The Municipality of Ayia Napa presents at the Museum “Thalassa” the painting exhibition “AMATHOUS – THE OLD LIMASSOL” by Andreas Efesopoulos.
The exhibition opens to the public on Friday 27 August and will run until Tuesday 14 September 2021.
This section includes 27 paintings, oil on canvas, which the artist created from 1994 to 2020. The works, which have already been presented at the Municipal Arts Centre of Limassol – Papadaki Warehouses and at the gallery “Gloria” in Nicosia, are scheduled to be presented in the municipal Galleries of the other cities of Cyprus. After that, the paintings will be part of the collection of the Municipal Gallery of Limassol, since the artist wants his work to be presented as a single, monumental ensemble and as such to be delivered to the public in a permanent exhibition.
The artist himself states in his book entitled “Amathus – The Old Limassol”:
“In my paintings, you will not see my dreams and my own cohesions but a clear representation of the source of information and inspiration. I try, if it is possible, to paint the swirling air, the light that illuminates, the earth that is shaken and the damage that, all together, cause non-stop. The damage to the stones often creates the most unexpected and complex formations in the shape and the surface. Even random assemblies resulting from all kinds of displacements are magical. The wild vegetation and the drastic and dramatic encounter of all the elements with the sky, the clouds, and the turbulent sea complete successive theatrical performances. “All of this, I did what I could to give it live, so that they might be able to be a trigger and motivation for each viewer to make their own cohesions and myths.”
The desire and intention of the artist is to offer to the Cypriot public, but also to foreign visitors to our island, a dynamic and sensitive tour of the historical and the archaeological richness of Amathus with a realistic and romantic approach that stimulates the feeling of the appreciation and the pride in our cultural heritage, while at the same time, to strengthen the sense of the responsibility for its preservation and utilization.
Andreas Efesopoulos was born in Limassol on March 6, 1944. He attended Lanitio High School. He studied painting at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London (1962-1966) with a degree in National Diploma in Design, /N.D.D. He was awarded a scholarship to the Hornsey College of Art at Teacher’s Training Department (1966-1967) and received the “Art Teacher’s Certificate, A.T.C.” He worked as an art teacher at Harrow County Boy’s Grammar School in London (1967-68). He returned to Cyprus, and he was worked as a high school art teacher. He was promoted to assistant principal in 1989 and principal in 1998 and retired from schools in 2004. Since then, he lives in Limassol, and he involves in his artistic work, painting, and sculpture.
Andreas made five solo exhibitions and he took part in many group exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad. His works are in galleries and private collections in Cyprus and abroad. He staged and edited two productions of the Limassol Theatrical Company E. TH.AL. “The King’s Clothes” by Hans Christian Anderson 1991 and “The Last Moon” by Andreas Koukkidis.