Marriage of carving to naOve culture
THE Young Engravers 2005 -2006 exhibition, originally organised in
Athens by the Etaireia Eikastikon Technon A. Tassos, aiming at presenting the new tendencies in the art of engraving, is being
hosted here in Limassol by the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts, E K A T E at the Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Limassol
until the 17th of the month.
On Thursday, December 14th at 19.30 there will be a lecture by Hambis Tsangaris
at the Lanitis Centre entitled "The marriage of carving to naOve culture". A documentary on the work of the artist will follow,
entitled "Hambis’ Fairytales".
Meanwhile, Hambis’ book launch and exhibition of silk screens from
his Kalikangiari – Cypriot Tales continues until 10 January at Kypriaki Gonia, Larnaca.
Hambis was born
in Kondea, Cyprus, in 1947.
He writes in his book:
" When I was 24, I was fortunate to have met the engraver A.Tassos.
He later invited me to join him at his workshop, where he tutored me in my first lessons in engraving, especially in woodcutting.
His invitation and special attention influenced and determined my future steps in art. From the age of 25 until 35, I studied
graphic arts at the Surikov Institute of Moscow, paying special attention in linocut and woodcutting"
"Every year, since
1995, during the whole month of August, I offer at Plataniskia free tuition in the art of linocut to anyone who is interested.
This is in memory of my great tutor, A. Tassos, who offered the same thing to me."
New collective formed
GROUP of 10 artists all living and working in Limassol have formed ‘Cinema#1,’ a new collective.
collective identity derives from the differing styles and media employed by the creative individuals that make up the group,
therefore developing a new visual language through the hybridisation of diversity.
The Geoff May Studio will be hosting
‘Cinema#1’s’ anticipated debut exhibition this December, a selection of work from six members of the collective,
Louis Begernie, Michael Dettmer, Kelly Norman, Katie Sabry, Mike Turner and Raymond Wilson, will be introducing ‘Cinema#1’
and their exciting new approach to visual art as a hybrid of mediums, cultures and experiences to Limassol.
opening on December 13, is an introduction to some of the individuals within the collective and the group as a whole, becoming
a preface to anticipated future ‘cinema#1’ exhibitions and events.
Cinema#1 is at The Geoff May Studio,
9b Enosesos Street, Limassol.
Opening on Wednesday, December 13, 7.30pm, the exhibition will run for one week, daily from
10am to 1pm and 4pm to 7 pm for more information contact Kelly on 99904710.
More on Lemba
A CHRISTMAS exhibition takes place at the Cyprus College of Art from December 14, at
7pm until January 6.
Stass Paraskos, who founded the Cyprus College of Art in 1951, has exhibited and taught internationally
and has been (still is, of course) a great inspiration to his students.
Past graduates and resident artists include many
famous names such as Rachael Whiteread, Terry Frost and Euan Uglow.
The work from this year’s post-graduates covers
a wide range of media focusing on painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, multi-media and installation. The simple environment
of Cyprus College of Art allows total freedom of expression and a new way for each artist to progress within their wok.
Christmas show will give the public the opportunity to view each postgraduates students’ work. All are welcome to join
everyone at 7pm on the opening night, December 14, where artists and tutors alike will be pleased to talk about their work.
The show will run over the Christmas period until January 6.
Although joined by a common theme of exploring the abundance
of nature, culture, history and social structures of Cyprus, these artists come from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
An Edinburgh College of Art graduate, Caroline Hepburne-Scott, spent two months last year at the Aboriginal Art Centre
near Alice Springs in Australia.
Her present paintings deal with the natural environment concentrating on the fragile
and transitory elements of the landscape.
In the same vein Welsh born Alys Owen also finds inspiration for her work in
Her tactile and seductive 2D drawings and 3D forms draw the viewer in yet at the same time are slightly daunting
Cary Wilson observes natural sculptural forms, balancing drawing with painting and finding spatial, linear
and colour relationships.
Animator and photographer Jennifer Kilgour is also a graduate from Edinburgh College of Art,
and is utilising and exploring her Fine Art practice in drawing and painting, specialising in figurative subjects.
number of artists are inspired by the body: Sarah Misselbrook draws from skeletal forms and sensual structures, providing
a base for comments on issues surrounding consumption, femininity and feminism.
Similarly, Canadian born printmaker Eve
Kemp is exploring painting and drawing, drawings that combine the female form with sensitive observational studies of Cypriot
flowers, whilst Graham Loder’s subject is body posture, gesture and position. His drawing, painting and photography
combine rock formations and body forms into painted Cyprus landscapes.
As the exhibition continues until January 6, the
Arts Page will inform readers on other exhibitors during the next weeks
The Limassol Studios, too, are having a Christmas
exhibition. This will open on Tuesday December 12.
The Cyprus College of Art Limassol Studios is at 19, Makedonias Street,
off Eleftherias Street, Limassol just behind Limassol castle.
Another Christmas exhibition
THE Gallery k show opened last Saturday and continues until January 6.
This exhibition includes works by well-known
artists, jewellery and art objects
Alexandros Alexandrakis. An artist of international repute, who became famous through
his war drawings. Most of his work shows a propensity for the minimal line. Some works have been reduced almost to the point
of abstraction, for the sake of design aesthetics
Stathis Vatanides. Vatanides’ work is distinguished by his
special love for the human figure. The female figure, naked or casually dressed, voluptuous, sensual and, at the same time,
fragile, in a state of clear but also controllable sensuality.
Aristotelis. He chose
to concentrate on the highly traditional field of landscapes, but like others before him, such as Cezanne, he has something
entirely fresh and new to bring to the genre. Revisiting Cubism, he incorporates bold expressionistic strokes of brush
and palette knife to celebrate the Cypriot landscape and the Mediterranean Sea.
Mattheos Christou. The form in Mattheos’
paintings capture a fraction of the essence of our time. Their rich, sensitive world can be seen through the serene and peaceful
curved lines of the motional realm.
Alexandros Vayianos. The main subjects of his work are portraits and the human figure
in general. The individual and his/her different emotional states influence and inspire the artist.
Eleanora focuses on the creation of a discrete balanced surface. The refined colour, in relation to the repeated pattern,
is the basis of her work.
Louciana Papadopoulou. Louciana creates female figures with movement and transparency. She is
concerned with the subject matters of meditation, memory and eroticism.
Konstantinos Kyrtis. Kyrtis attempts to get beneath
the skin of the physical form he paints. For this reason he manages to present human figures that are more complex and with
more psychological depth than they first appear to have.
Toula Mala. This already established artist won her public by
choosing to present the voluptuous and sensual female figure as her main subject matter for her sculpture. Her female figures
are alive with sensuality and boldness.
Joanna Malgorzata. Joanna works with clay and her main subject is the human figure
- a human figure which is full of optimism and love.
Also designer jewellery by Marianna Anastasiou and Christiana
Merki Sika and objects designed by Uri Geller in aluminium, bronze, porcelain, glass and crystal 20% of the sales will be
donated to Alkonides registered charity.
Yet other Christmas exhibitions
OTHER galleries, too, are having Christmas shows.
Kypriaki Gonia, Larnaca has a large
number of small works by many, many artists.
There are well-known artists from Cyprus and Greece, some outstandingly good
artists from the UK, too. This gallery will surely need an extension soon.
The Christmas mixed opens on Wedneday 13th.
has an exhibition of smaller works the very next day on Thursday, December 14. Of course there is the huge and drawn
out AUCTION at Gallery k... Some of these works have starting prices of ten thousand pounds. My bet is on
the Christofouros Savva drawing of a nude – no, I didn’t pose for it.
Diachroniki Gallery Ledras (opposite
Debenhams) and Laiki Yitonia, Nicosia as well as Arch. Makarios Avenue 31, Dhali, have large amounts of
wonderful paintings - strong on Cypriot imagery.
Maki Chrysa Somakou is exhibiting collage and ceramics at Technis Dromena
Gallery, Strovolos. Anastassiou also has ceramics at Theatro Ena.
SKEVI Afantiti invites you to the presentation of her new collection of jewellery, tonight Friday, December
8, at 6pm.at 3e Amaldas Street, Nicosia, Tel 22761655.
This wonderful collection continues until December
15. Opening hours: Saturday to Friday 9.301pm and 3pm-8pm.
Skevi titles her work “Balance”.
Very, very special
ANASTASSIA Nicolaou, now at Forza 9 Gallery, Polis Chrysochos, sends in her poetic comment
on her art.
Progress made between the knowing,
Freedom lost in the quiet power,
Loose mouths spilling
Into mindless fluid
Loosing human potential.
THE Opus 39 exhibition of paintings by Christos Christou opened last Monday, which is after this page
goes to bed.
So more next week on this dynamic artist with Paris (and Paphian) connections.
Helene Black at Diatopos
The Secrets I Am Telling Are Yours
The title of this exhibition may hold THE SECRET to the finely executed art on display
but actually its not essential.
Each work can be taken on its own.
And do they vary?
If you jump headlong
into Nos 6 and 7 you may wonder why the artist does not pursue the strong themes suggested: bodies (male), like crosses (actually
nearby there is a real silver lady carrying a whole burden of them up in the air), then across the gallery what looks like
a very well looked after collection of school books.
These books are extraordinarily normal, don’t deserve the expensive
packaging and are hardly adult.
But the "men" in No 7 bathed in silver (armour) evoke control and power. Next
to No 7 called “Strange Bedfellows” is an image which could be rows and rows of little tits breasting
out of squashed, crumpled black plastic.
This one, No 6 is called “Suburban touch”.
Nos 6 and 7 are so
good and so good together in a mysterious way that when you go downstairs you somehow expect a connection. But there isn’t.
Or is there?
Downstairs is a brilliant video of a man fluttering like a trapped canary down a coal mine. Or is it that
very well known "open air" prison hitting the headlines nearly everyday?