By Heidi Trautmann
Year after year, and as certain as spring, Kate Fenson and artists she has invited show us their view of our world, an enchanted look on life and its wonders which most of us don’t see.
This year’s exhibition which opened on May 1 and closes on May 29 includes works by Margaret Bosworth, Max Dane, Sheila Davis, Tim Francis, Maxene Shailer and Svetlana Ziuzina, and by Kate Fenson herself who with her work supplies the major part of the exhibition.
What all of them have in common is their love for the island of Cyprus whence they get their inspirations from, a place where love, beauty and tragedy live close together and it is a natural step for sensitive artists to include their enchantment in their art work. I have followed up their progress for some years now. Here are my texts of last years’ exhibitions which are in more detail.
Margaret Bosworth has created some new images of her own world very special to her; a universe full of flowers and decorative vegetables and objects she comes across, for example while picking mushrooms or visiting a green market, and she combines with it people living among them in a way of yesterday. The true value is what you make out of something.
Max Dane who is very experimental in his art work, surprises with lino cuts, a technique hardly executed any more.
Sheila Davis who once told me that the light of Cyprus has taught her a new approach to her most delicate and excellent water colour paintings.
Tim Francis is represented with four pastel works of landscapes and I can feel his attachment to Cyprus.
Maxene Shailer continuing on her new way of collage interpretations, very strong and beautiful.
Svetlana Ziuzina with some works in contrast to each other, but she once said: ‘Art has power when it is sincere. It can create a unique world in its form or expression. It doesn’t have to be beautiful but it must have integrity. Beautiful or not, I have learned to welcome and absorb all experiences. They are the foundations of my art.’
And finally Kate Fenson who could be easily one of the fragile fairy tale figures she loves to create to tell her version of paradise on earth. She said that whatever happened around her she will try to preserve her rich imagination with which she forms this mystic universe of hers. In the core of your heart you must be innocent and pure to be able to create these delicate paintings.
The exhibition is open until May 29, daily 10 am – 4 pm