissas was raised in Belgium and has Greek roots. Around his early twenties, Likissas moved to the Caribbean where his career evolved from being a graphic designer to a corporate director of a media publishing company. From that point onward, he has turned to painting full time and his creations have discovered their way into numerous private collections mostly in Europe and America. He is influenced by his Pop Art heroes Keith Haring, whom he has personally met as a teen, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol.
Dimitri Likissas is influenced by Pop Art artists such as Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol
Dimitri Likissas Art
Over the years, Likissas has developed his own optical language and inimitable style, becoming a visual wizard whose art defies spatial constraints. With utmost proficiency, he invites the observer to view the world as magical, fluid and invigorating panorama. Through his paintings, the viewers sense their universe with a new range and fascinating perspective. His style emits joy, peace, and vibrant energy. The artist pursues color relationship and brings a considerable dexterity of color theory, a deep-seated sense of rhythm and formational aspects to each painting.
He invites the observer to view the world as magical, fluid and invigorating panorama
Although most of his earlier works included a same single colored dot pattern with a superimposed subject, today, the main element or subject of his paintings coalesces within the pattern of labor-intensive, individually colored dots. For Likissas, dot patterns serve as references to living organisms, atoms; the idea that matter is made up of discrete units which cohabitate in harmony. Many ask him “Why dots and not squares?”, his answer is that “For me, dots keep on moving and rolling, while squares are restrictive.
Optical Effects of Likissas’ Work
From nearby, Likissas’ paintings exuberate an expression of mystery and wonder, as looking from short distance one can’t see more than colored dots, as his or her conscious can’t interpret what it’s seeing, while from far, the dots melt into a cosmos that everyone immediately understands. The artist’ wish is to take observers on imaginary journeys as they wander and unravel the optical effects of his paintings. He says “I hope that my art invites observation and lets viewers have visual discoveries.”
Featured image: Dimitri Likissas – portrait All images courtesy of the artist