Cypriot painter Christos Foukaras continues his 50-year art career this week with an exhibition at Gloria Gallery, starting on Friday.
Under the title ‘Stones, Myths and Tremithoi Trees’, Foukaras presents three new entities: his last four pieces from his work “ancestors”, a new painting intervention on sea pebbles and a series of pastels that are an extension of the ‘stone’ creation.
Largely though Foukaras returns to his usual points of interest – the enchanting coupling of man and nature and praising the beauty and the timelessness of both. Caught in between memory and present, imagination and reality, he touches on “the miracle of the artistic reconstitution of lost paradises and its dreamlike creations surrounding nature.”
Talking about his new work inspired by tremithoi trees, the artist says: “Working in recent years on ‘The World of Ancestors’ and ‘Deep Memories’ I ended up with the trees. A monumental work painted with oil on canvas, two by two and a half meters, it took a lot of thorough studies and pastel, pencil and charcoal drawings in the workshop and outdoors in nature. Through a tantalizing, exhausting course, with many experiments, and constant variations, reflections and submerged deep into thoughts and memories of another era, I came to the end of creative agony with the completion of this project.”
Foukaras’ painted stones will feature in the exhibition for the first time. “The visual project, despite its painting structure and the individual experiments, in the overall visual impression, is offered as a single aesthetic result. It determines the rhythm and movement of forms and shapes, which follow the flow of water and the dance of waves. By preserving the colour, the texture and other elements, they give the impression of time-stamping.”
The exhibition will be presented by the Director of the Anastasios G. Leventis Foundation, Dr. Charalambos Mbakirtzis.
Stones, myths and tremithoi trees
Painting exhibition by Christos Foukaras. February 1-22. Gloria gallery, Nicosia. Opening night 7.30pm. Monday-Friday: 10.30am-12.45pm / 5.30pm-8pm and Saturday: 10.30am-12.45pm. Tel:22-762605.