After visiting Barcelona a few years ago, rich in culture and design, Andrew produced some paintings from a viewpoint that particularly interested him.
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.
detail shot Sagrada Familia architecture
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.
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.
The images provided Andrew with the form and palette where he could consider the geometry and tones using a simple dialogue.
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.
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