was not at all easy to find a parking space near the hotel at 4 o’clock on 11
January for the painting exhibition of Lapta based painter Salih Mustafa Çizel,
where he entertains the art gallery Rönesans. In the entrance hall of the hotel
a defilé of guests in cocktail robes and evening dress, velvet jackets… with
the employees balancing trays with drinks and exquisite finger food through the
assemblage of guests. I thought I had come to a wedding reception but then I
found Salih with his old hat on, and Ahmet Kale and Sarp Sertel from the Art
Gallery Cyprus.com, who had organized the exhibition with the Merit Hotel
sponsoring the cocktail party. WOW, I said while I was shaking hands.
is an old friend whose work and involvement in his village I have been following
for many years. Only in 2017 he had an exhibition at the Art Gallery Cyprus.com
in Nicosia where his new working style was shown and widely discussed. ‘Transformation’
the title. At the opening of last year’s exhibition he said “..one day I will
make contact with the beginning of my creative life and work, I will have
established the complete circle, I will show in a concentrated abstract form my
philosophy of art.” Perhaps this is the moment? I had no chance to ask him at
the opening. I am convinced that he still will present us with some more
transformation in the future …. To understand Salih Mustafa Çizel and his work you
have to know his life story which I had published some years ago in Cyprus
Observer following an interview I have led with him at my house in Yeşiltepe.
Please click on the link
current exhibition was opened by the hotel management which has generously
offered space to the arts which – I am sure – will bring positive response to
guests could see some of the remaining old style paintings, land and seascapes
but also some of his later style where the artist found himself on the road to
abstraction, a sort of retrospective.
palette is pure colours, in pasty application on canvas, lately with the knife.
I repeat here what I said on his last exhibition in 2017….
“There is a lot
of abstract thinking in travelling the seas, there is architecture between a
sailing boat and the waves and the sky; there is a graphic understanding
between man-made structure and structures of nature. Salih’s abstract paintings
of boats and sea are actually the true image of a sailor’s experience. Salih
said, he loves the sea and watching boats, having grown up in Larnaca and
spending many years in Girne harbor. I wonder what his next transformation will
show us, a Cypriot has two loves, that is the sea and the mountains.”
exhibition is still open until 31 January 2019….