Female Artists Cyprus

“Be inspired by imaginary works – communicate through art creations.”

Noelle Stevenson C&G (silk painting) June 5, 2010

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Euchan House Gallery, Sanquhar DG4 6LG

Tel: 01659 50224 – Email – noelle@euchangallery.wanadoo.co.uk

I am primarily a silk and textile artist, specialising in silk paintings and wallhangings, on fine pongee or habotai silk. I have also developed various techniques for working on velvet and fabrics, and I also paint in watercolour, and in the unusual medium of watercolour on silk paper.  In contrast, I produce a smaller number of acrylic paintings.

I was born in Lancashire, and moved to Singapore at the age of 19, where I studied silk painting and showed my work as a student at several ‘studio’ exhibitions.  I spent several years in Malta and was inspired by the brilliant light and colours of the landscape.  On returning to this country (UK), I settled in Dumfriesshire in the Euchan Glen, just outside Sanquhar, where I sold my work and held my first solo exhibition at the Xanadu Gallery, followed by annual exhibitions until the gallery closed in 1999.  After obtaining a City & Guilds in silkpainting, I opened my own gallery, The Euchan House Gallery, and began to exhibit there, and at many other venues.  I have held over 40 solo exhibitions and over 50 joint exhibitions. Six  of my solo exhibitions have been at the Tolbooth Art Centre, Kirkcudbright, and 4 solo and 2 joint exhibitions have been held at the Chambers Gallery, Moffat.  Other venues include The Roxy Art House, Edinburgh, The Burnside Gallery, Arran, the Cat’s Moustache, Creetown, The Devorgilla Gallery, Dumfries, and many others. I am a member of DAGFAS , a  prestigious Fine Art Association,and my work has been accepted for their annual exhibitions every year from 1997-2009.  I have demonstrated silk painting at many exhibitions, and two of my silk paintings were purchased in 2009 by Dumfries & Galloway Infirmary, for their permanent collection.  I was co-founder of an Art Association, ‘Artists United’ – dedicated to bringing art to the public, and promoting its members’ work.

Forthcoming Exhibitions: ‘Cornucopia’ –(Joint Exhibition with another artist) The Cat’s Moustache Gallery, Creetown, May/June 2010. ‘Natural Images’ –(Solo Exhibition)  Threa ve Gardens, Castle Douglas,– July 2010.

Silk painting is an ancient art form which is enjoying a modern ‘renaissance’ with endless possibilities for experimentation and development.  By using different types of silk, each with its own quality and sheen, I let my imagination run free.  The paint and silk flow together without the use of ‘gutta’ lines to separate the colours, creating fluid, ethereal effects, whilst the use of ‘gutta’ results in vibrant designs in a decorative style.  Many of my paintings are impressions, ‘the spirit of place’ or become dreamscapes from imagination – mythology- ‘the other world’.  The fluid quality of a natural material, silk, enhances these ideas. I experiment with salt, ink,wax and shibori techniques, so that each painting is unique.  Colour is an important element of my work, and I use combinations of strong colours in addition to the softer tones associated with silk painting.  I am inspired by natural images, and find the interplay of paint with a natural substance fascinating and unpredictable.  I produce work in a variety of  subject matter, and my  works are ‘one-offs’ .I never make silk prints, cards or copies from my images, so that each piece of work remains original and unique.

I also work in watercolour, mainly flower studies, where the translucency of the petals can be expressed in this fluid medium, and I have recently begun to experiment with watercolour on silk paper, where the silk threads running through the paper form an integral part of the painting, and add texture to the finished work. I also produce a smaller number of works in the contrasting medium of acrylic, where the brilliant tones of the acrylic palette are used to striking effect.  The theme of all my paintings is the interpretation of natural elements, drawn from memory and imagination.  I seek to create a sense  of atmosphere in my landscapes, and experiment with innovative abstracts in all media.

 

Cristina Countas April 5, 2010

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Biography

I was born in Romania and through marriage I came to Cyprus 25 years ago. I have studied mechanical engineering but I have not practiced my profession because I was always attracted to art. Until now I had four individual exhibitions, each one in a different field of art.
The first exhibition took place in 1993 at the Kourion hotel in Limassol and the opening was performed by late John Corbidge. The title was “Expressions of art through knitting” and I exhibited hand knitted jumpers being inspired by famous painters (Miró, Kandinsky, Klee, and John Corbidge). This exhibition was successful because of the originality of the work presented and was broadly commented and broadcasted on TV and published in “Selides” magazine.

As I do not like to repeat myself and being attracted to new challenges, in 1996 I tried a new domain of art in producing Christmas decorations. The name of the exhibition was “Holy night” and it took place at the Cultural exhibition center of the Bank of Cyprus. Dr Amerikos Arghyriou opened the exhibition and part of the proceeds was used to fund the Theotokos Foundation. The work shown had very original ideas expressed in sculptures, wall hangings, tapestry and table decorations. The appreciation of the visitors was felt through the amount of extra pieces ordered.
Having completed this subject I engaged myself in a new venture and started to carve and decorate ostrich and hen eggs. Again I had series inspired by my preferred painters (this time Miro and Robert Delaunay) as well as the famous Greek jeweler Elias Lalaounis. This time I exhibited my work in 2000 at my studio/house. The originality of the work attracted many visitors and buyers.
Trying to express my inner world as comprehensively as possible through art, last year I started studying silk painting. Since no help was available locally, I purchased many books that I studied thoroughly and started experimenting. The result being beyond my expectations.
I decided to show the beauty of this field of art in a new exhibition. The idea behind this exhibition was to present wearable art. My work comprises of kaftans, shawls, paintings and special evening wear all hand painted on pure silk and embroidered with Swarovsky crystals and colorful beads and sequins. The theme of the exhibition was “Metamorphosis through silk” and the symbol I used was the butterfly. It took place in Limassol at the Londa hotel on April 3rd being opened by the Mayor of Limassol Andreas Christou. The duration was three days and it was widely publicized through many fashion magazines and shown on the local channels and Sigma TV.

The visitors appreciated the professionalism with which the whole venue was presented, having included a fashions show as well.