Born 1979, Larnaca, Cyprus. A British Greek-Cypriot artist currently based in Ascot, United Kingdom. Elizabeth gravitates to all things linear, enjoying systems and canons to create new methodologies often leading to repetitive processes. This may have something to do with Elizabeth’s upbringing in which she grew up learning the Piano and even went on to obtain Trinity’s Performance Certificate in Solo Piano. Learning to play classic pieces by Bach, Mozart and Chopin defined Elizabeth’s search for order, structure and balance within her visual art. Furthermore, playing an instrument in itself takes perseverance and a lot of practice or repetition.
At the age of 14 Elizabeth took art lessons by Greek-Cypriot artist Petros Ptohopoulos whilst living in Cyprus with her family for a few years. In Ptohopoulos’s studio, Elizabeth was taught traditional drawing techniques like copying using the grid system and using a plumb line as a measuring tool to draw Ancient Greek busts. Here also, Elizabeth was exposed to systems, developing her eye for detail and perfection.
Elizabeth’s family returned to the UK in 1996 and she pursued her interest in art going on to study at Central Saint Martins, Camberwell College of Art and finally The Slade for her MA. Under the tutorship of Angela Eames, then BA Drawing course leader at Camberwell, Elizabeth found a way to finally combine her love for both art and music whilst investigating what the practice of Drawing, in its own right, really was. She started looking at how drawing could represent sound and how sound could then be portrayed as a drawing. This is integral to Elizabeth’s practice where she creates work that could be referred to as ‘Drawing Sound’ or ‘Drawing Music’.
After her studies, Elizabeth moved to Belgium to start a new life with her fellow artist partner. Unfortunately, creating art could not sustain her financially and she followed a career in teaching mostly English and later developed Art classes too. She also started oil painting again due to demand and developed her representational style of which you can see examples on Elizabeth’s website. However, Elizabeth was still yearning the conceptual side of her art practice that she had started years ago and felt the pull to pick up where she had left off. After fourteen years in Brussels, married with children now, Elizabeth has recently returned to England and is enjoying readdressing Drawing Music.