George Tourlas

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George Tourlas (b.1979) lives and works in Athens, Greece. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts, having attended the workshop of Rena Papaspyrou, and completed a Master’s Degree in Digital Art Forms at the same university.

He has presented his work in numerous group exhibitions internationally and has held many publications and special projects. 

Tourlas's work is based on the concept of biological and social evolution through decay. Mutilated characters, potential protagonists of body horror movies, dissolve in front of the observer's eyes. In his creative practice he combines different mediums, such as acrylics, charcoal and colored pencils on paper. He also often includes digital design, collage, sculpture and silkscreen printing in his interpretations of the human body.

In his work, macabre and grotesque portraits are depicted in a deconstructed and disfigured state; scarecrow-like people with mutant anatomies and parasite-infected skin. Disoriented caricatures of zombified figures emerge through unpredictable combinations of various elements. Internal organs are being watched, while they merge with external anatomical features. Fragments of well-groomed hair, polished nails, decaying flesh, bodily fluids and bowels, broken bones, crustaceans, horns and tentacles assemble constructions of exquisite corpse drawings. 

Deriving from the ecology of fear, he interrelates social structures with the biological dynamics of the predator-prey-parasite system. George Tourlas combines elements from the body horror or biological horror genre and creates images where the lines between desire, pleasure and disgust are blurred. "Welcome to the worst nightmare of all, reality."