A meeting with the Artist.
It was with some trepidation that I accepted the invitation of a friend of mine to join him in a meeting with another old friend of his on a glorious Madeira February afternoon. The somewhat formal encounter was to be a quick rush to the senses. Firstly, as I had not associated the name of his friend, João Carlos, to the Secretary of Tourism, and secondly when I was welcomed into the Secretary's office to be overwhelmed by a sea of colour splashed across the walls. I was enchanted. Bewitched by the paintings before me. Like the hungry sailor who sees dry land after months at sea. I could not help noticing the resplendent use of red on one particular painting, mounted next to the only candelabrum in the room, and remarking immediately that that is the one I wanted to buy.
not for sale", replied the Tourism Secretary. "They will be
hanging in a New York exhibition next month. Many people have offered
to buy these works. But I cannot sell them". The look on his face
as a father to his children.
meeting continued and tumbled through various tourism issues, art chat
and friendly banter. Through
consultation of other issues with other members of staff in the tourism
offices and then back to the possible meaning in some of the paintings.
We spoke about the possible connotations of the content or subject matter
of the paintings, and why João Carlos had not given most of the
paintings any titles.