Finding inspiration in nature, the animal kingdom, Ancient Greece and mythology, Spiros Contoulis began creating sculptures, with a focused interest in horses, using found objects – such as: drift wood, dried bones, plastics, cords and ropes, all of which he uncovered along different sea shores. Contoulis is interested in composing his works also by using recyclable materials – mainly metals, and, on occasion his work is solely comprised from what society trashes, finds timeworn, unwanted and unnecessary.
His work has been exhibited in various locations throughout Greece, and can be found in private and public collections internationally.
Contoulis was born in Larissa, Greece in 1971.
He studied physiotherapy, and has lately started studying at the Hellenic Open University in the department of European Culture.
He currently resides and works in Greece.
My work is an examination of the different forms of found objects, and the thinking that lies behind it. I use domestic objects as the common denominators of our personal environment such as: drift wood, dried bones, plastics, cords and ropes, altering them is a way of questioning the attitudes, fears and unwritten rules which have formed that environment and our behavior within it.”