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“El viejo barco”

July 29, 2011

"El viejo barco" (The Old Boat), oil on linen, 80x130cm

My new painting “El viejo barco” (The Old Boat) was born almost casually from a day out exploration of the Valencian coastline and inner land. This time I did not sketch the idea first and then looked for real life reference material, as I normally do for the other paintings, but I got the input directly from reality and the “touristic” pictures that I took that day.

I first took pictures of a stretch of coast where tall new buildings are being built to host holiday housings, then, later on, I found this old rusty boat proudly standing in the middle of a roundabout in my way back to Valencia and I took more pictures of it. I found it poetic and I thought that I could use it in a painting. Later on, back in London, I decided to place the old boat in front of the newly built holiday city to produce a nostalgic, melancholic contrast. The boat, stranded in a sea of sand, is symbolic, works as a metaphor, bringing to mind feelings of inadequacy, abandonment, solitude and isolation.

the original picture

ESPAÑOL:

Mi nuevo cuadro “El viejo barco” nació casi casualmente de un día ocioso de exploración de la costa valenciana y de su interior. Esta vez no he partido de una idea esbozada para luego buscar material de referencia visual en la realidad, como normalmente hago en los otros cuadros, sino que he recibido la inspiración directamente de la realidad y de las fotos “turísticas” que tomé ese día.

Primero tomé fotos de una extensión de costa donde en el horizonte se erigen altos edificios de nueva construcción para pisos de vacaciones, luego, en coche, encontré este barco oxidado y decrépito situado justo en el medio de una rotonda, lo encontré poético y me paré para tomarle fotos. De vuelta a Londres decidí pintar el viejo barco en frente a la ciudad de nueva construcción en la costa para producir un contraste nostálgico y melancólico. El barco, que yace encallado en un mar de arena, es para mí simbólico, funciona como metáfora y sugiere sentimientos de inadecuación, abandono, soledad y aislamiento.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 29, 2011 15:44

    Did the boat run away from home?

  2. July 29, 2011 16:58

    Oh you’re such a talented painter! That painting is truly breathtaking! Wow! :D

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