HAMBIS PRINTMAKING MUSEUM PLATANISTEIA

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An exhibition of recent works by Frixos Papantoniou and an experimental printmaking workshop

Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum, Nicosia

April 20th – August 5th 2023

Opening: Thursday April 20th, 18:00

Experimental Printmaking Workshop: Friday April 21st 9:00 – 18:00

In this body of experimental printmaking works exhibited at the Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum from April 20th until August 5th 2023, Frixos Papantoniou uses mainly the method of linoprint but takes this technique a few steps further to create stronger and more fascinating work. Not only he cuts the lino but also uses caustic soda to etch it to create stronger textures. In the process of etching he uses found material and objects such as wood, string, masking tape and more.

He uses the etched and cut plates in combination with painting, watercolours and collage. The plates are repeated several times, overprinted in many directions with varied press pressure to achieve the required tones.

With his work the artist wants to explore people’s relationship with the sky, the sea, the land and most of all with one another.

Frixos Papantoniou: What makes my work take shape:

“Whatever I make comes out of my experiences in life, happy ones, sad ones, my worries and my hopes, what I am going through and many times what I would like to be going through.

Everything around me influences the work that I make, the presence and the the environment we experience influences our creative process. Experiences with lighting, colour, smell and  sound, they evoke different feelings within us and in turn these sensory experiences invade our creative process, the absence of people, the light, the darkness, the noise, the music. Music is the most beautiful of art forms. It brings out our emotions from deep inside, makes us happy, makes us sad, and makes us joyful. I am so envious of people who can create music. I think they are the ones who have the best gift from the Gods!

Although my studies were in sculpture, Painting, printmaking and Ceramics dominated my work and more recently installation is taking me into new ways.

With my work I do not want to instruct the viewers what to think but to allow them to go into their own personal journey with new experiences”.

Experimental Printmaking Workshop

On Friday 21st of April Frixos Papantoniou will offer a free workshop for art students and professional artists. During this workshop Art students from the Fine art Department of the University of Nicosia together with professional artists will produce works by using the method of linocut. The method must be taken further than by just cutting but to be treated as a starting point to create more complex images. Must be printed several times, overprinted in as many directions as needed and with varied press pressure to achieve tones and textures.

Colour can be used for background as well on the plate. Stencil and Collage can be introduced to alter the image. Most important in this workshop is the freedom of expression and the unexpected results to be achieved. No preparation needed!

For workshop reservations call at the Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum:

22 496930 (Tuesday – Friday 10:00 – 14:00)

Process with priority: First come first served basis. Number of participants: 12

Short Biography of the artist

Cyprus-born artist Frixos Papantoniou studied Fine Arts at Kingston University and at the Institute of Education, University of London. Although he made London his home and workplace, he keeps very close contact with his home country where he shows regularly. Based in East London, Papantoniou has exhibited widely throughout the UK, Germany, US, Greece and Cyprus in solo and group shows. His work received awards at Sefton Open, Southport and at Fresh Art, Islington Business Centre London. In 2013 he is one of the three finalists in “Pride in the House” Lauderdale House, Hampstead and in 2016 an exhibition of his work was organised at Europe House, London by the Cyprus High Commission, under the auspice of the High Commissioner in the UK Euripides L. Evriviades. His work is included in a number of collections such as the London Arts Council, the Cultural Services of the ministry of Education, Cyprus, the American College of Greece and numerous private collections.