George Sfougaras

Greece-UK

George Sfougaras was born in Greece of parents who were part of the Population Exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1922. The family came to the UK during the years of the Greek Military Junta, in the early 70s.

 

 

He has taught art, developed curriculum materials and was most recently Headteacher of a school for young people facing physical, emotional and psychiatric challenges. He has used art as a tool for positive change within educational institutions, from empowering individual pupils to engaging staff and communities.

 

Since leaving teaching he has been able to focus exclusively on making art, exploring issues of human migration, change and cultural inheritance through representational art which draws heavily on cultural symbols and historical sources.  He is a studio holder at the Leicester Print Workshop and winner of ‘Small Print International’ and ‘Ideas on Paper’ prize for Midlands Printers Open in 2016.      

 

George is the instigator of the Focus on Identity International Group in 2017, originally comprising 20 artists from 14 countries. The project is outlined here: http://www.blurb.co.uk/books/8029086-identity-magazine He was invited to speak on issues of identity and sense of place in his work at 2017 Asia Triennial in Manchester.  

 

His current projects ‘Personal Maps’ and the ‘Lazarus Project’ explore family history, migration and culture through ‘narrative mapping’ of places, memories, archival research and animation.

On the left, you see recent works.

 

WEBSITE www.georgesfougaras.com

 

INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/sfougaras/

 

BLOG https://georgesfougaras.blogspot.co.uk/

 

TWITTER https://twitter.com/gsfougaras?lang=en

All in

All in

Reflecting the sense of 'shared isolation' that we are all experiencing, in very individual ways. Digital layers over pen and ink original.

All In. Pen and ink on card.

All In. Pen and ink on card.

A sense of being all together in something whilst remaining apart, due to the pandemic.

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in our time.

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in our time.

In the middle of a pandemic and the pain and anger that erupted as a result of the George Floyd murder, it is hard to make art that captures this point in time. Yet, The symbolism of the Four Horsemen seems perfectly suited to these imperfect and difficult days. Here is a link with additional signposting if you wish to explore that piece further. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Horsemen_of_the_Apocalypse

COPYRIGHT SCAN Blacker

COPYRIGHT SCAN Blacker

Another Life

Another Life

Acrylic painting on wooden panel. Inspired by the Ellis Island images of people arriving to the USA sometimes in national costume, in search of a better life.

Gedling, a relief print.

Gedling, a relief print.

Carved 1960s work boot soles inspired by the bleak winters I lived through, as a resident in Gedling, a former mining community.

Hope

Hope

Digital and Screenprint George Sfougaras

Songs from my Father

Songs from my Father

The Crossing

The Crossing

Screenprint

Smyrna Izmir

Smyrna Izmir

Screenprint

Map

Map

Screenprint

Stories from my Mother

Stories from my Mother

screenprint

Yiatia Kircagac

Yiatia Kircagac

Screenprint 2017

Caucasus

Caucasus

Screenprint

Diaspora

Diaspora

screenprint

Lazarus

Lazarus

Mixed Media Print 2018

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