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MULTIPLE LAYERS paintings by Nicholas Panayi

Painting exhibition by Nicholas Panayi - Forza 9 Gallery, Polis Chrysochous
8 – 17 August 2008
The desire for complexity through layering has led the artist to develop techniques that create these layers which do not nullify each other thus creating for the viewer multiple and vibrating focal points that are never static.
One example of this is a series of works called “From Text to Figure” were the artist uses layers of contrasting elements, in this case the figure superimposed on text. It is as if the text is telling a story that is completed by the suggestive movement of the figures.
The expression of movement has always been the main characteristic for Nicholas Panayi’s work.
Recently Nicholas Panayi has also incorporated photography in his painting as another tool for creating his layers. The photograph reveals another quality, dimension or reality as it “disrupts” the freedom of painterly brushstrokes. Sometimes the whole painting can be covered by another transparent layer from a different image forming a “curtain” a “veil” symbolizing the uncertainty of life itself.
Nicholas Panayi lives and works in Nicosia. He studied Fine Art at The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. It was also in Prague were he first exhibited in 1988. This exhibition is the first of an impressive list of solo and group exhibition held in Cyprus and abroad (Paris, Beijing, Geneva, Istanbul). As an active member of the cultural scene in Cyprus, Nicholas Panayi holds lectures and participates in various cultural organizations and projects.
The official opening of the show is on Friday, 8th of August at 8PM.
Forza 9 Gallery is located in the centre of Polis Chrysochous, around the corner of the main square. Forza 9 Gallery is open Mo – Sa from 10AM – 3PM. During the exhibition the gallery is also open in the evening. Call for more information: 99127428 or visit
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DATE: 08 Aug 2008 until 17 Aug 2008
LOCATION: FORZA 9 Gallery, Polis Chrysochous
CONTACT: Christina tel. 99127428 email