Stella Kapezanou's vibrant and tropical paintings that pay homage to the high life

'From Heavens With Love'. 2016 Oil and acrylic on canvas. 200 x 300 cm (diptych)

Greek artist Stella Kapezanou has something of an obsession for the high life. Her lavish use of bold, pop art colour and contrast, set against pleasure-seeking scenes, make her paintings opulent and optimistic in their tone. Beaches, palm trees, blue skies and rich floral motifs are often the backdrop to her arresting artworks.

"The contrast between the stylised, high impact representation of the setting and the ordinary people participating in the western consumer dream, represent a powerful commentary on western society and its social fabric," explains Palm Tree Gallery, where an exhibition of Stella's latest work, From Heavens With Love, will go on show throughout March.

A graduate of the Athens School of Fine Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Stella has also gained an MA in Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts, London. She is the recipient of the Clyde & Co Emerging Star Award, 2017 and in the same year she was shortlisted for The Solo Show and secured the Frank Bowling Scholarship, 2017.

Stella Kapezanou's From Heavens With Love will run from 1 - 31 March at Palm Tree Gallery in London. Find out more at palmtreegallery.com.

'Spots In Heavens'. 2016 Acrylics on canvas. 50 x 50 cm

'Spots In Heavens'. 2016 Acrylics on canvas. 50 x 50 cm

'Untitled'. 2016 Oil on canvas. 50 x 50 cm

'Untitled'. 2016 Oil on canvas. 50 x 50 cm

'Daydreaming'. 2015 Acrylics on canvas. 70 x 100 cm

'Daydreaming'. 2015 Acrylics on canvas. 70 x 100 cm

'Untitled'. 2014 Oil and acrylics on linen. 120 x 150 cm

'Untitled'. 2014 Oil and acrylics on linen. 120 x 150 cm