PUBLICATION OF NEW BOOK ON THE PAINTING OF COSTAS
COSTAS JOACHIM ‘Dialogue with the Surface’
The Life and Work of Costas Joachim
Book available directly from Bellapais Studio & Gallery
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plus Postage within Cyprus €5
Postage within EU €27
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
.. ‘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:
…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.