Heritage Meets Modern by Ioannis Kadras explores the artist’s search for a unique style that integrates traditional, classical art of the Italian masters with inspiration drawn from Middle Eastern culture, art, Arabic calligraphy, and architecture.
In this exhibition, the artist searched for a different and monumental approach, influenced by the works of Michelangelo, the modern world, and the traditions of the Middle East. He wanted to convey the freshness and a new understanding of the plasticity of the human body, with inspiration from the old masters of classical art through the prism of the modern world with all its rapidly changing vectors of time.
Ioannis Kadras’ pursuit for the new created an abstract figurative style that allows the artist to express raw emotion and feeling without focusing on the details. The artist’s use of unusual techniques and choice of sustainable materials accentuates the need to consider our surrounding nature, bringing awareness to the current global climate change and the effects on the environment.
The artworks in this series portray silhouettes and hints of figures driven into a small space that symbolizes the modern world surrounding them and depicts the life of a modernized person in a metropolis. The composition emphasizes the concept of the restrictions and surveillance placed upon a person in our fast-paced world full of rapidly changing views and events. On a contrasting note, it highlights the hope of a person’s seclusion in a personal space where the thoughts and feelings belong only to that person.