To mark the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and of the formation of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, and as part of a wider programme of cultural and social events to commemorate these twin anniversaries, the Federation is staging a public exhibition of art by British Cypriot artists.
Taking place at the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood centre in Finchley, north London, the exhibition will present eight celebrated artists and a diverse display of their works, featuring styles, techniques and aesthetic variations across the artistic spectrum.
The contributing artists are as follows:
• ANDREA TYRIMOS: graduated in Fine Art from Central St Martins in 2009, and has exhibited extensively since then. www.andreatyrimos.com
• CHRIS SAVVIDES: his love of colour enables him to develop his thoughts and ideas better through abstraction, emphasising that painting must be concerned with a pure visual sensation, in which colour is the fundamental means of expression. www.chrissavvidesart.co.uk
• CRITON TOMAZOS: a painter, designer and mixed media artist, also exploring other art forms, i.e. graphics, 3D design, collage, conceptual art, theatre, interior design, combined art forms, environmental installations. www.freewebs.com/critontomazos
• DESPINA SYMEOU: her preferred image has always involved the figurative form, interpreted in many media. www.artbydespina.co.uk
• FRIXOS PAPANTONIOU: each painting is a concentrate of many paintings underneath, each functioning as an autonomous object revealing the visible traces of its constructions. www.frixospapantoniou.com
• MICHAEL MINAS: a painter who is absorbed by the perceptible objective world, but who uses his acute skill as an observer to go well beyond portrayal, to experiment, extend, reflect and invent. He is captivated by the excitement and sheer pleasure of colour. www.michaelminas.co.uk
• RENOS LAVITHIS: a versatile artist, equally adept at painting seascapes, as he is drawing the human form, iconic scenes and places. For 30 years he worked for the Daily Mail as retouching artist. www.renosart.co.uk
• YORGOS PAPADOPOULOS: an artist who is not easily labelled, who works with laminated glass as his medium. Yorgos breaks, colours and textures sheets of industrial glass and then re-laminates them to make artworks that look fragile but are extremely durable. www.yorgosglass.com
Peter Droussiotis, President of the Federation, who will officially open the exhibition on 6th November 2014, said:
“I am delighted with the calibre of UK Cypriot artists exhibiting at this event which is being staged to commemorate the anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and of the establishment of the Federation which followed. Art is a beacon of hope and this exhibition will send out a powerful message that UK Cypriot artists are a vibrant part of our community in the UK and stand fully behind the fight for a free and united Cyprus.”
Exhibition opening times will be from noon to 7.00pm Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th November 2014. Additionally, the exhibiting artists will also hold a “meet the artists” session to welcome visitors and discuss their work, on Saturday 8th November 2014 between noon and 6.00pm.
The address for the venue is Greek Cypriot Brotherhood Building, Britannia Road, North Finchley, London N12 9RU.