exhibition : William Dreghorn (1908-2001) – The Guest – at the ArtRooms in
Girne open until 09 September 2016
friends and contemporains of William
Dreghorn had come together on the opening evening at the ArtRooms in Girne,
Turkish Cypriot friends as well as British friends. He died in 2001, that was
when we started building the house, and he was one of ‘the important things’
one learnt about Cyprus. I have never met him but have later written about some
activities around his work initiated by the Dept of Antiquity, i.e. Prof. Dr.
Müge Şefketoglu who knew him from childhood years and followed him – literally
– with sketchbook and pen, and it is also her to whom I directed my questions
when I was approached by collectors – the one in South Africa, the other in Los
Angeles on the basis of my articles on my website; thus we received information
of sketches and paintings which were not in the Cyprus collection. Internet the
Sibel Siber said at the opening ....it is to honour William Dreghorn who has
done so much for this country; she also wrote the introduction in the English
and Turkish catalogue of his work which is a common effort of governmental and
buildings, images of streets and archaeological details would no longer be
available to us if it was not for William Dreghorn. Also Erbil Arkin of the
Arkin Group shared some private memories with us. Among the distinguished guests
was also his doctor who sat by his side at the very end; even then he was
asking for paper and pen to draw some things from memory, he told me.
exhibition itself was beautifully
prepared by Oya Silbery, the director of the gallery; she had welcomed the
guests on the lower terrace of ‘The House’.
It was one of those melting tropical nights under a Mediterranean sky
when you don’t want to go home and as I was moving from one group to an other I
heard all the stories people brought up from times when places like Girne and
Famagusta were deserted and a man sitting for hours and sketching and painting
away – Bill Dreghorn loved the Old Harbour
in Girne – would catch everyone’s eye. There is a permanent exhibition in the castle
– and what would Bill Dreghorn say when he could see Girne today – he would
turn in his grave. Yes, things have
changed, especially these last ten years. We have somehow lost the patience to
observe the details, and this is a good occasion to call that into our minds,
with the beautifully drawn pictures of so many parts of our island, an old
alley in the Old City, a fountain, a door or the stone works on a building,
they are drawn not only for the love of detail but with his heart; you
immediately feel at home when looking at them closely and you want to go and
find them in reality.
big thankyou for the organisers to share these moments on paper with us. The
exhibition will be open until September 09 from midday on until midnight.