The exhibition “Christoforos Savva: Unbound” centres on the years Savva spent in post-war London (1946-54) and the ways in which the city shaped his approach to his practice and a life wholly dedicated to art. This was an ebullient decade in the art-world, marked by the emergence of various seminal artists and movements.
During this period, Savva studied at the Heatherley School of Fine Art (1947-54), and together with a group of fellow students he formed the artists’ collective ‘Pimlico Group’ (named after Pimlico Street where the school and a number of art hotspots, including the Tate Gallery, were located). Among others, the collective produced the iconic Pimlico Group sketchbook, as well as a series of works from the road trip of Savva and his fellow artist and friend Roddy Maude-Roxby to Cyprus, in the summer of 1954.
The show also presents a comprehensive collection of works the artist created following his return to Cyprus in 1960, offering a glimpse into his signature body of work, and includes works as diverse in style as paintings and pin reliefs, or yfasmatographies and cement reliefs. Through this sequencing, the exhibition aims to highlight the ingenious coexistence of media and genres and the inimitable range of themes and references that appear in the artist’s work.
This exhibition is a continuation of the research around Savva’s work and legacy as a fundamental figure in the history of Cypriot art, given his groundbreaking contributions and highly influential role in the local art scene from the fifties and sixties to the present.
The exhibition will be inaugurated on December 06 at 19:00 by the Deputy Minister of Culture, Yiannis Toumazis, in the presence of the Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus to the UK, Odysseas Odysseos. The exhibition is placed under the auspices of the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus in the UK, Andreas S. Kakouris.