Cyprus Mail

Capturing landscapes

The Columbia Plaza Gallery will host the solo watercolour and oil painting exhibition by Michael Owen as of Saturday.

Owen, originally from Northumberland in the UK, started painting during his National Service in Malaya. After extensive travel, he settled in New Zealand in 1965 to study painting under Louise Henderson in Auckland. Four years later he was off again, traveling and painting until 1971 when he arrived in Cyprus. It only took him two years to get comfortable enough on the island to open his own gallery in the village of Lania, where his works are exhibited.

One of his many achievements is his exhibition The Dead Zone, which took place in Nicosia in 2001. The exhibition showed paintings from along the 183-kilometre length of the Green Line, and Owen had to obtain permission to create these paintings. He is the only painter to have been allowed to do this.

Owen’s work has been bought by people from around the world who visited his gallery, and has now found a home in 49 countries. He has original paintings in private collections in the Cyprus Parliament, the National Gallery of Cyprus, and the Presidential Palace.

As mainly a landscape painter, Owen takes his inspiration particularly from the wonderful and priceless Akamas and Karpas peninsulas.

Watercolour and Oil Painting Exhibition
Solo exhibition by Michael Owen. Opens December 17 at 7.30pm until December 24. Columbia Plaza Gallery, 223 Andrews Street, Limassol. 6pm-10pm. Tel: 25-432404

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