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A minute with Zenon Jepras Artist


Where do you live?
South London with two feisty and highly opinionated blondes

Best childhood memory?
Making up surreal games with my best friend like ‘whirl the whirl’ and ‘clouds’, which alarmed and annoyed everyone else in equal measure

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?
I don’t really like restaurants at all. They litter the landscape of all my nightmares. But my favourite food is Louvi – black-eyed beans from Cyprus with assorted veg added, lemon and olive oil – rarely to be found in a restaurant.

What food would you really turn your nose up to?
I have it on good authority that the Devil sups on Rice pudding while subjecting the damned to endless tortures.

What did you have for breakfast?
Chocolate cake. But only because it was my daughter’s birthday yesterday and incredibly there was some left.

Would you class yourself as a day or night person?
The Ancients used to say that ‘Morning is cleverer than Evening’ but I am definitely far stupider in the morning and despite great efforts my best work is done after dark.

Best book ever read?
The Emperors New Mind by Roger Penrose. A fantastically complex physics book about the impossibility of true Artificial Intelligence by one of the world’s greatest living mathematicians. I plagued my wife with it for months

Favourite film of all time?
Anything by Felini, like Amacord. A fabulous blend of passion, character and fantasy

Best holiday ever taken? What’s your dream trip?
When I was five, my entire family – mum, dad and two older brothers – set out from South Wales in a new Renault 16 for the island of Corfu. I have never since encountered a more incident and adventure packed journey; the memories of sights, sounds and smells are as fresh and rich in my mind today as ever. One day I’ll repeat it.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
Kate Tempest, and Laura Marling – on a good day. Otherwise Punk, Techno and Thomas Tallis.

What is always in your fridge?
Cheese and Beer. My two mortal enemies of the Frigidaire -they’ll get me in the end.

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
A cave. With a single light bulb, near some sand dunes and the sea. With chickens and goats and warm enough to work outside.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Socrates and my Dad (his near contemporary) as a young man. Both loved philosophy for it’s own sake, and could drink everyone else under the table.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Paint about it

What is your greatest fear?
That my world might end before I do

Tell me a joke
What did the cheese say when it looked in the mirror?
Zenon’s latest exhibition Playgrounds of Forgetting opens on Friday at Alpha Gallery, Makarios Avenue & 3 Papanikoli Street, Nicosia. Monday-Saturday 10.30 am-1pm and 4.30pm-7.30pm. Until October 31. Tel: 22-751325 / 99-303366.

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