As of tomorrow, Morfi Gallery in Limassol will once again showcase paintings by Zenon Jepras.
Jepras, who was born in Wales to Greek parents, tells stories with his paintings. His artwork often takes a dive into our past and comes up with recollections which reconstruct in a form of archaeology of memory. Each piece gives us clues into his deeper personal and social narratives and his subjects are often looked upon with empathy and a kind of nostalgia due to his own upbringing as an emigrant.
His inspiration is often born from children’s games and the characters he brings to life have the characteristics of caricatures. But people are not the only characters in his rainbow of art work, you can also find animals, giving the canvas a satirical effect. These animals create an alternative world which undermines socially dominant forces. In his previous collections we saw rabbits in suits and gloves playing the flute, a Mickey Mouse character in the background and a bull eating beef at the dinner table.
Some of his other works show rows of rooms inside a hotel with characters up to different things in each room. Others show the rooms in a house and the intimate goings on behind closed doors.
The artist’s work is reminiscent of the post-expressionist movement of New Objectivism that emerged in the Weimar Republic of Germany and ended with the rise of Hitler to power. Like the German artist George Grosz, Jepras turns his satirical eye towards what has proven to be a kind of hypocritical patriotism.
Solo exhibition by Zenon Jepras. Opens June 6 at 7.30pm until June 30. Morfi Gallery, 84 Agkyras St, Limassol. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tuesday-Friday: 5pm-8pm.Tel: 25-378733. www.morfi.org