Andrea Tyrimos is a multidisciplinary artist based in London represented by MTArt Agency, she 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.
During the 2021 Covid-19 lockdown, Tyrimos joined the #LightItBlue project, an initiative part of the wider #MakeItBlue campaign in the UK, to encourage people to share their own messages of gratitude and solidarity to the NHS. Created during London’s first lockdown in 2020, Andrea Tyrimos’s painting ‘Sophie’, wanted to elevate key workers to the status they deserve by shining a light on the crucial work they do.
Her work has received critical acclaim, including the 1st Prize in the ING Discerning Eye 2020 exhibition, and several features in publications such as The Guardian, Madame Figaro, Evening Standard and Ability Magazine. Andrea has also been interviewed live on BBC World News, alongside her installations, and was featured on 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
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I’m still fighting , 2016oil paint on canvas with audio recording 130 x 130 cm "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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MTArt Agency is proud to present “Lockdown Stories”, an art installation by Andrea Tyrimos, at St James’s Market Pavilion in collaboration with The Crown Estate to welcome Londoners back to the public realm. The show explores mental health issues and how people coped during the first lockdown. This art exhibition consists of a series of portraits and audio recordings of lockdown stories. You will have the chance to walk by our project and listen to the stories of a range of anonymous people from all backgrounds. In these beautiful stories, from students to an NHS doctor, you will have a glimpse of their daily lives, and how little things such as seeing the “lovely things that the local community have done to support [the NHS]” and “hanging art on walls” have helped them mentally to live lockdown in the most positive way possible. Get involved in the show, more information here.
After our very successful exhibition “Hope Ratio” in June 2020, we partnered up for the second time with UBP in Monaco and created an exhibition called “A Brave New World” with eight MTArt Agency artists. In June 2020, we partnered up with UBP and exhibited for the first time the work of our artists in UBP’s beautiful space in Monaco on the theme of hope and sustainability. Like last year in 2020, our show addresses key topics that MTArt Agency and its artists feel very passionate about. “A Brave New World” tackles the issues and challenges that our world is facing and how as human beings we interact with these and our environment. Here are a few glimpses of our new exhibition featuring artists Asiko, Andrea Tyrimos, Ben Cullen Williams, Elisa Insua, Jesu Moratiel, Leo Caillard, Shana Wilson, Tiffany Bouelle and Claire Luxton. The exhibition is from January 2021 until August 2021. More information here.
Our artist Andrea Tyrimos worked with W1 Curates in London, W1 Curates showcases works from some of the most innovative artists from around the world on their digital screens in the heart of London on Oxford Street. Our artist Andrea Tyrimos joined the #LightItBlue project, it is an initiative that is part of the wider #MakeItBlue campaign in the UK – the campaign encourages people everywhere to share their own messages of gratitude and solidarity to the NHS.Created during London’s first lockdown in 2020, Andrea Tyrimos’s painting “Sophie”, wanted to elevate key workers to the status they deserve by shining a light on the crucial work they do.
Andrea Tyrimos’s artwork is diffused on the screens every Thursday evening from the 4th of February 2021 (end date to be confirmed).
We couldn’t be prouder to announce that our artist Andrea Tyrimos was awarded the 1st Prize in the ING Discerning Eye 2020 exhibition. Selected among more than 600 artists, Andrea Tyrimos won the prize for a masterful oil painting on steel entitled Sui. Born in 1986 and based in London, Andrea Tyrimos explores human relationships and mental health issues through intimate portraits.
We put together a hope-themed art exhibition thanks to Sookspaces with curator Mary Ahearn that celebrates the role that art plays into our lives and our hearts. Featuring Delphine Diallo, Tiffany Bouelle, Amber Vittoria, Asiko, Andrea Tyrimos, David Aiu Servan-Schreiber, Claire Luxton and Léo Caillard.
MTArt artists Andrea Tyrimos and Tiffany Bouelle on the cover of Madame Figaro. For the 40th anniversary of the magazine, art curator David-Herve Boutin has selected 26 artists to be exhibited at an exhibition at the Monnaie de Paris, who will also feature on the cover of Madame Figaro. The auction house Artcurial will lead an auction of the works to benefit Togeth’Her. 26 female and male contemporary artists were given carte blanche to design Madame Figaro’s cover page, featuring a portrait of a woman who has played a role in our modern history and who will continue to passionately promote essential causes in the future.
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