Alex Mavromaras’ work in alternative photographic processes is inspired by Greek impressionists translated into cyanotypes, gumoils and oil prints.
From: Athens, Greece.
Shows: Cyanotypes, Gumoils and Oil prints.
“Working with 62g vellum is challenging. A Cyanotype print has to go through an ‘abusive’ workflow cycle, where vellum is developed, toned, bleached and dried before being painted-over; steps which inevitably push this delicate material to its structural limits. When things work, the process chemistry takes over and puts the “strokes” in for me, while bleaching creates the necessary space, so I can add my “palette”. I begin painting-over the sky, emulating the wet-on-wet watercolor technique and then take on the main subject and surrounding details. Using drawing pencils, I create a subtle base color and finish up with watercolors adding depth and contrast. The result is as close as creativity and skill let me get to “chromophotography” of the 19th century.”
Alex Mavromaras lived in Egypt, Germany and the UK. Since 2004 he resides permanently in Athens, Greece. His work consists of one-of-a-kind Cyanotypes on paper, glass and vellum as well as Gumoil prints and Oil-prints, exhibited in several Athenian and Greek island galleries.
More about Alex Mavromaras:
- Contact email: alexmavromaras (at) yahoo.gr