URBAN LANDSCAPES Paintings
Ever since childhood I have been attracted to urban landscapes not only because of their aesthetic aspect, but also very much by the history behind them. When I visit other countries, other cities, the first impact I receive of course is visual, it is imposing and many times grandiose. But then the curiosity of the human history behind it joins the visual impact. Those walls have so much meaning and so many stories of the different peoples who inhabit and shared them. From generation to generation these dwellings evolve and the needs and desires of their people are imprinted in them, and that is what I see and paint. The paintings below belong to my exhibition Dwellings, and are in their majority urban landscapes of ancient towns in Spain and Portugal, countries from where 70% of my DNA comes from.
After a summer in France and Andalucía (south of Spain), I came home to Houston and started the series “Toits du Nord, Toits du Sud” (Roofs of the North, Roofs of the South) where I concentrated mainly on roofs which is what fascinated me the most in French architecture. I was also very captivated by the simplicity of lines, the very strong contrast between the brightness of the enormously tall white walls against the deep blue sky, and the contrast with the very dark and sharp shadows they spill on themselves and the roofs. I find these tall walls so impressive, as if they have almost a noble bearing. You look up to them, as if they always had a grand story to tell of their genteel beginnings, and the people who built and inhabited them.
To view SOLD Paintings of the URBAN LANDSCAPES Series click here. To view PUEBLOS BLANCOS Series click here.
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