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The diversity of art

By Maria Gregoriou

The week has much to see and do, and on the ‘to see’ side, a number of exhibitions will be opening around the island.
Let’s start in Limassol where Zenon Jepras will present his new works at Gallery Morfi at 7.30pm tomorrow.

Jepras, who was born in Wales to Greek parents, is a storyteller who tells stories with his paintings. His artwork often takes a dive into our past and comes up with recollections which reconstruct in a form of archaeology of memory.

His inspiration is often born from children’s games and the characters he brings to life have the characteristics of caricatures. But people are not the only characters in his rainbow of art work, you can also find animals, giving the canvas a satirical effect. These animals create an alternative world which undermines socially dominant forces.

The artist’s work is reminiscent of the post-expressionist movement of New Objectivism that emerged in the Weimar Republic of Germany and ended with the rise of Hitler to power. Like the German artist George Grosz, Jepras turns his satirical eye towards what has proven to be a kind of hypocritical patriotism; on the ignorance and even indifference of laymen towards what was happening; on the greediness and corruption of the decades that led to the fall.

Jepras looks upon his subjects with empathy and a kind of nostalgia due to his own upbringing as an emigrant.

The next exhibition on our list also opens tomorrow, at Opus 39 Gallery in Nicosia, when painter Soula Lipsou-Yianagou will present her latest solo exhibition.

Yiangou studied at the School of Fine Arts in France where she received a distinction in colour composition and graduated with honours.

The painter’s work, which is in oil on canvas, bears strong elements of realism, cubism and expressionism.

Yiangou has participated in 36 solo exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad. As a result of her showings she has received international recognition which has led to her participation in group exhibitions in Monte Carlo, Tokyo, Sydney, London, Paris and Athens. Her art work has been shown alongside work by famous artists, such as Picasso, Pissaro and Dali.

Her work may be seen in public and private collections in Cyprus, Greece and abroad.

Next we will go back to Limassol, where on Thursday the second charity exhibition Russian Business Ladies’ Paintings will begin at the Panos Solomonides Cultural Centre.

The exhibition, held under the auspices of President Nicos Anastasiades, is a charity event where paintings on display will be sold with proceeds going to the Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society.

The paintings were created by a number of Russian women living in Cyprus. They pay tribute to their second home, our island, and bring to the surface the emotions and love that they feel towards our country and the inspiration they have found while here to create new art work.

Solo Painting Exhibition
Solo painting exhibition by Zenon Jepras. Opens November 18 at 7.30pm until December 10. Morfi Gallery, 84 Agkyras St, Limassol. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tuesday-Friday: 5pm-8pm.Tel: 25-378733. www.morfi.org

Solo Painting Exhibition
Painting exhibition by Soula Lipsou-Yiangou. Opens November 18 at 8pm until November 28. Opus 39 Gallery, 21 Kimonos Street, Nicosia. Monday: 5pm-8pm. Tuesday-Friday: 10.30am-12.30pm and 5pm-8pm. Tel: 22-424983

Second Charity Exhibition-Russian Business Ladies’ Paintings
Group exhibition. November 19-22. Panos Solomonides Cultural Centre, 8 Panos Solomonides Street, Limassol. 12pm-7pm. Tel: 25-257000

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