The Cyprus Open Studios event, that lets art lovers see the magic that goes on in the studios of artists on the island, is taking a slight detour during the next two weekends, when eight artists will display their art at Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre in Paphos.
During the open studios events, taking place on weekends until October 23, anyone who is interested in how art is created, the process behind the actual moulding of art and the people who make the pieces on display can see for themselves by showing up to a chosen open studio. Choose to visit sculptors, potters, painters, glassworkers, jewellers and other talented people that have different backgrounds, origins and cultures. The map of open studios can be found at http://www.cyprusopenstudios.com/index.php/en/.
But if you prefer to view a variety of works by different artists and are also interested in taking some of this art home, then Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre will be open from 11am until 5pm during the weekends of October 15-16 and 22-23. The artists exhibiting are Keren Bevis, Sue Calder, Emily Jane Campbell, Christine Cross, Tara Del Rey, Marina Emphietzi-Harris, Aristi Hadjisavva and Tashi Khan.
Bevis paints on canvas using mostly acrylics. She also uses various other mediums depending on the subject such as, glitter, household paint, metal paints, chalk and pens. She always varnishes her work, sometimes to a high gloss-effect to make the colours pop. Her subjects include portraits, animal portraits, abstracts, seascapes and landscapes.
Calder paints in oils predominantly but also uses other media such as watercolours and acrylic. Her forte is portraiture and she works mainly on commissions but plays with landscapes, seascapes and nature.
Campbell’s work is nostalgic and introspective and yet asks universal questions about the human condition. Her work does not neatly fit into any genre; rather it wants to communicate the subjective emotional experience as well as the universal. Although it is not always obvious because of her strong focus on texture and the visual quality of decay, she does not consider her paintings to be wholly abstract as they are deeply rooted in the formal qualities of the natural world and negotiate very real, often painful memories of time and place.
Cross is an amateur artist who took up art on her move to Cyprus in September 2003. After taking lessons, she is still exploring many different mediums and styles. Her main subjects in her paintings are people and animals.
Rey creates colourful mystical oil paintings which are informed by years of studying symbolism and the physiological and spiritual effects of colour in human beings.
Emphietzi-Harris’ work explores issues of time, life and memory. Through painting she channels life experiences into works of art. Her style and compositions show the natural forms of a real world in a semi abstract, expressionistic and/or conceptualistic way.
Hadjisavva mainly uses oils on canvas with her favourite subjects being figurative and abstracts.
Khan’s work is a narrative that resonates a sense of precariousness that has come to signify our times. It challenges the sense of the immovable and the permanent, and embraces vulnerability and fragility. The focus shifts from the changes that are observable and felt, to those that are often unacknowledged and immutable.
Cyprus Open Studios 2016
Group exhibition. October 15-23. Technopolis 20, Paphos. Tel: 70-002420