Andrea Tyrimos creates paintings, installations and public art. Her Bipolar Picasso project is a series of immersive art installations, featuring intimate paintings and audio recordings of people who have experience with mental health issues. This body of work is fuelled by personal experience; in addition to working with adults in crisis, the artist has several people close to her with mental health issues, who feel they are unable to be open for fear of being judged by society.
Andrea pushes the boundaries of portraiture, uniquely combining both visual and audio elements, in an attempt to give this invisible illness not only visibility, but also presence. The visitor is confronted with intimate, illuminated oil paintings of both celebrities and members of the public. Alongside each portrait sits an accompanying audio piece, revealing the spoken words and innermost thoughts of the sitter. The visitor becomes fully immersed in a sensory exploration of the mind.
This work has received critical acclaim, resulting in the artist being featured in publications such as The Guardian, Evening Standard and Ability Magazine. Andrea has also been interviewed live on BBC World News, alongside her installations, and was recently filmed for Channel 4 documentary Flawless.
“Rendered in washed out colours, minimalist detail to hair and clothing bringing out their vulnerability through their eyes. I’ve always felt that mental illness is something you wear on your face. Tyrimos has captured that”
– The Guardian
I’m still fighting , 2016oil paint on canvas with audio recording 127 x 127cm "It's overwhelming. Andrea is such a credit with regards to what she's trying to do; reach out to people, and tell these stories through art. The eyes don't lie, the eyes tell a big, deep story and it's a pleasure to be able to see that" - Leon McKenzie
My heart beating , 2016oil paint on canvas with audio recording 127 x 127cm Meet Puneeta, a close friend of the artist, and one of the sitters for this body of work. Her eloquent and moving words describe her struggles with anxiety, with a particular focus on the detrimental effect of social media. Many are able to relate to Puneeta, her honestly and strength shines through; a beautiful addition to this project
Hold my Hand , 2016oil paint on canvas with audio recording 127 x 127cm Gail Porter speaks honestly and from the heart about her experience with Bipolar, being sectioned, and the stigma surrounding mental illness. Wonderfully touching with a splash of humour - an inspiring beauty inside and out.
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