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Oil paints map out an island

Our island, its landscapes, mountains and the villages that nest within them, together with the history of Cyprus, are what come together in the upcoming painting exhibition by Dimitrios Tsouris.

Under the title ‘My Island is Blue’, Tsouris will showcase his painting exhibition at Gloria Gallery on Friday at 7.30pm.

Tsouris has been an archaeological illustrator for the Department of Antiquities of the University of Cyprus for many years. Recently he swapped his technical pens for brushes, and began painting in oils. With his paintbrush in hand and ready to follow his vision, the artist created lucid images in bold colours.

“The mind, the heart, are perhaps the most valuable assets an artist possesses. To be able to absorb and lay down in paint how you feel upon standing on windswept mountains, cathedral-strewn forests or acres of long sweeping countryside, gilded with trees, together with making visible the unseen presence, the feel and smell of the earth beneath your feet, on which you walk, is a dramatic and invigorating task that drives one relentlessly and passionately, ultimately manifested in oils, paint and canvas,” Tsouris has said about his process and work.

Tsouris, who is from Nicosia but now lives in both England and Cyprus, studied at Ruskin Hall, Bourneville School of Art in Birmingham. He has been a full-time contemporary visual artist since 1980, working in his studio in Exeter. He has participated in multiple group and solo exhibitions in UK galleries and cathedrals as well as in Cyprus, Italy, Holland and Greece.

My Island is Blue
Solo exhibition by Dimitrios Tsouris. Opens on September 15 at 7.30pm, until September 30. Gallery Gloria, 3 Zinonos Sozou Street, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10.30pm-12.45pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10.30pm-12.45pm. Tel: 22-762605

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