Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Triada Samaras: Back to Maine Paintings

In a few cases I have gone form plein air into the studio.  Pine Point 10 below is one such case.  I spent several days in the studio tweaking this painting.  This paining is an exercise in color and texture. 




Triada Samaras

Triada Samaras


Pine Point 10
Acrylic on Canvas
8 x 10 inches
2022

Available







Triada Samaras: Back to Maine Paintings

 

Triada Samaras

Monday, August 15, 2022

Triada Samaras: Plein Air Paintings in Brooklyn, NY

My backyard in Brooklyn is another beautiful spot to capture the wind, sky, trees and air. These are small, quickly done paintings with oil and watercolor.  I try to capture the gorgeous light and beauty of the spot.  This type of painting is highly addictive I must say.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Triada Samaras "Unbound" at the Paterson Museum review by Mary Birmingham



After my solo exhibition "Unbound" at the Paterson Museum in 2019, I had intended to publish a catalogue. This piece of writing by Mary Birmingham, Curator, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, was intended for that purpose.  The pandemic upended my plans. But I do want this piece of writing to be available to my readers and followers. Therefore I am featuring it below until the catalogue gets finally made.  Triada Samaras August, 2022


     In her solo exhibition, “Unbound,” Triada Samaras explores themes of personal

identity and transformation in vibrant paintings, sculptures, and works on paper.

Working intuitively, she approaches each new work as an inquiry with its own

unique energy. A multi-disciplinary artist, Samaras is also a poet, educator, and

community activist who addresses issues like housing, clean water, and land

use—especially as they relate to gentrification. Although she has frequently used

her socially engaged art to raise awareness and affect change, with this exhibition

she shifts her focus to the personal and turns her activist energy inward.

Comprising more than thirty works, the exhibition is a comprehensive and personal

exploration.

     Incorporating iconic images of house, hand, and body, Samaras layers these forms

with words and lines from her poetry, giving viewers an intimate glimpse into her

journey toward self-actualization. In two small paintings, Bounded 1 and Bounded 2,

a windowless house with a tiny door fills almost the entire area of each painting, as

if it is about to burst out of its frame. This tension between constriction and

freedom is a recurring theme for Samaras. 

Triada Samaras

Above: Take Away, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 62 inches

A larger painting, Take Away, repeats the motif of the abstracted house, situating it behind a 

figure with outstretched arms. Like many of the artist’s works, its meaning is ambiguous. Is the 

figure embracing the house, or letting it go? Is she attached to the house or escaping its hold? 

Within the outlined shape of the figure Samaras has superimposed lines from her

poetry—some words legible and others veiled in layers of paint: “The wind blows

through me / Bright light finds the empty spot in my mind.”

     These lines or fragments of poetry appear in many other works in the exhibition. In

the ink drawing, Letting Go, an intricate network of lines and text covers the surface

of an outstretched hand, like an elaborate tattoo. A vortex of hand-written words

fills the background, repeating the lines quoted above. Samaras employs this open

hand image in several other works as she explores the dichotomy between grasping

and letting go. Reaching 1 also highlights the outstretched hand, placing it against a

dark background on which a fragment of the same line of poetry is painted. In the

exhibition’s most recent work, Emancipation, a disembodied hand reaches down

from within a light-filled grove of trees, releasing a pair of hand grenades. Bathed in

light, it is a powerful, surrealistic image.

     If there is a signature work in the exhibition it could be the painting Unbound, in

which a seated woman seen from behind is silhouetted against a gold background,

like a religious icon. A forearm and hand extends from the area of her heart up into

her head, lending new meaning to the repeated line, “Bright light finds the empty

spot in my mind.” Loose spirals of rope and text loop around her body. Despite the

ambiguity of the image, its title implies a loosening of bonds and hints at liberation.

Uprising is yet another painting that brings together house, body, and poem, and can

be seen as a coda to Unbound. Red and blue houses set in an earth-toned space

create a backdrop for a yellow female figure that diagonally bisects the canvas from

top to bottom. This figure is covered with text that restates the simple message

from Samaras’s poem, “Bright light finds the empty space.” A series of blue roofs

lines up in a perfect diagonal behind the nude figure, their pointed peaks forming

arrows that direct our eyes upward along the outstretched body, emphasizing the

work’s dynamic composition. The elemental nature of the words and image is

underscored by the artist’s use of primary colors.

     Looking deeply into Samaras’s abstracted forms, gestural brushwork, and

straightforward words, the viewer may detect a hint of hopefulness, despite their

darkness. The titles of the exhibition as well as the individual works hint at this

idea. With so much of the work expressing concepts of liberation and breaking free

and the belief that “light” will always find a home within us, the artist makes a good

argument for optimism. Like the figure in her painting, Uprising, Samaras’s work

ultimately leans toward hope. Viewed together, the works in “Unbound” release a

kind of energy that can also be described as “unbounded,” since it is limitless and

free of restraints or boundaries. We should celebrate this energy that is both timely

and timeless.


Mary Birmingham

Curator, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Triada Samaras Exhibits "Disconnect" at Riverfront Gallery / Audio File

Last night's opening at The Riverfront Gallery was awesome. Below I attach a link to an audio file I made about my acrylic painting: "Disconnect". Curator Haifa Bint-Kadi had a great idea with this idea for viewers getting to know the artists in front of their work (it was optional for individual artists). Viewers use a QR code reader to link to the audio file.  

Audio link: http://qrco.de/bdCzBb?trackSharing=1

Or use a QR readwith the code below

Triada Samaras

                                                           Above:  “Disconnect ” 

                                      Oil on Canvas. 24" x 48” Triada Samaras 2022

Artist Statement: 
My oil painting, Disconnect, is part of a recent series of paintings I am making in my studioinspired by my recent experiences with Long Covid.  Long Covid has essentially upended my life as well as artistic practices. As an artist I am interested in working through these 
changes creatively.

Triada Samaras 2022


Riverfront Art Gallery 

Deconstructed Anatomies
Riverfront Library:  August 4 – October 21, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 4, 5:30-7:30 pm, in accordance with Gallery Hop Each Thursday

For more info see my blog post: LINK











Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Triada Samaras: Trying Out Watercolor

I tried out a new medium today as I vowed to myself that I would. And a new size. This is 12” x 18” and watercolor on paper. There’s a good reason no one ever said watercolor is easy! Kudos to all the watercolorists out there; this medium is unforgiving but fun. This is my backyard in Brooklyn with a little more sky. Who knew Brooklyn could look so pretty. I added a bit of oil pastel in the end.

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Above:  Oil on the left. Watercolor on the right.

Triada Samaras


Brooklyn Sky 2

Watercolor on Handmade Paper

18" x 12"

Triada Samaras 2022

(Available)


Contact:  
email: triadasamaras@gmail.com
cell 917-5586157



Monday, August 1, 2022

Triada Samaras Exhibiting Painting "Disconnect" at Riverfront Art Gallery

Hello I am pleased to announce my painting, Disconnect, is part of an exhibition called Deconstructed Anatomies at the Riverfront Art Gallery in Yonkers, New York.

Deconstructed Anatomies
Riverfront Library:  August 4 – October 21, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 4, 5:30-7:30 pm, in accordance with Gallery Hop

Triada Samaras

                                                              Above:  “Disconnect ” 

                                      Oil on Canvas. 24" x 48” Triada Samaras 2022

Artist Statement: 
My oil painting, Disconnect, is part of a recent series of paintings I am making in my studioinspired by my recent experiences with Long Covid.  Long Covid has essentially upended my life as well as artistic practices. As an artist I am interested in working through these 
changes creatively.
Triada Samaras 2022

The Riverfront Art Gallery 
is on the 
Fourth Floor of the Yonkers Public Library at 
1 Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701

"This exhibit will showcase works that use the shared vocabulary of art and anatomy, but in deconstructed formats. We are looking on the inside and taking apart processes, anatomies, objects and machines. We have included a variety of sculpture, light installations, paintings and mixed-media."  LINK

Featured Artists: Aiki, Annette Back, Shanequa  Benitez, Alessandro Callegari, Lauren Camara, Rich Carthew, Susan Cooper, Elisabeth Faraone, Luis Fonseca, Julia Gagliardi, Will Hanlon, Susan Hoeltzel, Mark Jacobson, Jacqueline Lorieo, Daurius Martinez, Amanda Mauer, Shahaadah Morell, Robert Olsson, Kikito Rodriguez, Moses Ros, Sania Samad, Triada Samaras, Dennis Shelton, Beth Sutherland, Mitchell Visoky, Les Von Losberg

Please note this program is in person and is part of First Thursday Gallery Hop.

The Riverfront Art Gallery is located on the 4th floor of the Riverfront Library, the main branch of the Yonkers Public Library (3D model of gallery).  The gallery exhibits contemporary, nationally and internationally acclaimed artwork. We also strive to promote the work of local artists. The mission of the gallery is to present a diverse and balanced schedule of exhibits of high caliber, progressive artwork and related programs not frequently seen in Yonkers and surrounding communities.  Haifa Bint-Kadi is the curator for the gallery and schedules exhibits generally one year in advance. To contact the curator, email: haifa@ypl.org 

Library Hours and Location

Riverfront Library

One Larkin Center
Yonkers, NY 10701
914-375-7940

HOURS

Monday-Wednesday: 9 AM - 8 PM

Thursday: 10 AM - 8 PM

Friday/Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM




Sunday, July 31, 2022

Triada Samaras: Trying to paint en plein air in Brooklyn with Oil Paint

I tried something different yesterday which is oil paint and working outdoors! This is my backyard in Brooklyn. I’m still working mostly on wood. This piece is 10" x 8“ I’m still intending to go larger but I need to use up all the small pieces of wood first lol. It’s also nice to be experimenting at this stage on a smaller format before I go bigger.

Triada Samaras

Brooklyn 1

Oil on Wood

10" x 8"

Triada Samaras 2022

(Available)


Contact:  
email: triadasamaras@gmail.com
cell 917-5586157

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Triada Samaras Exhibiting Painting "Disconnect 3" at Atelier Rosal



Triada Samaras

Above:  “Disconnect 3”

Oil on Canvas 18” x 24”

Triada Samaras 2022

in

“Figuration” Show at Atelier Rosal

Opening Friday July 29, 2022 at 5-8 PM. 

All invited.

74 East Cherry St. Rahway, NJ

Hours of operation: 

Tuesday by appointment, Weds-Sat 11am-6pm

Tel.  (848) 236-5027


Below:  Photographs from Opening Reception at Atelier Rosal 











Monday, July 25, 2022

En Plein Air in Maine 17: Triada Samaras (In progress)




Triada Samaras




Triada Samaras

Pine Point 17

Acrylic on Wood

11" x 14"

Triada Samaras 2022

(Available)


Contact:  
email: triadasamaras@gmail.com
cell 917-5586157

En Plein Air in Maine 16: Triada Samaras

 Hello I visited Maine recently where I did several "en plain air" (outdoors on site ) paintings. It was a sheer joy to do these!  These are small, quickly done paintings with acrylic on wood and/or canvas. small size.  I tried to capture the gorgeous light and beauty of the spot.  This type of painting is highly addictive I must say, when one is in a beautiful spot.

triada samaras

Pine Point 16

Acrylic on Wood

11" x 14"

Triada Samaras 2022

(Available)


Contact:  
email: triadasamaras@gmail.com
cell 917-5586157

En Plein Air in Maine 15: Triada Samaras

Hello I visited Maine recently where I did several "en plain air" (outdoors on site ) paintings. It was a sheer joy to do these!  These are small, quickly done paintings with acrylic on wood and/or canvas. small size.  I tried to capture the gorgeous light and beauty of the spot.  This type of painting is highly addictive I must say, when one is in a beautiful spot.

Triada Samaras

Pine Point 15

Acrylic on Wood

8" x 10"

Triada Samaras 2022

(Available)


Contact:  
email: triadasamaras@gmail.com
cell 917-5586157

En Plein Air in Maine 14: Triada Samaras

Hello I visited Maine recently where I did several "en plain air" (outdoors on site ) paintings. It was a sheer joy to do these!  These are small, quickly done paintings with acrylic on wood and/or canvas. small size.  I tried to capture the gorgeous light and beauty of the spot.  This type of painting is highly addictive I must say, when one is in a beautiful spot. 

Triada Samaras

Pine Point 14

Acrylic on Canvas

10" x 8"

Triada Samaras 2022

(Available)


Contact:  
email: triadasamaras@gmail.com
cell 917-5586157