Nicos Nicolaides 1884–1956
REMEMBERING Nicos Nicolaides - Fifty Years Since His Death, is a superb exhibition at the House of Letters and Arts,
Limassol until November 9.
It will transfer to the Laiki Group’s Cultural Centre on the 14th of the month, continuing
until December 4.
As written by Dr Eleni S. Nikita – who opened the Limassol exhibition – and , indeed
has provided the art world with a beautiful book on this great artist, "Nicos Nicolaides was, in essence, a self-taught
His knowledge of art was acquired through the study of Byzantine art, museum exhibits and through
a careful observation of the world around him.
That is why in his better, more mature, moments, his paintings possess
the authenticity of a uniquely idiosyncratic style.
Amongst the selection of paintings acquired for this "Remembering"
exhibition, are works of his beloved Cairo and elsewhere on the Middle East, as well as some remarkable portraits and also
paintings of Cyprus.
Tanimanides at Apocalypse
A BRILLIANT exhibition by an artist from Greece who has made such an impression
here in this decade.
The artist also created the magnificent interior designs for the Central Bank.
In his new work,
Eros meets Power (Structure), as if the twain have always been well met.
Prices very reasonable for such
Open Studios, the original
"OPEN Studios", the unique visual arts festival of the capital, has reopened its doors
for 10 days.
Greek and Turkish Cypriot artists welcome the public into their studios.
Visit them and get a real taste
of the world of art and the old town of Nicosia.
How great to find this most positive of exhibitions still going on Saturday,
November 4 & 11. A walking tour into the Cypriot artists’ studios with the artist Nicholas Panayi. Starting point
Kyrenia Municipality Building, near Ledra Palace.
Friday, November 3 & 10, 5pm–7pm. Walking tours into the artists’
studios. Starting points from Eleftheria Square and Saray Square.
Saturday, November 4, 7pm-midnight. An experimental-artistic
street event entitled ‘Biogenetic Mechanico - Of Ruinous Blast’ will happen at the Anexitilon art &
design studio of the artist Savvas Koureas. The purpose of the event will be the presentation of the avant- garde and cross-active
artistic work of the artist, with the aid of live underground electronic music, and multimedia.
5, 7pm. Presentation-lecture by two artists at the Goethe Institute, part of the Art-Aware Pogramme. Artists:
Sofia Hadjipapa and Osman Kelen.
Monday, November 6, 8pm-10pm. Opening night of exhibition (6-13/11) by German
artist Horst Weierstall A video installation entitled "close distance," informed and inspired by the multi-cultural situation
and emigrants of Cyprus. It includes a range of videos made in collaboration with the Iranian theatre director Hooman Shabahang.
On opening and closing night there will be a solo performance under the title "Cocoon" with the actress Narges Abdi, also
Sunday, November 12 , 7.30pm-10pm.
Final party at the Arabahmet Cultural Centre in the Turkish Cypriot
quarter where artists will show and talk about their wok.
Maps are available at a kiosk in Eleftheria Square and
Saray Square, the CTO office in Laiki Yitonia, and at the office of EKATE, 7 Achilleos Street, tel 22 466426.
information: Organiser Argyro Toumazou 99 317278.
A total of 22 artists are participating: Efi Andrianou, Stella Angelidou, Adi Atassi, Martin Meason, Ayhatun Atesin, Lia
Boyiatzi, Sevcan Cerkez, Sinem Ertaner, Andreas Charalambous, Christos Christou, Pola Hadjipapa-McCammon, Angela Evangelou,
Panayiotis Gregoriou, Nilgun Guney, Koula Kalvari, Stefanos Karampampas, Eleni Povi-Karavioti, Osman Ketan, Savvas Koureas,
Fatos Miralay, Nicholas Panayi, Toprak, Maria Vasileou, Maria Yiannoura, Munevver Tantura.
LAST day for the joint Votsis/Paraschos exhibition at Gallery Morphi, Limassol.
been Vincent and Paul, Francis and Lucian, Andy W and Basquith, David and Goliath!
Well, in this enigmatic show, Stelios
Votsis has done the drawings while Stass Paraschos has filled in with colour and it is the right way round. It works –
for a while.
I’m getting tired of those haloes.
Press release from Alpha Gallery
ALPHA Gallery has a show by the American artist Juan Carlos Valencia.
entitled Instant Chromatics and opened on Wednesday.
The exhibition is organised in association with the Hellenic American
Union in Greece and is taking place on the occasion of the opening of the Hellenic America Union’s branch in Cyprus.
Among the organisation’s aims is to increase the cultural exchanges between Cyprus, Greece and the United States.
Carlos Valencia was born in 1971.
In 1989 he began his studies in art and fashion at the Institute of Design and Merchandising
in Los Angeles.
He continued his studies in 1993 in painting and sculpture at the Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris.
In 1995, he entered the studio of the Greek sculptor Aristides Patsoglou, in Paris, and participated in a number of projects.
He has exhibited his work in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe.
The paintings of
Juan Carlos Valencia are characterised by his choice of a neo-pop idiom, since the artist relies on the appropriation of the
style and the "second hand" imagery familiar to us from pop art.
The themes of Valencia’s sculptures are animals,
primarily dogs and birds, which are portrayed as symbols of strength, freedom and liveliness.
Sensual female forms,
shown via selected detail of the focus of their sexuality – lips, nipples, limbs – women smokers, threatening
revolvers, forms engaged in dialogue with animals, these are what make up the primary thematic areas of Valencia’s painting.
These themes seem, in turn, to spring from the customary domains of pop art: advertising, comic strips, and cinema.
and lively colours create the central motive against a white canvas background, untreated and devoid of any other clues,
while drops and clusters of spots produce an illusion of movement, swinging to and fro against a level backdrop.
November 11, corner of Makarios Ave and Papanicola Street, Nicosia (Hilton area).
Opening hours are Monday –Saturday
Pebbles and Puddles
KEITH Walker shows his latest work at Forza 9 Gallery in Polis Chrysochous.
The opening is on
Friday, November 10 and the exhibition will run for two weeks until November 24.
Keith Walker’s latest project is
called "Pebbles and Puddles".
Inspired by beach pebbles and mine pools found in the Polis Chrysochous area, the artist
created a series of mixed media works executed in an abstract expressive style.
About his work the artist states: "Collecting
pebbles, minerals and fossils has been an interest since childhood. Their shapes, colours, patterns, texture and form give
continuing pleasure and readily translate into compositions in paint.
"Certain qualities will dominate and
determine the approach, with the composition being built up in layers allowing chance elements to inform further development.
the reflective qualities and translucency of water give wonderful opportunities for playing and experimenting with the process"
Walker has lived in Cyprus for almost 20 years.
Three years ago, he retired from full-time art teaching to open his own
gallery in Lasa village near Phyti in the Paphos district.
His work ranges from abstract oil and mixed media paintings
to nude studies in pastel, chalk and charcoal.
He was one of the 43 artists taking part in last September’s Open
Studios (in the Paphos District) and had had exhibitions in Cyprus at Paradise Place in Pomos, the Art & Wild Nature Foundation
Gallery in Kallepia, En Plo in Paphos Harbour, Techni Art School in Paphos and recently in Art Gallery Kinotos 3000
Forza Gallery opened its doors this spring in the heart of Polis Chrysochos aiming to create a cultural platform
where innovative artists can present their work to local and foreign residents, tourists and – through digital media
– to other galleries and cultural centres in Cyprus and abroad.
The interaction that results from exhibiting
their work will help artists to further expand their scope and the audience has a chance to experience the diverse,
trend-setting and creative activities of the cultural scene in Cyprus.
Forza is open everyday from 10am-2pm and 5pm-8pm.
Paschalis Anastasi at Diachroniki Gallery
PASCHALIS studied art and design in England at Loughborough College
A frequent visitor to galleries in London, Paris and Florence, he has worked for many years as a portrait artist,
a discipline that earned him an exceptional mastery of drawing.
Diachroniki Gallery is almost opposite Debenhams, just
off Ledra Street, Nicosia.
Continuing until November 28.
More and more openings.
SHORT sessions for shows as if all our art is going out of style.
The rush is rather frightening
for artists who have spent weeks in their studios getting to grips with meaningful work. Anastasia Chrysanthou‘s exhibition
was opened by Andreas Ladommatos at Opus 39 earlier in the week but closes on the 11th of the month.
appears to be on his top form at Gallery Argo, continuing until. November 18.
exhibits at Gloria’s from today. Hurry.
Excellent exhibition of figurative paintings by Savvas Georgiades
continues at C.K. Art Gallery. Also with Alexandrakis Alexandraki (1913- 1969) at Gallery k.
It is close to
Guy Fawkes Day, but Evangelia Koymidou has her Christmas exhibition soon, November 10 –12 at Hilton Park Hotel.
More next week.
Could this page have more information on the sculpture exhibition at Ayia Varvara please?
some very good conceptual bits and pieces if you search individual studios.
News on this (the pieces belong
to each other) later in the month.