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Contemplative Women Emerge Through Subtle Grids in Stelios Pupet’s Paintings — Colossal


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November 13, 2023

Grace Ebert

“Les murmures du jardin,” oil on canvas, 200 x 200 centimeters. Photo by Auryn F. All images © Stelios Pupet, shared with permission

Whether working on a wall or canvas, artist Stelios Pupet begins with a grid. What starts as uniform blocks slowly morph into varied, angular shapes as he works, adding depth and structure to his largely figurative compositions. Viewed through the subtle distortion of the grid, his subjects are often crouching amid cacti and potted plants or curled into themselves in moments of contemplation. He describes his process:

I am focusing on creating a nice image, different or contemporary and easy on the eye. Sometimes, there is a personal story behind a canvas or a painting on a wall that makes the artwork more powerful or important (to me at least)…I believe that if you give everything in the creation of an artwork, somehow a part of you is captured and in this way, feelings are being created (for) the viewer.

Following a busy few months of working on murals across Europe, Pupet is currently creating a small piece in a park near his home in Athens. Follow his progress on Instagram.


a woman's back is turned to the viewer as she grasps a potted plant on the floor

“Amongst Greenery,” oil on canvas, 120 x 120 centimeters

a close up of a woman wearing a sunhat

Detail of “Les murmures du jardin,” oil on canvas, 200 x 200 centimeters

an aerial view of a robot like character mural amid rubble

“MR Tlaloc,” Athens. Photo by Dimitris Maniatis

a mural of a crouching woman with a large sunhat surrounded by cacti

“Amidst the Cacti,” Zaragoza, Spain. Photo by Marcos Cebrián

A grid-like portrait of a stern woman looking directly at the viewer

Remake of the Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres painting, “Portrait of Madamme Gaudry” (1864), acrylic and crayons on canvas , 40 x 40 centimeters

an aerial view of a mural of a woman curled up on a blue background

“Solitude of Contemplation,” Antonis Tritsis Metropolitan Park, Athens

A woman on a wooden chair with her legs pulled up. All on a gridded purple backdrop

Study for the canvas “They keep coming,” gouache on paper, 25 x 18 centimeters

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#Stelios Pupet
#street art


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