trees, garden scenes with cacti, pots , weeds and undergrowth, human models
like Leonie, Udi, Yasin and Serife, in pastel and charcoal, 44 drawings selected
from the huge archive Christina is still hiding in her drawers, a treasure when
you had the chance to see them as I had. Many friends have been pushing her
hard to finally show her beautiful work to the public.
Hessenberg has been living in North Cyprus since 1985 and since that time has
been hoarding her impressions of the island and its nature in her drawers,
except in three personal shows and three group exhibitions. Her drawings are
all life drawings, not taken from photos but sitting for hours with her easel
to paint and learn the secrets of nature, of light and shadow. I don’t know anybody who has better brought to
life these old olive trees on drawing paper than her. It is also remarkable
that among the artists in North Cyprus it is mostly foreign artists who have
painted Cyprus landscapes, the reason may be the impact Cyprus’ nature makes on
people, especially artists, when they first come here. For many it is the great variety of plants,
the explosion of colours in spring, the transparent air and the light enhancing
the values of colour.
friends and art lovers had come to the opening of the exhibition and I do hope
that many more will come to see the exhibition before Christina stores her
beautiful work again in her drawers.
exhibition at the Girne Belediye Sanat Galeresi – the former TRAFO Building in
the centre of Girne Sanayi – the road to enter opposite the City Tower in Girne
Main Street - is open until 03 November. Visiting hours are Mon – Fri 10:00
–17:00 hrs, Sat: 10:00 – 15:00 hrs; Sunday and Monday Oct 29 it is closed.