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Multiple new looks at art all over

Tomorrow there are four exhibitions opening, in Nicosia, Limassol and Paphos. Each one is very different to the others but they are all similar when it comes to the passion of the artists behind the art works.

At Apocalypse Gallery, artist Thekla Papadopoulou will display her second solo exhibition under the title Fragments.

Employing a fresh approach to her work, Papadopoulou brings the traditional values of abstract art back to the Cypriot contemporary art scene. Fragments, where she focuses on displaying non-visible reality, is somewhat of an extension of her previous exhibition.

In this collection Papadopoulou plays with vibrant colours in broad brushstrokes. Lines drawn freely with the brush embrace pieces of paper and, together with other materials, make up the whole. Though unseen and very personal, this process is in a way induced by the paintings themselves as it goes on to trace the subtle, almost choreographic motion of the artist at work.

In a plain, straightforward manner, without complicated semantic and symbolic references, the artist composes abstract forms that seek to outgrow the frame of the painted canvas. At the same time, they yearn to become an extension of the surrounding space and deliver a personal interpretation of the composite world of human emotions.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Nitsa Hadjigeorgiou at 8pm.

While Papadopoulou will be showcasing her latest work in Nicosia, in Limassol Annie Erotokritou will present her first solo exhibition at Morfi Gallery at 7.30pm.

The prints and ceramic sculptures in this first solo exhibition took Erotokriou five years to complete.

When brought together, these two art forms display one-dimensional abstract forms which sometimes resemble cocoons or primary forms, depending on how the viewer sees them. The solid colours used in the collection are often cut off with bows and cross lines. This is done to create boundaries and deliberately form a white space, presenting the impression of a vacuum.

Erotokriou created one of the first artistic workshops for children in Limassol, where she lives, and she has also organised artistic events in Cyprus and Italy. She has participated in group exhibitions in Cyprus, Greece, Norway and Italy.

In Paphos two exhibitions will be opening on Friday. The first will be at the Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art gallery, where Christos Georgiades will be presenting his latest work under the name Simple Things.

In this exhibition Georgiades will showcase a series of paintings depicting simple, everyday objects, such as cassette tapes and umbrellas.

Through his work, he investigates the meaning and substance that these things have or had in his own microcosm. Simple objects and shapes work as symbols of a situation, a habit, a place or a happening, expressing the impressions, the feelings and the memories on each occasion.

Although portraying objects, some of the paintings are highly abstracted and the artist’s consideration for the interaction of colours and patterns is evident.

The simplicity of the subject invites the audience to interact with their own associations, reflecting experiences and memories of the past.

Also in Paphos there will be an arts and crafts exhibition at the En Plw (pronounced ‘En Plo’) Gallery at the harbour.

For a week, unique handmade gifts and items created by local artists will be on display and for sale from 10am until 4pm. Visit the gallery and see what the local artists and craftspeople from Paphos can offer you.

You will also have the chance to see some of these local artists at work in the gallery and also chat to them about the artistic process or ask any questions.

Whether you want to buy something decorative for your house or as a gift, there will be lots to choose from. You could leave the gallery with a painting of local scenes, a porcelain lamp, a vase, or some mosaics. There will be much, much more to choose from, and the artists on site will also be more than happy to make something to order.

Solo exhibition by Thekla Papadopoulou. Opens April 8 at 8pm until April 26. Apocalypse Gallery, 30 Chytron Street, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10.30am-1pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10.30am-1pm. Tel: 22-766655

Solo Exhibition
Solo exhibition by Annie Erotocritiou. Opens April 8 at 7.30pm until April 19. Morfi Gallery, 84 Agkyras St, Limassol. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tuesday-Friday: 5pm-8pm.Tel: 25-378733.

Simple Things
Solo painting exhibition by Christos Georgiades. Opens April 8 at 7.30pm until April 23. Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art, 10 Solonos, Paphos. Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-6pm. Saturday: 10am-1.30pm. Tel: 99-311225

Arts and Crafts Exhibition
Arts and crafts on display and for sale. April 8-14. En Plw Gallery, Paphos Harbour. 10am-6pm. Tel: 96-664201

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