Symeon lives in Canada. He goes on pilgrimage collecting local-colour earths, works in his studio creating colourful pigments, and makes art.
I’ve wanted to visit the Kootenay Paint Pots since I first read about them a decade ago—and last week I did! Since a conference at the Banff Art Centre was bringing me to Alberta, I took the opportunity to cross into Kootenay National Park, and visit the Paint Pots on three different occasions. Arriving in Calgary early in the … Read more
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“[Symeon’s] unique style of art truly signifies how beautiful Canada is.” —Ms. Nicole Dupuis, Parks Canada.
Contextualizing the local colours I collect through art objects, collections, and diagrams allows me to share them as something more than their earthy materials. These works aim to open an experience of earth colour within the realm of the sacred—drawing from the experience of orthodox iconography and the stories embedded in the hieroglyphs of the First Nation Peoples. In this, the colours are understood to be revelational, and remains stylistically dominant in the work created.