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Get to know the island through drawings

Sometimes colour, splashes of paint and layer upon layer of artistic creations are not what is needed for artists to get their images across. Sometimes all they need is a pencil, a piece of paper and a breathtaking landscape to explain the way a place made them feel to the viewer.

One such artist is Paul Tomlinson who is preparing to show his first collection of drawings of Cyprus at the Centre of Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in Nicosia as of Tuesday.

The English artist and retired architectural engineer moved to the island only last year and has been busy drawing the landscapes (such as Bellapais Abbey), towns, harbours (including Kyrenia) and buildings of the island.

Even though Tomlinson worked as an architectural engineer for 30 years, he has been drawing since he was a young boy. Speaking about his move and his fascination with the island, Tomlinson said “I came to Cyprus in September and was immediately impressed by the ancient buildings, landscape and history of the island.”

He works in pen and ink on paper, which are very portable materials, which can be taken on a walk and taken out at any moment when inspiration hits. “I sit down and draw what I see directly in front me – I have to feel the space to be able to draw it. I’m very influenced by the drawings of Vincent van Gogh who always sketched directly from life. It brings an immediacy and authenticity to a drawing that I think people can feel,” the artist said.

The exhibition in Nicosia, which will run until June 15, will feature 22 recent artworks of churches, basilicas, castles, ruins, landscapes and townscapes from all parts of the island, as well as drawings made in Istanbul and Cappadocia.

Drawing Cyprus
Solo exhibition by Paul Tomlinson. May 29 until June 15. CVAR/Severis Foundation, 285 Ermou Street, Nicosia. 9.30am-8pm. Tel: 22-300999

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