I have finally found and moved into a new studio in Valencia. It is the neighborhood of Ruzafa with a vibrant art and cafe scene. The studio is located on Calle Puerto Rico on the ground floor in the blue building:
I am sharing the space with local artist and art professor at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Amalia Martinez. We have scheduled our first open studio for November 19. Here I am working on my new paintings:
Here is Amalia working on one of her large portraits:
Since living in Valencia, Spain the buildings have become part of my daily narrative. The original architecture with Juliet balconies, wooden shutters and intricate plasterwork fight with the newer contemporary buildings. It seems that after years of tearing down neglected but characteristically Spanish buildings, people are starting to realize the importance of preserving the authenticity that gives this city its identity. My new paintings are a reflection of this dichotomy; the compositions are being informed by the local architecture with all its shapes and textures. The imagery in my new work, titled Nasoki, has taken the form of aerial views of a cityscape or piles of beams of fallen buildings. The palette also reflects the colors of Spanish tiles and the relationship between the intricate details of their patterns. After four months of living and working here, I still cannot help but look up at every red light.
Here are the first paintings I have completed in my new studio:
Nasoki 5, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 in., 100 x 100 cm.
Nasoki 6, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 in., 70 x 100 cm.