MARGINALIA gallery presents the exhibition of paintings by Andy Bargilly entitled¨THE SPACE WITHIN¨, from Friday 3 November at 19.00.

Duration : 3/11/2023 – 25/11/2023.

Aristodemus Anastasiades underlines, regarding the works of the painter:

“Looking at the works of Andy Bargilly, the watercolours of the new series entitled ¨The space within¨, one has the feeling that this is a mature painting that is in conversation with his previous work from the 1980s. With watercolour the artist is returning to the genre he had successfully engaged in in the past, alongside his stage design and other pursuits.

It is painting with momentum, an explosive condensation that spreads dramatically across the surface, threatening to abolish all boundaries. The tones of chiaroscuro enliven the canvas, while the minimal colour merely underlines the emotion of the good painter, without diminishing the intensity. And if the drawing itself can once be dangerous for the painter, one must ¨destroy¨ the drawing in order to rediscover pictorial fulfilment. The black velvet surface – night and mystery – reminds us that painting is silent poetry and poetry is silent painting.

Here, hints of a cosmogony at work – territory of shadow, territory of light – find echoes in any related landscape.”

Andy Bargilly was born in Famagusta in 1947 and studied stage design and theatre costume design at the DAMU in Prague. He attended training programmes on theatre and arts in the USA, UK and Germany.

His work for the set of Euripides’ The Phoenicians, directed by Nikos Charalambous, was selected and presented in 2005 at the 2005 World Scenography Exhibition in Toronto. The same set design was ranked by the London newspaper GUARDIAN, in its online edition on 31 January 2015 in an article entitled Get Set Go: Stunning Stage Designs from Around the World, among the 16 most impressive stage designs worldwide for the period 1990 – 2005.

He has also represented Cyprus in many events of the largest international scenography exhibition Prague Quadrennial (PQ) as a set designer and as a curator and designer of the Cyprus pavilion, as well as in the World Scenography Exhibition (WSD 2005) in Toronto and WSD 2009 in Seoul. In 2019, one of his scenic objects, the statue of the god Apollo from the production of Aeschylus’ Seven against Thebes (ΤΗΟC), was exhibited at the World Scenography Fair in Prague in the FRAGMENTS section, which hosted scenic objects created by set designers from various countries who are described as living legends.

As an artist he was involved in painting, mixed media and construction. He participated in many group exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad (Biennale of Youth in Marseille (1985), Contemporary Cypriot Painters in Brussels (1988), Pancyprian Exhibitions EKATE, Pancyprian Exhibition in Athens, Panhellenic Art Exhibition (1987) and others) as well as in dozens of solo exhibitions in Famagusta, Prague, Limassol, Nicosia and Piraeus. His works are in the Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art, the collection of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation, the collection of Luciano Benetton, the collection of Michalakis Zambellas and in many public and private collections in Cyprus and abroad.


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