... It is a dream of flowers and colours that came to my mind when I was listening to Debussy´s “Rêverie” (Dream), colours that celebrate life.
JUTTA LEGIEN- VAYA
1952 born in Gifhorn, Germany
1970 - 1973 Bachelor of Pharmacy, Gifhorn/Braunschweig, Germany
1973 - 1978 Master of Arts in English Literature and Linguistics and Physical Education, Braunschweig; concurrently working as pharmacist’s assistance
1975 - 1976 studies of English literature, Cambridge; assistant teacher for German, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, England
1978 - 2005 high school teacher in Germany and Greece – the last 20 years at the German School of Athens (DSA); youth work in different sport clubs and for the United Nations, organization of the biggest Youth Conference in Greece (DSAMUN); Board of THIMUN, Den Haag (NGO of the United Nations)
2005-2013 continuing a many generations long family tradition: training in different painting techniques with artists in Canada, Germany and Greece, amongst others with Tetsis-scholarEvangelosAthinaios; two years volunteer for Doctors of the World, Athens
2016 solo exhibition “A Dream for Heide – The Colours of Debussy´s “Reverie”,Dionysos, Athens, Greece
2013 solo exhibition “Greece? Greece! Ode to the Colours“Volksbank, Gifhorn, Germany
2013 solo exhibition “Colourful Sounds of Nature “, EnteyktirionEkalis (Rotary Club Dionysos), Athens, Greece
2012 solo exhibition “Ode to the Colours“,Naussa, Paros, Greece
2012 solo exhibition “Ode to the Colours“, Ermoupolis, Syros, Greece
2012 - 2013 solo exhibition “Greece? Greece! Ode to the Colours“ Europa-Center, Berlin, Germany
2006 - 2013 group exhibitions, Athens, Greece, and regular exhibitions in private Gallery Villa Vaya, Athens, Greece, in acrylics, aquarelle, mixed techniques, oil, porcelain painting, German folk art, Islamic Design and Greec Icons, sujets like still life, landscape, portraits and abstract painting.
Works are in private and public collections in Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Sweden, USA; some are book title pages.
With my exhibitions I supported Doctors of the World, the soup kitchen of ProfitisIlias, Rodopoliand the Anti-Cancer Society, Athens.
Music and Painting
Colourful Songs of Nature
A song is sleeping in all things,
As they dream on and on,
And if you find the magic word
The world begins to sing.
Joseph von Eichendorff (1788-1857)
Music has accompanied mankind for thousands of years. With music we express our joy or sorrow, we dance to it and we go to war with it …
There is the music which has been composed, which can be heard by everyone and which everyone can sing. But there is also another kind of music which is inside us, inside all things, which only we can hear and feel. This is the point where poetry, music and painting meet.
Attempts have been made to portray music not only acoustically, but also visually. A whole therapeutic direction is concerned with the connection between music and visual arts which aims at the discovery of the self, at triumph over difficulties, and which wants to help you attain emotional freedom …
Art is the manifestation of the attempt to portray the harmony which is inside everything around us, which is important to us, and which is inside ourselves. The ancient Greeks strove for harmony, religions all over the world strive for harmony. Eichendorff calls this harmony “The Song in all Things”. This song may be in the threatening thunder of the approaching storm or in the roar of the towering waves in a stormy sea, but it may also be in the peaceful evening, in the tiny little flower or in the smile of a child.
To make people aware of this essence of all things, artists use all kinds of ways, often also alienation of generally known standards. Thus, not only Joseph Eichendorff, but every artist hopes that he can pass on the magic word he found, that also others can hear the song …
Some of the pictures of the exhibition were linked to music which has actually been composed and which everyone can hear, others want to show the inner song which – according to Eichendorff – sleeps in everything.
Jutta Legien-Vaya Athens, December 2013