Land and Seascapes by Pembe Plümer at the Ismet Güney Art Centre
By Heidi Trautmann
When the world was still in
order….one would think, looking at Pembe Plümer’s paintings. Pembe Plümer, born
in 1931in Larnaka, the oldest member of a well-known Cypriot family and
grandmother to artist friend Dr. Esra Plümer, who not only curated her
grandmother’s exhibition but recently also for the artists Gönen Atakol and
Ismet Tatar (in the sequence of exhibitions).
After graduation from the
Terra Santa French School in Larnaka and after the death of her father, Pembe
(Muzzafer) went to Nicosia and did a one year course in dress making. She
married Fazil Plümer in 1955 and had two children. At the onset of the 1963
inter-communal conflicts, she moved to Tanzimat Street (Arabahmet quarter). As
from 1965 she attended handicrafts, ceramics and various other art courses at
the Atatürk Vocational College. Over the years she took advantage of the
workshop facilities provided by the college and developed her artistic skills.
In addition to pottery, carpet weaving, decorative arts, copper work, textile,
cross stitch and crochet, Pembe first took up oil painting as her interest in
the arts grew and with time passing also water colours. Going through the halls
of Ismet Güney Art Centre, I found her oldest painting exhibited to be from 1968
and the latest from 2011.
You feel transported into
another era and into another Cyprus and Pembe Plümer discovered with her
artistic eye the simplicity and beauty of it. She has reinterpreted photographs
or pages of a calendar in her own way; there are no human figures, only their
dwellings set in a calm and timeless landscape. She also loves the sea being
born in Larnaka and so is the sea and its shores, the small lakes and rivers often
the theme of her work.
She stood very upright and
beautiful within the circle of family and friends, her eyes shining and she
seems to still go strong and I can imagine that she still regularly retires
into her studio to paint her peaceful land and seascapes, either watercolour or
oil paintings. My best wishes go with her.
The exhibition is open until
03 July during governmental office hours.