Barcelona – some architectural paintings

After visiting Barcelona a few years ago, rich in culture and design, Andrew produced some paintings from a viewpoint that particularly interested him.

 

Barcelona tejados
Barcelona rooftops, 2009, 60 x 60 cm.

The architecture is dominated by the influence of Gaudi, renowned for celebrating the organic form, and a major influence of the Art Nouveau movement. Most well known are the gardens at Park Güell, the Sagrada Familia – still a work in progress – and various city apartment buildings including La Pedrera, (Casa Mila).  These are some of the most popular sites for visitors and is a mecca for people studying architecture.

Sagrada

detail shot Sagrada Familia architecture

LaPedrera

View from La Pedrera rooftop

Considered by many as a must-have to see, it is an outstanding body of work leading on to inspire a larger movement in design and innovative thinking. The original Barcelona Pavilion, by the modernist architect Mies van der Rohe is a stunning early example of modern architecture, built for an exhibition in 1929  and demolished a year later.

Pabellon-Mies-van-der-Rohe
Pabellon-Mies-van-der-Rohe

As this was such a landmark building, a group of Spanish Architects arranged to have this reconstructed in 1986. For more information please see: http://www.miesbcn.com/en/outside.html

There are plenty of opportunities to view the city from a high position and Andrew was keen to take advantage of this to explore the relationship between the skyline and the rooftop landscape.

 

Red Rooftops, 2010, 50 x 50 cm.
Red Rooftops, 2010, 50 x 50 cm.

The images provided Andrew with the form and palette where he could consider the geometry and tones using a simple dialogue.

los tejados de Barcelona, 2009, 60 x 60 cm.
los tejados de Barcelona, 2009, 60 x 60 cm.

 

 

Barcelona has a vibrancy to it, not just limited to its arts scene, as it is well-known as a social destination, which, in turn, feeds back into its artistic heritage.

For further information, please see: http://www.andrewholmes.co.uk/AB_Holmes/home.html

 contact Andrew at: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

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