ARTS, By Glyn Hughes
Two painters, one sculptor in a meeting
Are these too the vital founders of Cypriot contemporary art?
Geoffrey Rigden, Neil Stephens.
Works of paintings and sculptures.
At Apocalypse Gallery, Nicosia until 2nd June.
hopefully, next week.
JENNIFER HARDING was born in 1956 in Fordingbridge, Hampshire.
She studied at Salisbury College
of Art and then at Canterbury College of Art where Stass Paraskos was head of the Painting Department. She completed the post-graduate
diploma course in Paphos in 1979.
In 1983, she was awarded a Scholarship by the Greek Ministry of Education and spent a
year working independently in the sculpture studios at the School of Fine Art in Athens.
She has worked part-time at the
National Theatre, London, at the Museum of London, at the British Institute of Archaeology, Ankara, Turkey. More recently
she has held part-time posts in academic libraries including the London School of Economics and the Royal College of Art.
Harding has participated in many studio exhibitions in London, and in group exhibitions such as 1978 Stowells Trophy
Exhibition, London, 1979. The British Council, Nicosia, 1983 John Moores 13, Liverpool, 1985 Whitechapel Open, London, 1990
‘British Travelers in Greece’, Fine Art Society, London (organised by the Embassy of Greece), 2002 John Moores
Solo exhibitions have included 1984 The British Council, Athens (supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture
and Sciences) and 2000 the Hellenic Centre, London, showing ‘Landscapes of Paphos’ accompanying ‘Cyprus
the Holy Island’ exhibition of icons.
She is currently engaged in writing a study of the work of Costas Economou.
RIGDEN was born in Cheltenham, Gloucester in 1943 and studied at Somerset College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London
1963-66. For many years he was a Visiting Lecturer at universities and colleges throughout the UK, including Reading University,
Winchester School of Art, St Martins School of Art and Chelsea School of Art, London.
He has taken part in innumerable
group exhibitions such as 1965 John Moores, Liverpool (prizewinner), 1977 Tolly Cobbold (prizewinner) 1979 ‘Summer Show
2’, Serpentine Gallery, London, 1980,82 Hayward Annual, London, 1988 ‘Paintings from the collection of Sir
Anthony Caro’, Oxford, 1996 ‘Delight - Six Painters’, University of Manchester, 2001 ‘British Abstract
Painting’, Flowers East Gallery, London, 2002 ‘Art Crazy Nation’, Milton Keynes Gallery, 2002 John Moores
His solo shows have included in 1982 Spacex Gallery, Exeter, 1983 Air Gallery, London, 1988,90,93,95
Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London, 2001 Cross Street Gallery, London.
In 1979 and 1982 he was awarded a grant from Greater
London Arts, in 1983 from the Elephant Trust, London and in 1996 from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, New York.
NEIL STEPHENS: "Growing up in post industrial South Wales and working in different factories doing normal tasks has
been a great influence on my artwork since beginning at college in 1990.
Since graduating on the postgraduate course in
Lemba in 1996 my career as a sculptor has involved working for sculptors such as Prof. John Gibbons and Sir Anthony Caro as
well as being a tutor for Stass Paraskos at the Cyprus College of Art. The work that is showing at the Apocalypse Gallery
is a culmination of these experiences since the beginning of my time as an artist.
“The art works are my personal
responses to my background and sensitivities top the beautiful but poignant experiences of living in a community where redundancy
was always in the shadows. These works through the pared down structures, almost skeletal, with faded colour try to reflect
memories of seeing and feeling."
July 2006 "New Work", Cyprus College of Art, Paphos, Cyprus
2004 "The Comfort of Repetition", The Queens Hall Gallery, Narberth, West Wales.
October 2003 "Sculpture and Drawings",
The Nevil Gallery, Llanelli, Wales.
April 2002 " Brinley Neil Stephens, New Sculpture" Cyprus College of Art, Paphos,
September 1997 "Work from Moor Lane", Montage Gallery, Castleton,North Yorkshire.
October 1997. "Captured Moments",
Cypus Collegeof Art, Paphos, Cyprus.
May 1996, ‘Drawing Exhibition". Grape Lane Cafe, Whitby, North Yorkshire.
seven international group exhibitions including "Rundgang", The Kunstakadamie, Dusseldorf, Germany. Also 11 group shows
Awards: Leonardo de Vinci, Welsh Arts Council, Middlesborough open (1st prize winner). The Principal’s
Prize, Winchester School of Art. Southern Power Tools Arts Prize. R.K. Burt Prize for Drawing, D E H Pratt Trust Award.
Alex Gordon Partnership Award.
Artalks is on at Castelliotissa Hall, Paphos Gate, Old Nicosia on Saturday.
This remarkable programme of seminars
and art events continues throughout May.
All events are free of charge and will continue in autumn. For further details
please contact Artalk Ltd, Tel + 357 22 438264
This Saturday, May 19th: One Day With Omada Ergasias. "Nicosia Architectural
Meeting at 10:00am at the Municipal Marke, Old Town Hall Square. The day includes a walking tour through Cypriot
modernist architectural vernacular, a visit to Aspelia Court and guided bus tour to Las Vegas, Nevada, Nicosia.
tea and discussion with members of Omada Ergasias at Castelliotissa Hall.
The day’s events come to an open-ended
finale with two Laptops and a Bow Tie:
Party and Enclosed Urban Flaneury at new Division Bar.
Feel free to join the
event at any time throughout the day.
For full details of locations and timetable please contact
Tuesday May 22
8:00pm Re-writing the city. The grammar of resistance.
A film presentation by Floria
Waldvogel (Curator with Witte de With, Holland)
Will include Bennett Miller’s ‘The Cruise" and Bill Siegel
and Sam Green’s "The Weather Underground"
Venue: The Weaving Mill, 67-71 Lefkonos str. Phaneromeni, Old Nicosia.
8:00 pm Launch of the publication "Thinking the City"
Presentation by Peter Loizos.
Contributors to the publication
include David Officer, Abdi Narges, Christos Hadjichristos, Omada Couta, Haris Pellapaisiotis, Anri Sala, Anton Vidokle,
Raven75, Mark Bill, Claudia Wegener, Yiouli Taki, Christina Lambrou, Rana Zincir Celal, CALL#192, Peter Loizos and Alexandra
Venue: Castelliotissa Hall, Paphos Gate, Old Nicosia.
Keep Saturday, May 26 free too.
*Scape Views (on paper) by Milka Panayotova at the Studio Gallery
– Pericleous 65, Old Nicosia
This exhibition opened on Saturday 12th May at 8 pm and continues until 21st of the
month (everyday 5:30 – 8.30 pm)
Milka Panayotova has her first solo exhibition here in Cyprus on 12th May at Studio
Gallery in the heart of old Nicosia.
* Swept Away. Mary-Lynne Stadler at Dino’s Art CafE, Irinis Street, Limassol
until May 27.
Permanently resident in Cyprus since 2003, Mary-Lynne has recently been exploring, through painting
a particular experience she had while in south India in 2006. The artwork she is showing in Dino’s explores this subject
and forms a distinct body of work comprising several large canvases.
* Consantinos Kyrtis at Gallery k, Nicosia until May
Kyrti’s work is populated with lively portraits. An old man with his bicycle, a young woman sitting on a couch
holding a cup of coffee, a boy obstinately staring at the viewer, all real, almost tangible everyday people
from the Art institute of Southern California in 2003. There, he studied painting under Stephen W. Douglas, a leading L.A.
painter and received the award ‘Best of Fine Arts’ in his sophomore as well as in his senior year, Constantinos
Kyrtis also received the ‘Young Artist Award’ in 2006 in Cyprus.
* Mike Marshall at Pharos centre of Contemporary
Art, Nicosia, exhibits until May 31.
* Nicos Tornaritis has opened an exhibition of paintings by Christos Charalambous
and Gabriella & Vaso Papett at Kykklos Art Galley, Paphos. It will continue until May 20.
with his "Epistles of Heart"- drawings and plate sketching are at Ataturk Cultural Centre. Show ends tonight.
Kasinidis at Larnaca Municipal Gallery until May 19.
* Christos Kalfas has an exhibition at Gloria’s until June 4.
View of Cyprus
A photographic Itinerary from the 19th to the 20th century at Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Limassol continues until May 27.
Photographs from the collections; Leventis Museum, Haris Yiakoumis, Antonis Hadjipanayis, Tasos Andreou, Kadir Kaba, Huseyin
Ors, Nicos Panayiotou, Fivos Stavrides.
The exhibition is based on the book "The island of Cyprus: A photographic
itinerary from the 19th to the 20th century. Entipis Publications Nicosia 2007, by Lucie Bonito, Haris Yiakoumis and Kadir
Diadromes by Demetriades
Spyros Chryssi Demetriades is exhibiting at Pegasus Art Foundation until the 25th of May. This brilliant artist
of Cyprus is based in Limassol. Demetriades makes highly critical comments on this society painted with great wit and
Charalambides shows at Morphi Gallery, Limassol. This excellent exhibition shows calm, relaxing, naturalistic paintings
of great beauty.
Petros Maliotis at Opus Gallery
Show is on until May 26.
Petros Maliotis was born in Nicosia in 1976. He started taking pictures when he was 15
His exhibition with the title ‘Synesthimatography’ is his first solo attempt. With 30 creative photographs
he tries to document 30 emotions we experience in our lives. Using comfortably a variety of photographic techniques, he creates
a collection of photographs that are not a simple documentation of our outside world, but try to "invade" in the emotions
of the protagonist (s) and/or the viewer of the pictures.
The poet Kyriacos Charalambides wrote about Petros’ work:
" With these photographs, Petros Maliotis does not only uphold the memories of the moments he captures with his lens in Cyprus
and abroad, but he energises the imagination and conscience of the viewer in an extremely suggestive way. All this within
the functional balance of shapes, the plasticity of lines, the correct perception of light and shadow – a wholeness
which observes with tenderness and imprints with accuracy various views of reality, as he interpreted for us.."
have been awarded in various local competitions in Cyprus and abroad. In 1997 he won an honorable mention in the international
photo competition titled "World Heritage Sites" organised by UNESCO.
Those international artists at the Cyprus College of Art are exhibiting at the Panicos Mavrellis Foundation,
Limassol until the 24th of the month and also at Lemba until June 3rd. Lively, topical, full of colour and high aesthetic
THE SECRET IS OUT …
The Limassol School will move to Larnaca on the 22 June (near St Lazarus Cathedral).
However, the College will still keep its existing site in Lemba.
Season of auctions still flourishing
Cypria Auctions are conquering the Nicosia Hilton these days. The actual event will be on Wednesday 23rd May at 6.30 pm.
They are auctioning Greek and Cypriot 19th and 20th century paintings
Pre-viewing is important with auctions as you
can inspect the masterpieces at leisure and in depth.
Some pre-dates at the Hilton:
Saturday 19th May (tomorrow) 3 pm
Sunday to Tuesday 9 am -9 pm
Wednesday 23rd May 9am – 2 pm
There’s a great catalogue too published by Cypria Antiques & fine Arts K.V. Ltd.
Post Synergetic remembrance
Great to hear last Friday about the Limassolian Syn-ergio. There was a Synergy decades ago in Nicosia:
1 (1971), Synergy 2 (1972) and the last one, Synergy 3 (1973) in which there was "A road to Famagusta". There was no
Synergy 4, of course.
On your toes?
News comes on of the Austrian entry to the European Dance Festival in Limassol.
Remember, the Ministry of Education
and Culture provide a free shuttle-bus service from Nicosia to the Rialto Theatre/ Limassol and back. The bus will leave on
Friday, 25th May 2007, at Hotel Hilton in Nicosia. For reservations please call Stelios Georgiou of Georgiou Buses (22373
645) by Thursday, 24th May, 12.00h.