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Backstage art

By Maria Gregoriou

he Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia will host a solo visual art exhibition by artist and violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved entitled A Flash Between Darknesses as of Friday.

Skaerved is widely known as a musician but his close circle of friends know that he is also a visual artist. He utilises this talent backstage during his concert intervals and after concerts to capture on paper the general feeling of the performance and the atmosphere created by the audience, using graphite, ink, charcoal and paint.

The musician and artist commented on the way in which one art form assists the other to flourish by saying “these activities overlap, support each other, and at times, replace, even obscure each other. Much of this work has happened in the notebooks that I keep constantly.”

The Pharos Arts Foundation has hosted the musician a number of times. These performances, along with others, stimulated him to draw a series of art works inspired by the music he played in Nicosia, the audience’s response and the conversations he had backstage.

Skaerved explained that the work was created while observing people but, although this was his source, the set of pictures “is empty of people, and slips into the liminal spaces between landscape, abstraction, map-making and musical notation. The title of this exhibition is taken from a letter which Rupert Brooke wrote about leaving Dover for the First World War, from which he would never return.”

The foundation will also be hosting a concert with Skaerved on the violin and Morgan Goff on the viola on Sunday.

The concert will feature new works by some of the many composers who write for Skaerved, as well as poetry by two of his closest collaborators, Malene Skaerved and Guy Gallo.

A Flash Between Darknesses
Solo exhibition by Peter Sheppard Skaerved. Opens March 27, 7.30pm until April 6. Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art, 24 Demosthenis Severis Aveνnue, Nicosia. Monday – Friday: 10am-5pm. 22663871

Concert presented by the Pharos Arts Foundation in response to Peter Sheppard Skaerved’s exhibition. March 29. The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €15/10. Tel: 22-663871

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