Maria Pierides





Artist statement


In my paintings, I render in colour the stories of the physical and emotional landscapes that formed my experience of being born in Greece and then growing up in England and Cyprus and now living and working in Wales.

The actual process of my painting relates to this theme, as I use mixed media, building up and scraping back areas of paint to capture the atmosphere, mass, and light of the landscapes I am aiming to depict . In the series ‘The Gloaming,’  I explore ways of bringing these landscapes together and play with the similarities and contrasts: How being caught between two time perspectives – the Eastern Mediterranean is two hours ahead of England – two different kinds of light, two different cultures, results in both a feeling of richness and diversity of experience as well as a search for rootedness in the moment and in space.

Dusk and the changes in light between sunset and darkness capture this feeling of ‘homelessness’ and search for ‘home.’ On the other hand, in the plays of light, in exploring ways of translating experiences and representing them in paint on the canvas, there is a liberating beauty too. In the 'Ithaca’ series, inspired by the Greek Poet Konstantinos Kavafis’ poem ‘Ithaca,’ I follow the theme further, exploring different possibilities of rootedness/rootlessness and the riches of the search for home.

My later series, 'Time and Tide’ takes the theme further to a broader exploration of the temporal aspect of human experience and its relationship with nature, and the recent addition of gold leaf and metal in my work is inspired by time spent in Venice, visiting the Biennale, and Byzantine Iconography.

Having recently moved to Wales, with its beautiful and vast landscapes, and living within earshot of a running stream, I continue to render in my work my surrounding environment, along with aspects of personal history, experience, and imagination, poetry and myth. New directions involve collaborations with artists across the artistic spectrum, initiating new ways of thinking about and creating art.


You are more than welcome to visit my studio to see where I work, please contact me to arrange a time.

Based in Glynneath near the famous waterfall country, why not follow up a studio visit with a lovely walk to the stunning waterfalls.


Tel: 01639720158




Feb-March Emerging Artist Art Prize, Creates Gallery, Monmouth

April. Cokayne, Taith Contemporary Arts, Vienna

May 3-June 4th. 'Trichotomic Interactions', Stiwdio 3, Cardigan, Wales

June 29th -14th Sep Ebb and Flow, The Artichoke Gallery, Sussex

June Flux Pop Up, Greenwich Peninsula, London

July, Little Buckland Gallery

July-Present Art5 Gallery, Brighton

July-Present Artsy, Maggio Arts Consultancy

June Art at the Hall, Llangathen, Wales

Aug-Sept. Rivers, Rocks and Ruins, Art at the Hall, Llangathen, Wales

Sept Cornerhouse Gallery, Ammanford, Wales

Oct. Highgate Contemporary, London

Nov. SOLO, Queen Street Gallery, Neath, Wales



Dec London Ultra, Bargehouse, London

Oct 2-7th Muse Gallery, London

Sept-present. Queen Street Gallery, Neath, Wales

Sept. Surf, Sand and Sea, Llangathen, Wales

Sept. Taith Contemporary Arts, PearTree Barn, Suffolk

Aug. Green Fields, the Bridge Home pre-selected for the Royal West Academy of England, Bristol

July. The Other Art Fair, Bristol

May. Flourish Cardiff MADE, Cardiff, Wales

April. Taith Contemporary Arts, Vienna



Winter Wall, Cardiff MADE, Cardiff, Wales

Hearth and Home, Llangathen Temperance Hall, Llangathen, Wales

 Ekphrasis, Between Image and Word, Solo Exhibition, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales

Winter Open, King Street, Carmathan, Wales

Botanics, Art at The Hall, Llangathan, Wales

Art at Waunifor, Maesycrugiau, Wales

Freedom, Free Painters and Sculptors, The Oxo Tower Gallery, London

 Goat Street Gallery, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Summer Open, Ardent Gallery, Brecon, Wales

Summer Open, Oriel Cric, Crickhowell, Wales

Work now showing at Gallery 54, Ross on Wye

Work now showing at West Wales Art Centre, Fishguard, Wales

Winter Exhibition, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales



Nes Draw, Closer to Further Away, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales

Winter Open, Oriel Q, Narbeth, Wales

Small Objects of Desire, King Stret Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales

Winter Exhibition, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales

Beneath the Cliffs, Boundless Seas has been longlisted for the Royal West of England Academy Open Exhbition

Stiwdio Maelor, Corris, Wales

Of Ancient Mountain has been selected for exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth



Dowry has been shortlisted for the East Meets West Art Award.

108 Days in May, St Mary's Church, Faversham

FPS members exhibition, Menier Gallery, London

Ithaca lll, Dowry and Golden Light Aegean Sea have been shortlisted for the British Women Artists Competition

FPS Unfixed, Espacio Gallery, London

I was elected a member of the Free Painters and Sculptors http://www.freepaintersandsculptors...

Bentlif Open Art Prize, Maidstone Museum

The Underwater Dream has been shortlisted for the Bentlif Open Art Prize

I have been offered a residency at stiwdiomaelor in North Wales. I will be there next August 2015



FPS open exhibition  The Menier Gallery, Southwark, London

An Elaborate Dream had been selected for publication in Art has No Borders iArtBook 101 Abstract and Non-Figurative Artworks

EWAAC 2014 La Galleria, Pall Mall, London

The Underwater Dream: Selected Finalist for the East West Art Award Competition. To be included in the exhibition at La Galleria, Pall Mall, London

The Gloaming Creek Creative, Faversham

Time and Tide The Somerset Maughan Gallery, Whistable


2013 The Fish Slab Gallery, Whistable



Ithaca lll was longlisted for the Threadneedle Prize

Journey The Somerset Maughan Gallery, Whitstable

Nucleus Arts, Rochester

Parallax AF Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London



Parallax AF Art Fair, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London

The Deaf Cat, Rochester


2005 The Invited Cinema, Brixton, London


2004 Hotel Zur Post, Ammersee, Bavaria


2002 University of Hertsfordshire end of year exhibition


1999 Central School of Speech and Drama end of year exhibition

Paintings held in Private Collections in the Uk, Ireland and Germany



Ekphrasis: Between Image and Word 2017

Painting 'Port Isaac Golden Light' for the cover of the book of short stories 'The Heart and its Reasons', Pierides, S (Fruit Dove Press, 2014)

Painting and cover design for the award winning poetry book In the Garden of Absence, Pierides, S. (Fruit Dove Press, 2012).

Haiku Society of America Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards 2013 (3rd place, for books published in 2012) (

 'Joy' Bending Light Magazine issue 3 2006

'Yellow' British Journal of Photography 2006