painting traveller shows the stations of her life
a traveller myself for all my life I feel sympathetic for people who use their
time abroad to meet people, to talk to them and eventually do their portraits
in writing or in painting. Such a traveller is Françoise Moncomble. From her
biography I learnt that she was a civil servant at the French Ministry of
Finances in Paris and Attachée at the Ministry of Foreign Affaires and has
served from there at French Embassies in London(England), Teheran(Iran), Muscat
(Oman), Athens(Greece), Caracas (Venezuela), Rabat (Morocco), Washington(U.S.A.),
Manama (Bahrain), Almaty (Kazakhistan) Tbilissi (Georgia).
is quite a rainbow of different cultures. It is not done to look at the
antiquities mentioned in travel books but to go out yourself and find the soul
of a country, that is their people. Françoise has recorded the experiences and
encounters she has made in painting their portraits, she looked for their patterns
of life, not only in their daily routine but literally, the pattern of their
dresses, the pattern of the work they do, a carpet, their habitat and the tools
they work with. She must have spent hours with them to find out about it. You
can see that Françoise Momcomble loved what she was doing, she has an eye for
the details which are necessary to establish the correct portrait of a person.
Moncomble is retired and now lives in the South of Cyprus. Her work is
appreciated by many, and so it is by our friend Altan Houssein, who persuaded
her to exhibit in Bellapais and he made the necessary arrangements.
went to Bellapais before the official opening to have a good look at the
pictures as a big crowd was to be expected. Mr. Serdar Dentaş did the ‘cutting
of the ribbons’ to open the exhibition to the many guests that had come.
exhibition will be open until Sunday, 20 April. Françoise Moncomble has a
www.Françoiseart.com if you have
missed it to learn more about her.