new artists have joined the scene in North Cyprus. Bidi McIntyre and Steve
Templeman. They used to live and work in
Bahrain until three years ago when they decided to retire and come to Cyprus
where they own a place in Catalköy.
have set up their studios, Steve in mosaics and landscape painting, and Bidi in
etching …..exciting. That gives us art lovers a new interesting insight in
fields of art activities not represented here. Etching….and a studio with a
press… that wets the appetite. In North
Cyprus we don’t have artists specializing on etching, there are some who do
lino cuts and wood cuts such as Ipek Karagöz and Mustafa Öztunç, perhaps there
is some work done in the art departments of the local universities. There is a
printmaking museum and school in the southern part of Cyprus though, the Hambis
Printmaking Centre, they also do etching…And there is also nothing in the field
of mosaics, which is one of the old arts and of which you find samples in the
old city kingdoms of Cyprus.
McIntyre had leaflets laid out with explanations around etching, to show what
makes it so special and how it is done. A very welcome effort by the artist to
share her knowledge, and it makes you appreciate the art works more, the
different works from black and white line etching to different processes with
marks and textures on steel plates of which she had displayed one.
Templeman – his name is already giving away the philosophy of his working in
art - concentrating on a very detailed presentation of antique Cyprus
buildings, playing with forms sculpted in sandstone by wind and waves, and of
course his graphic very precise designing of mosaic works where you have to
work with utmost precision. His landscape paintings suggest that he is a very
romantic person, melting away with the unbelievable dark red Cypriot sunsets.
The exhibition is still open until April 8;
Mon-Sat 10-17:00 and Sun 9-12 in support of Tulips – Those with cancer.