Τhe primary characteristic of Vassilis Selimas’ paintings is the way he handles the notion of time, especially in his more recent works, where the technical adequacy and the clarity of his painting constitute the means of a clearer transmission of the message. Time, whether actual or fictional, contributes to the unique character of his work. But what impresses the spectator is his remarkable realism that, with its extreme credibility, often surpasses the boundaries of the photographic reality itself. The artist is interested in depicting the inner mental condition of his figures, but in order to achieve that, he doesn’t hesitate to make use of an extensively detailed reconstruction of the human body and face, referring to the tradition of Flemish painting and the portraits of Gerhard Richter… Frozen faces, with the same expression, eternally, focused on the present, define the creator’s abilities between the idea and its completion.
Eleni Kypreou, art historian/curator