Algarve Hotel Pool (2016)
Gouache painting by Stephen Abela


  • Gouache painting, Paper
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  • Size: 8 × 12 × 0.1 in (unframed) / 4 × 6 in (actual image size)
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Stephen Abela

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A view of a hotel pool in the Algarve, Portugal.
Painting the high life and other scenes of more accessible pleasure:
A slight variant on Slim Aarons quote: painting attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places almost sums it up. My painting is based on various sources, from vintage postcards, holiday photos, to film stills or a personal bank of images.
I have a particular interest in beach, pool and summer references. I like this subject-matter as it seems to allow me to deal with painting on many levels. I can play with an impressionist type colour palette, I can paint the figure. In Composition,
some beach/pool scenes are not unlike some Venetian and Baroque paintings,
Titian, Veronese..and so it has this historical dimension. I am also drawn to depictions of leisure as beach or pool is a place where people are partly naked yet unaware and in a 'natural' setting so in some way this subjectmatter is timeless. I am drawn on the otherhand to a nostalgic pleasure and it is difficult for me to seperate the two, nostalgia from the depiction of pleasure if not impossible. This intersection is what I find interesting.

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