A collection of new works after returning to the Sunshine Coast, still referencing my pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in 2017, including a few remaining paintings from my exhibition in Santiago de Compostela in 2018. I have also begun a collection which will express my love of the local surrounding Australian bush.
EXHIBITION:‘Postcards from the Camino’ A collection of 20 paintings being exhibited from my studio/gallery opening 21 July, 2019 until 29 July 2019. Now the exhibition is complete, the remaining paintings below which are not marked as sold will still be on display in my studio/gallery. For private viewings any day, please call to let me know you are coming: 0419 745 672
After a busy six months travelling and painting throughout the region of Galicia, I am finally ready for the opening of my exhibition celebrating the Galician culture, people and landscape, in the city of Santiago de Compostela. A collection of 19 paintings depicting the stunning scenery, agriculture, food, wine and simple lifestyle of Galician people are on display until September 22, 2018.
Below is a copy of my Artist Statement in Galego, Espanol and English. Also, some videos and photographs from the opening night. For images of individual paintings, find ‘New Art Work’ in the menu bar. For Press Release, newspaper articles, find ‘Press ‘ in the menu bar. To read about previous exhibitions find ‘Biography’
Videos below, press play arrow in the middle, then arrows to the side to see next video and photographs….
The preparation and organisation for a solo exhibition cannot be achieved without the help and support of many people. Firstly, I would like to thank the Fundacion Araguaney for providing this opportunity for me to exhibit and learn so much about the culture and people of Galicia. I could never have imagined the richness of this whole experience and I know I will enjoy many special memories forever. The help Monica and Miguel have given and continue to give me, including visa applications, storing paintings, translations and the marketing of this exhibition, is overwhelming…..thank you.
I also send many thanks to Alicia from Decor & Art, for storing my very large paintings for the last few months. A hire car soon runs out of room with all our luggage and painting equipment too. Much support has come from local businesses in Santiago by displaying my exhibition flyers, for which I am also very grateful. This already has been an extremely successful exhibition for me, receiving many positive responses from the local Galicians, including a few sales already. The general comments seem to confirm that I have indeed captured the important elements of the culture of Galicia. I look forward to hearing more feedback over the next two weeks until September 22 on closing.
Lastly, I could never complete this experience without the love and support of my husband, family and friends…..thank you. It was extra special to share the celebrations with my son and his partner, who stayed with us for a few days from Australia.
For those of you who would like to know more about the Fundacion Araguaney, their website is: www.fundacionaraguaney.com. Last week the Fundacion coordinated a cinema festival in Pontevedra which was a wonderful success, check their website for details.
Born in Lalin, Galicia, Laxeiro emigrated with his mother and brother to join his father in Cuba in 1921. After returning to Lalin in 1925, he worked as a barber while continuing his drawing and dedication to nature. His return to Galicia coincided with the beginning of the Renovating art movement, which included artists such as: Souto, Torres, Maside and Seoane. The ‘Renovators’ were characterised by a return to figuration with an approach to Modernity, using simple structured forms. In relation to the nationalist sentiment, they were expressing their visions and solutions for Galician society.
A series of paintings by Laxeiro depicting myths and legends of Galicia, consisted of volumetric forms using expressionistic brushstrokes with the aesthetics of Romanesque sculpture. These forms were heavily influenced by the classical period of Picasso during the first World War. The above painting is from one of his most experimental stages and was included in the exhibition of 2008 at the Museo do Pobo Galego in Santiago de Compostela.
In the 1940’s Laxeiro featured characters moving between reality and fiction, relating to the world of mythology. They generally represented a joy to life and living…………leading to colourful narrative compositions.
ART GALLERY/MUSEUMS SANTIAGO de COMPOSTELA:
If you want to see more of Laxeiro and other Galician artists, these are two very good museums/galleries located in Santiago de Compostela.
1. Galeria de Arte Jose Lorenzo: Praza do Toural, 9 Santiago de Compostela.
This is a lovely large gallery with a comprehensive range of Laxeiro’s paintings and drawings, including publications.
2. Museo do Pobo Galego: San Domingos de Bonaval, s/n Santiago de Compostela.
This museum is housed in a beautiful 13th century convent, displaying letters, a library and contemporary exhibitions. This week contemporary dance performances and workshops were available.
An exhibition depicting the key elements of the culture of Galicia, seen through my eyes and experiences during the passed six months of painting throughout the region. I have attempted to include a variety of landscapes, still life paintings and agricultural representations in my exhibition. The exhibition also includes three paintings from my experiences walking the Camino de Santiago in 2017, which inspired me to return to paint this collection.
La artista profesional australiana Leonie Walton expone su obra pictórica en la Fundación Araguaney-Puente de Culturas. Durante los últimos cinco meses, Leonie ha estado en aldeas, tanto de costa como de interior, pintando lo que en su opinión constituyen los elementos esenciales de la cultura gallega. Esta exposición es una muestra de Galicia vista a través de los ojos de una visitante interesada en debatir acerca de estos elementos y de sus inolvidables experiencias con el público.
La exposición, titulada “Celebrando a Cultura Galega”, se inaugurará mañana martes, día 4 de septiembre, a las 20:00 horas en la galería de arte de la Fundación (Hotel Eurostars Araguaney, calle Alfredo Brañas, 5) y se podrá visitar hasta el próximo 22 de septiembre.
“A pesar de la dureza de su paisaje, durante más de dos mil años los gallegos han forjado una increíble forma de vida a través de su agricultura, pesca, gastronomía, música y leyendas”
Tras completar el Camino de Santiago en 2017, la artista regresa a Galicia para crear una amplia colección de pinturas en la que rinde homenaje a la cultura y paisaje gallegos. Mientras estuvo peregrinando por el norte de España durante seis semanas, Leonie no dejaba de asombrarse con los increíbles colores del campo. A medida que el Camino progresaba, sintió una intensa conexión con la naturaleza y un profundo respeto por la gente que conoció en las aldeas rurales. Cuanto más caminaba, más lento pasaba el tiempo y tuvo una revelación: cuando la vida es demasiado ajetreada, pasamos por alto y perdemos la esencia de vivir.
“En Galicia todavía hay un sentimiento de permanencia, donde mucha gente vive como hace 50 años. Una vida sencilla, con tiempo para valorar la importancia de la familia, la naturaleza y preservando su cultura tan especial. A pesar de la dureza de su paisaje, durante más de dos mil años los gallegos han forjado una increíble forma de vida a través de su agricultura, pesca, gastronomía, música y leyendas” –explica la artista–.
My solo art exhibition for Santiago de Compostela is finally ready. After five months of painting in Galicia, Spain, I have completed a collection of paintings which I feel are a celebration of the unique culture of the region. The works will be exhibited in the Gallery of Hotel Araguaney in Santiago de Compostela……..the home of the Camino. My paintings will be exhibited between September 4 (opening 20:00) until September 22nd, opening hours and address are on the invitation below. If you are a local Galician, I am looking forward to meeting you and discussing what elements of your culture are important for you. If you are a visitor to the area, like myself, I hope you can enjoy learning about the culture and landscape of Galicia, which I love so much.
I will be available for the opening on September 4 and all the opening hours of the gallery, if you would like to discuss my paintings of the wonderful region of Galicia.
SANTIAGO de COMPOSTELA
The city of Santiago de Compostela is a beautiful city with many historic buildings and museums to visit. Because the older centre of town is a confusing network of narrow and busy streets, it has taken me many visits to find some interesting art galleries for inspiration.
Next post, I will give you a list of great galleries and places to visit, even if you are only here for 2 or 3 days. I will also discuss some remarkable Galician artists of the past and current time.