|"Muro No 2" Watercolour & ballpoint pen sketch.|
21cm x 30cm on paper $240.
Portugal is a country obsessed with ceramic title decoration on both buildings and pavements, each town all over the country has its own local pattern. Their overwhelming presence dominates your vision in downtown Lisbon, whole facades of buildings both old and new are covered with decoration becoming to the eye.
I was surprised to learn that many contemporary architects design their own title patterns for new buildings, so the art form is still very much alive.
This overwhelming intrusion into every day life not only brightens up urban landscape, but make it difficult for a stranger, particularly a visual one to ignore. Introduced into the country by the Moors in the 6th cent. the colour and vibrancy of tile decoration has been taken to heart by the Portuguese population.
It is wonderful that in this age of mass production that whole workshops and studios employing twenty to thirty artists are still kept busy designing and hand painting tiles.
Many are quite roughly worked ,while are others have a more controlled even mechanical finish.
Every one to their taste, but all have an individual presence.
|"Tomar No 2" Details Fragments Blog|
acrylic and sand on board 700x1000
Peter Kreet. $2400
The exhibition I held earlier this year titled "Fragments Of Memory" was greatly inspired by this Portuguese experience. I would spend many hours walking around its towns and cities making rough quick sketches of both the street scape and various patterns, their ceramic embellishment at times looking rather the worst for wear, but still showing a smiling face to the world.
Last week while going through a folder of work I came across a number of watercolour sketches made in Portugal from drawings and later developed into full scale paintings in the studio. As you can see from the examples shown I have not diligently transcribed the sketches into paintings, nor have the watercolours followed the original drawings. I try to make may work a living thing as life is always in a state of flux from one second to the next ,we never know what will happen next so I see no reason to make visual statement that have remained static.
This free approach has allowed me to place tiles were colour may be needed and to control the eye movements of a viewer. What ever the final outcome, I have shown a number of watercolour sketches along side finished paintings so you may to some extent follow their development. In addition as so often happens in our contemporary world [ mind you the ancient one was not much better] the public have made their contribution to the finished works.
Watercolour and pen on paper 21x30
Peter Kreet $240.
These tiles belong to a Moorish fountain in Sintra. This watercolour has not been developed into a finished painting.
Watercolour and pen on paper 21x30 $240.
I have introduced some defacement onto to titles as tends to happen to public art works over the years.
|Title defacement Tomar I have taken considerable liberty in the graffiti|
Watercolour sketch 21x30cm Peter Kreet
|"Fragments of Memory" Peter Kreet $240|
Watercolour sketch for painting by the same name.
In both works I have used a free random pattern to break up the more mechanical design of a formal treatment.
|"Fragments of Memory'|
see comments above and exhibition blog.
|Untitled watercolour on paper to date has not been developed further.|
|Untitled watercolour needing further development.|
|"Courtyard fish pond"|
Watercolour on paper experiment with shadow on title floor
|"Search for Time Past"|
acrylic on board [see Fragments Exhibition blog]
Watercolour on paper 21x30cm Peter Kreet
Further experiment of shadows onto tile walls with graffiti
Watercolour and pen sketch on paper 21x30cms.
Peter Kreet has not been developed further.
|"Church in Tomar'|
Watercolour on paper 21x30cms. $240
This is a reworking of a boarder pattern in a Romanesque church in Tomar. To date I have not taken the idea any further although I feel it has possibilities for a larger painting.
|"Image from the Past"|
acrylic and sand on board [see exhibition blog]
Many titled walls have been worked over or rended with concrete or other materials over time.
In addition I have introduces figures from Sumar
|Tomar Church pattern , Watercolour on paper still to be developed.|
Peter Kreet 21x30cms $240