AboutThe Alhambra, Granada is at the heart of this project which presents interrelated visual and musical compositions inspired by experiences of this intensely evocative location.
Since separate visits four years ago by Peter and Ann, an ongoing dialogue between musical and visual forms developed, cross-pollinating in a variety of ways, constantly challenging and regenerating independent interpretations which, like the Alhambra itself, have become multi layered in colour, mood and meaning.
Works in this exhibition explore the Alhambra at different times of year. The complex colour structures of architecture, foliage, water, pattern, light, and texture combine with thoughts of lives lived within its confines. Potential compositions, identified on site, gradually form as expressive equivalents in paint. A response to place, through line, edge, gesture, mark, contrasts in tone and hue, united within a compositional framework. This is a precarious, risk taking process. Many possibilities lie beneath the surface of each work, until a convincing motif finally reveals itself.
A substantial piano cycle called Arabesques" evolved alongside the works displayed in The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and the Foyer Gallery in Clothworkers Court. A number of its nine movements drew inspiration from the paintings