Pir is a thouroughly acting art historian when it comes to to the prelimenary work
he does for his paintings; Güner Pir does projects, series of paintings to one
theme, an integral concept with variations to the main theme, like music,
major.... minor depending on his
inspiration. But before he reaches for his tools, Güner Pir does research work
in books and old documents. I know that from his exhibitions over the last ten
years I have been following him.
history of Cyprus is the motor that drives him, and the precision of execution.
For the current exhibition which took him again three years since the last one,
he has chosen the documentation of Cyprus stamps as the theme that runs through
the exhibition like a thread, connecting them to a serial novel.
are usually proof of historical events, they are published to memorize an event
or a person, an eventful year, change of administration and so on. See a short history on stamps and one of my
reviews on an Exhibition of the Cyprus Philatelic Association. under the links
can imagine that this was the centre point of Güner Pir’s reflections when he started work on his
current series of paintings. Güner Pir’s handwriting is the care he takes to
prepare the canvas: layers by layers of colour are applied, removed, combed,
scratched off to the bottom again, a sort of preparing the scenery for a play,
right down to the canvas itself, threads pulled or cut out in order to have the
appearance of an old document. Series in
different shades, shades of blue, then ochre and umber, dark red, colours of
earth, sombre. Onto these such prepared canvasses Güner sets with fine lines
the stamps as record of the time frame and figures as actors to tell the story.
Titles such as Captives, My spendid
Kyrenia, Emigration, Blue Letters, The Fire Blaze.....going with the colours.
exhibition is open until 06 February 2015 at the Eaved House.