Retrospective Exhibition by the Great 96 year old Painter and Sculptor Les Palin at Diachroniki Gallery on Monday 17.10.22 7.30p.m.

Dear Friends,

You are invited to a Retrospective Exhibition by the Great Painter and Sculptor Les Palin

Opening Monday 17.10.22 at 7.30pm

Duration 17.10. – 12.11.22

Open daily 10.00 – 19.00


Γεννήθηκε από Άγγλους γονείς το 1926 στην Ινδία και μετακόμισε στην Αγγλία το 1945. Μεταξύ 1956 – 1966 σπούδασε Ζωγραφική , part-time, στο Sir John Cass College.
To 1972 ένα απο τα έργα του επιλέγη και εκτέθηκε στην Καλοκαιρινή Έκθεση της Βασιλικής Ακαδημίας. Ακολούθως αρκετά άλλα έργα του επιλέγηκαν για την πιο πάνω έκθεση.
Μεταξύ 1981-1984 φοίτησε στο Saint Albans Art School στον κλάδο της Γλυπτικής και Ζωγραφικής. Το 1987 συνέχισε τις σπουδές του στην Ζωγραφική στο πανεπιστήμιο του Middlesex μέχρι το 1991, όπου κέρδισε το βραβείο Ian Fraser στο Σχέδιο δύο φορές . Μεγάλη επιτυχία είχαν οι μετέπειτα εκθέσεις του στο International Art Consultants, Dockstreet Gallery, και την Llewellyn Lloyd Gallery στο Waterloo.
Η τέχνη του Les Palin επιρεάζεται απο σημαντικούς ζωγράφους και γλύπτες της Δυτικής Ευρώπης : Οι υδατογραφίες του απο τους Turner, Cezanne και Nolde. Οι ελαιογραφίες απο τους Vlamnick, Derain και τους Γερμανούς Εξπρεσιονιστές. Τα γλυπτά απο τους Πραξιτέλη, Φειδία και Πολύκλειτο.
Ο καλλιτέχνης κατοικεί στην Κύπρο και Αγγλία, και ελπίζει να επεκτείνει τον χρόνο παραμονής του στην Κύπρο, όπου τον ελκύουν το φώς, τα ζεστά χρώματα, το τοπίο, και οι φιλόξενοι άνθρωποι της.


Born to British parents in India in 1926 he went to England in 1945. In 1956 he enrolled to The Sir John Cass College, where he studied art part-time until 1966.
In 1972 one of his paintings was accepted and hung at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition; subsequently more of his paintings were accepted to this exhibition.
In 1981 he joined The Saint Albans Art School, where he studied Sculpture and Art for three years. Βetween 1987-1991 he studied Art at the University of Middlesex, where he won twice The Ian Fraser drawing prize. Subsequently he exhibited with considerable success at International Art Consultants , Dockstreet Gallery, and the Llewellyn Lloyd Gallery in Waterloo.
Les Palin’s art is influenced by important Western European painters and sculptors: His watercolours by Turner, Cezanne and Nolde; his oils by Vlamnick, Derain and the German Expressionists; his sculpture by Praxiteles, Phidias and Polycletus.
The artist resides in both England and Cyprus and hopes to live in Cyprus for longer periods of time as he is drawn to the light, the warm colours, the landscape, and the generous hospitality of its people.


When I last spoke to Les Palin he talked freely about his work and the artists who influenced him. He spoke passionately about the water colours of Turner, Cezanne and Japanese painters such as Hokusai, Utamaro and Hiroshige.
He had studied the drawings of Renaissance and the paintings of Dutch and North Western artists, amongst whom were Rembrandt, Schiele, Klimt, and Reubens. Drawing is the probity of his art, as can be seen in his drawings of women. It is clear how much he appreciates the sheer bounty and beauty of the female form. Here you see the movement, rhythm, form and mass depicted in the charcoal drawings of Suzi, Cathy, and other unknown women immortalized by the skill of a passionate artist.
Les is also a consummate water colourist. His colours – bright, vivid and joyous, evoke the atmosphere and environment of the place, whether it is Cyprus or any other country.
Perhaps the most arresting works are his bronzes, reminiscent of those of Degas, which have a monumental quality.
Without doubt he is an artist of the world – cosmopolitan, and he cannot be categorized as an artist of one country.
Most of the paintings of women in Cyprus are those whom he rubs shoulders with at the Bania in Paphos.
He spends part of his working life in Paphos and the rest in his native London, where he has a studio.