Exhibition at the ArtRooms in Kyrenia Feb 20 – March 11, 2015
By Heidi Trautmann
In her introduction Oya Silbery, curator of the
exhibition and founder of the ArtRooms Gallery, concludes that lithography as an
art form has not been attributed the recognition it actually deserves. That is
true. And she further states that the belief that true art must be on canvas is
still valid due to lack of information.
There existed hardly any lithography studios in Turkey
when Sinan Demirtaş graduated in painting from the University of Mimar Sinan Istanbul in 1993
when he became interested in this interesting discipline. In the same year he
became director of Aksanat Art Centre Lithography Department until 2004. In
1997 he was co-founder of the Sinan Demirtaş Lithography
Studio together with Hasan Yelmen, an undertaking in which he could bring in
his experience and knowledge. Over the years he worked together with many
artists and was acknowledged for the high quality of printing in the printing
A collection of such praised works by 24 reknown artists
he now brought to Cyprus for the exhibition with ArtRooms. It is a pleasure to
be given the opportunity to have such an exhibition on the island, especially
since we don’t have a lithography studio here nor any printing studio. (There
is the Hambis Printing Museum in the Southern part of Cyprus near Limassol and
I have heard of a newly established
dependence in Nicosia).
Lithography as an artristic medium was used in the
early 19th century by artists such as Delacroix and Géricault and many more
later; at the end of the century we have the famous Lautrec’s lithographs,
works he did for the theatre, for example. Lithography was invented in 1796 by the
German author and actor Alois Senefelder for the printing of theatre scripts. Lithography
which means literally ‘writing on stone’ is based on the immiscibility of oil
and water. The image is painted on the smooth, especially prepared surface of
limestone with oil-based ink pens; the surface was then treated with a mixture
of acid and gum....a process too detailed to explain here in my review. A good
printing press is required to print the image on paper for a usually limited
edition which are then numbered and signed by the artist. For example 1 of 100.
participating artists at ArtRooms are: Adnan Çoker, Antonio Cosentino, Aydin
Ayan, Ayten Yetiş Doğu, Burhan Doğançay, Erdal Alantar, Ergin Inan, Ferruh
Başağa, Güngör Taner, Habip Aydoğdu, Leyla Gamsiz, Mustafa Altintaş, Naile
Akıncı, Ömer Uluç, Özdemir Altan, Sinan Demirtaş, Taner Ceylan, Tanju Demirci,
Tomur Atagök, Tülin Onat, Turan Erol, Zahit Büyükişleyen, Zekal Ormancı.
fine collection of lithographs by some remarkable artists.
exhibition is on until 11 March 2015; viewing times are from 1 pm until late at
night during the restaurant hours.