George Raftopoulos Painter
George Raftopoulos is a widely celebrated Australian artist. Inspired by his upbringing as the son of Greek migrants in rural New South Wales, his work deals with existential questions of conformity and cultural identity. His playful subversion of colonial military figures challenges deeply embedded cultural narratives: by stripping back and tarnishing these silhouettes, he encourages his audience to question the truth of their collective and individual heritage. The focus on distorted, ambiguous figures raises questions regarding ongoing notions of trespass and belonging, exploring how these relate to our view of the past. Fierce brushstrokes combined with delicate mark-making reflects the complexity within Raftopoulos’s work and how great artwork, along with our worldview, is the sum of all its parts.