Nature vs Architecture | Collage & colored pencil on canvas, 2020 | 24” x 24”
Minás Konsolas was born in Greece and has lived in Baltimore since 1976, where he graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. He is the former owner of Minás Gallery, an outlet for poetry, both visual and verbal. The gallery, one of Baltimore's alternative art spaces, was a gathering spot for artists, writers and performers for twenty-two years. He subsequently sold his business and now works full-time from his studio in Charles Village.
Konsolas has participated in two public mural projects for Baltimore City, in Greektown and at the Farmers' Market. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Little Patuxent Review and Passager. His original artwork and reproductions are widely collected, locally, nationally and abroad.
Konsolas is known for employing a variety of artistic styles and techniques, which allows his work to continually evolve. His constant focus is how light interacts with color and form.
In this body of work, Konsolas works with collage, paint, and other mixed media, creating expressionistic scenes employing a combination of divergent yet complimentary forms, textures and vibrant colors with an emphasis on well-defined edges and lines. His images depict figures engaged in activities of relaxation. In his indoor scenes, the walls of the rooms these characters inhabit feature frames that might be pictures, doorways, windows, or portals into entirely different spaces; it is often left for the viewer to decide. Using an Exacto knife for precision cuts in his materials, Konsolas employs a technique of clean, clear definition he has termed Exactivism. (by Richard Brett)
This body of work explores collage.
I believe that architecture is an integral part of our culture. It has been called the mother of all arts. It touches the soul. It is a tangible manifestation of human imagination. It is a major influence on a city’s image and its people, in both positive and negative ways.
By working with collage on canvas, I create a warm, patchwork effect, reminiscent of a comfortable quilt. These pieces are my way of embracing the city that I love so much.
This is my attempt to express a heartfelt connection to Baltimore, my adopted hometown. Please join me in celebrating the beauty of Baltimore’s architecture.
Vision is a tool for artists. Its normal and abnormal characteristics may influence what an artist can do. My high- risk glaucoma and dry eyes diagnosis has a lot to do with what you see in this series .
Pointillism, or divisionism is a style which involves the separation of colors into individual dots. A thousand points of light made by a spectrum of diverse shades, hues and intensities. Once on the canvas, the viewer is invited to optically mix them into one image. Chromoluminarism is a term used in mosaics..
Repetition, rhythm and pattern are part of every action of labor, every form of expression and many parts of nature. There is no golden ratio in this body of work, unless you see one. What appear to be more obvious are the playful color motifs in a sequential mathematical order. My intent is to create a field of energy that engages the viewer in more than one way. Roll with it.
Since selling my business in 2014, I have found my artwork to be a great way to stay connected with the talented writers and artists who frequented my Hampden gallery. For each painting in this body of work, a different Maryland poet composed a sonnet. The writers are: Agnes Osinski, Edgar Gabriel Silex, Gina Caruso, Linda Joy Burke, Jennifer Keith, Amanda McCormick, Leslie Miller, Patricia VanAmburg, Ron Williams.
Getting lost in the conversation of color, light and shadow, I am testing my senses, leaving behind a visible trace.
Immersed in the mystery of all that exists. Unable to read the bird’s eyes, I wonder ‘til the brightness of the sun blinds me. As if light and darkness were not opposites, but they exist as one.
I am interested in the idea that we all see things differently because we filter things through our own frame of mind. Your opinion matters.
As an experiment, I asked six literary friends to write one sentence about each painting. The writers were:
David Beaudouin • Betsy Boyd • Amanda Fiore
Nancy Murray • Alan Reese • Tracy Dimond
The results added an intriguing layer of perspective and interaction. Will what they see change what you see? Einstein said, “Logic takes you from Point A to Point B. Imagination takes you everywhere.”
I'm influenced by the Mediterranean landscape where I was raised and by the American landscape where I now live. Those two aesthetics come together in my paintings. I am making a poem about nature with my brush.
The private moment one has with nature leaves you with an impression that you carry in your mind. I try to express that on my canvases. These works have an imaginary quality to them. They resemble my emotions and memories. These paintings are glimpses of what moved me. When people tell me they get a familiar, nostalgic feeling from one of my paintings, it makes me happy. Even though the viewer and I have different experiences, we connect because we have similar emotions and memories.
Cara Ober said, "These paintings function as a vehicle for memory and metaphor, rather than depicting a specific place and time."
(Style Magazine, Natural Instincts, February 2015)