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COSTAS JOACHIM   ‘Dialogue with the Surface’
The Life and Work of Costas Joachim

Book available directly from Bellapais Studio & Gallery
Or on–line: email sjoac@spidernet.com.cy

Price €70  
plus Postage within Cyprus €5
Postage within EU €27


Press Release

It is with pleasure we announce the publication of a new book of Contemporary Art, on the life and work of the Cypriot Artist Costas Joachim,  entitled:  COSTAS JOACHIM  ‘DIALOGUE WITH THE SURFACE’ . This book has been written and compiled by artist and author, Susan Kerr ©2015.

The presentation of the book will take place on 24th of March at the Main Lecture Hall of the Central Offices of the Bank of Cyprus, Stasinou Street,  Ayia Paraskevi, Nicosia, at 7.30pm.

The event is organised by the Pancyprian Cultural Society with President, Dr. George Kitromilides.

The main speakers are Mr. Ouranios Ioannides, former Minister of Education and Culture, and Dr. Eleni S. Nikita, Art Historian.

The book is a presentation of the life and work of the artist Costas Joachim, with emphasis on his development as a Cypriot and international artist through his paintings, exhibitions and participation in International Biennales such as Venice, Sao Paolo, Paris and Florence. The aim of the book is to present and to document the lifetime work of Costas Joachim as a visual artist and painter. It outlines the life story of Joachim in relation to his development as an artist; his research into visual perception and abstraction as a ‘dialogue with the surface’-including his struggles and achievements, in nearly 500 pages.

In four parts, the book gives an illustrated chronological biography of the artist, art criticism internationally, up to 300 colour plates of his paintings, and speeches and press cuttings from items over the past fifty years, relating to his exhibitions and work. From this, it aims to show how an artist, working in Cyprus and abroad, has tackled the difficulties of life as an artist, and has achieved recognition for his contribution to Art in Cyprus and internationally.

Joachim’s establishment of the Bellapais Studio & Gallery in Bellapais since 1970, (now functioning  in Nicosia) has attracted visitors from places all over the world such as London, Berlin, Munich, Moscow, Los Angeles, Acapulco, Paris, Venice and Florence.

Costas Joachim, born in Bellapais, Cyprus, was educated and gained a Diploma in Education before winning a scholarship to study at Bath Academy of Art in UK in 1960, where he studied painting, visual perception, sculpture, ceramics and also Art Education at the University of Bristol. Further awards and a British Council scholarship in 1979 for Post Graduate studies in painting, Art history and Aesthetics culminated in the Honorary Presidential Award for Artistic Contribution to the Culture of Cyprus in 2003.

The author, Susan Kerr, has known Joachim since they met at Bath Academy of Art in 1961. She studied Fine Arts, Painting and Graphic Design (NDD) and Art Education in Leicester University (ATD) 1966.

After marrying Joachim they settled in Cyprus and established their painting studio in Bellapais. As an educationalist, Susan Kerr has taught English as a foreign language to advance levels in Athens and in Cyprus, and Visual Arts at all levels at the American International School in Cyprus from 1987 to 2008. She has also written and designed all exhibition catalogues for Bellapais Studio and written comments on art exhibitions.  From 2008 Susan Kerr has been working on her own research in painting and graphic design, including this book, and has participated in International Biennale and other art exhibitions in Italy, Austria and London.

This book, written and compiled by Susan Kerr, has been designed to present the life-time work and paintings of the artist Costas Joachim.The printing of the book was completed in February this year.

The above mentioned publication has been submitted for the  Award of ‘Publication Excellence’ 2015.


Mr. Ouranios Ioannides, making the opening speech at the presentation of the book ‘COSTAS JOACHIM Dialogue with the Surface’.  Mr. Ioannides, in his opening speech, stated that Costas Joachim was one of the educated painters, one of the few artists who had represented Cyprus in the largest capitals of Europe and other parts of the world. .. ‘The new work in front of us is a presentation that sends us back to our roots; our civilisation of Greece and Cyprus.

It really traces the roots of ancient Cyprus, its mythology and history, which, brought to the surface, we have grown up with. It shows how these have influenced our culture giving us strength and belief for the future. I wish to congratulate Costas and thank him for his cultural creations…’


Dr. Eleni S. Nikita, analysing the paintings of Costas Joachim at the presentation:

Quote: …Ο Κώστας Ιωακείμ ανήκει σ΄ αυτή την ηρωική θα την αποκαλούσα ομάδα καλλιτεχνών.  Το εγχείρημα λοιπόν να ετοιμαστεί το ογκώδες αυτό βιβλίο για την πορεία του στην τέχνη προσλαμβάνει μια πολύ μεγαλύτερη σημασία, γιατί δεν αφορά τελικά ένα μεμονωμένο καλλιτέχνη αλλά ταυτόχρονα και μια από τις σημαντικότερες περιόδους της σύγχρονης κυπριακής τέχνης, στην οποία υπήρξε ένας εκ των πρωταγωνιστών. 

Η Σούζαν έκανε μια καταπληκτική δουλειά, κατορθώνοντας να δει τον Κώστα Ιωακείμ ως ένας εξωτερικός αμερόληπτος κριτής.  Κρατώντας πάντα την αναγκαία απόσταση εξέφρασε τις απόψεις της με επιστημονικότητα και ανεξαρτησία, παραμένοντας στα καλλιτεχνικά γνωρίσματα του έργου χωρίς να παρασύρεται από οποιαδήποτε άλλα συναισθήματα που θα απέληγαν σε υπερβολές.. / ..Ο Κώστας Ιωακείμ υπήρξε ένας από τους πρωτεργάτες της οικοδόμησης του νέου προσώπου της σύγχρονης κυπριακής τέχνης…

  Costas Joachim speaking
at the presentation

The author and artist Susan Kerr
at the presentation.



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