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Martha Zmpounou

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"The figure becomes a platform where identities are hidden and revealed."

Martha Zmpounou is a Greek visual artist based in London. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Aristotle University in Greece as well as masters in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art, London. Since university, Zmpounou has committed herself to being a full time artist, further teaching the subject in the UK.

Connection Through Distortion

Zmpounou’s artworks largely focus on the human form however, instead of producing the figure as one sole entity, she combines visuals together that are structured as fragmented independent pieces. Once these images are combined, they consolidate to portray one individual. In spite of this, the work remains to have an essence of being unfinished.   The white canvas background emphasises this further, encouraging the viewer to focus more on the incomplete areas, bridging these gaps according to their own perception of Zmpounou’s art.

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Adapting to Spontaneity

Zmpounou’s artistic process involves cutting and reassembling images (drawings, sketchings and fragments of textures) to produce a whole new visual image. She does not have a fixed vision of her end product; it is rather constantly subject to change. The images are edited and manipulated to portray a narrative about the human figure in focus.   

International Acclamation

Post University, Martha Zmpounou has exhibited on a wide global scale. Nationally, she has taken part in shows including: the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Discerning Eye and the Lynn Painter-Stainer prize. Further, she has collaborated with companies such as Nike, Phillip Morris and UAL.

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Individuals

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Credentials

Prizes

  • 2017
    Ashust Emerging Artist Award - Nominated– London, United Kingdom
  • 2015
    Jerwood Drawing Prize - Nominated– London, United Kingdom
  • 2014
    Secret Art Prize - Nominated– London, United Kingdom
  • 2014
    EWAAC Art Award for excellence in Drawing - Winner– London, United Kingdom
  • 2014
    Aesthetica Art Prize - Nominated– London, United Kingdom
  • 2014
    Aesthetica Art Prize - Nominated– London, United Kingdom
  • 2013
    Aesthetica Art Prize - Nominated– London, United Kingdom
  • 2012
    Aesthetica Art Prize - Nominated– London, United Kingdom
  • 2011
    The De Laszlo Foundation Award for Portraiture- Winner– London, United Kingdom

Group exhibitions

  • 2017
    National Open Art Competition / Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf Southbank London – London, United Kingdom
  • 2017
    Ashust Emerging Artist Award / Ashust – London, United Kingdom
  • 2017
    Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters Annual Exhibition / Mall Galleries – London, United Kingdom
  • 2012
    The Threadneedle Exhibition / Mall Galleries – London, United Kingdom
  • 2012
    The Discerning Eye Exhibition / Mall Galleries – London, United Kingdom
  • 2012
    Modern Panic III / Apiary Studios – London, United Kingdom
  • 2011
    The Royal Society of Portrait Painters / Mall Galleries – London, United Kingdom
  • 2011
    Images 35, Association of Illustration / Bankside Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • 2011
    Xhibit 2011 / Core Gallery – London, United Kingdom

Solo exhibitions

  • 2015
    Jerwood Drawing Prize / Jerwood Space – London, United Kingdom
  • 2015
    Martha Zmpounou Solo Exhibition / Zina Athanassiadou Gallery – Thessaloniki, Greece

Publications

  • 2017
    Create Magazine, Issue V– Create Magazine, Issue V
  • 2017
    ArtMaze Magazine, Issue #3– ArtMaze Magazine, Issue #3
  • 2015
    Jerwood Drawing Prize– Catalogue
  • 2014
    The State of Art - Representational & Abstract #2– The State of Art - Representational & Abstract #2
  • 2014
    Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 - 100 Contemporary Artists, Aesthetica Magazine LTD– Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 - 100 Contemporary Artists, Aesthetica Magazine LTD
  • 2014
    Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 - 100 Contemporary Artists, Aesthetica Magazine LTD– Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 - 100 Contemporary Artists, Aesthetica Magazine LTD
  • 2013
    Aesthetica Art Prize 2013 - 100 Contemporary Artists - Aesthetica Magazine Ltd– Aesthetica Art Prize 2013 - 100 Contemporary Artists - Aesthetica Magazine Ltd
  • 2011
    Images 35 - Best of British Illustration, The Association of Illustrators– Images 35 - Best of British Illustration, The Association of Illustrators
  • 2009
    Athens Voice, September 2009, Issue 269– Bad Girs Don’t Go to Heaven, REMAP2
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