Recalling the serenity contributed by our contemplation of what has gone on before, from the most personal intimacy, is the essence of this work, inspired by the sonnet of the same name by Portuense poet Jose Luis Tejada Peluffo now deceased, to whose memory it is dedicated.
Leyendo unas cartas viejas. Published by P. A.C.
Musical Solitude (Soledad musicada), 2000.
Oil on wood.
130 x 97 cm.
… ”By the immense sea of my soul.“
(Jesus Tejada Romero).
Reading Old Letter
It is not in vain that the size of the neck scroll of this beautiful viola recalls the bowsprits of ancient ships enmeshed in melancholy siren songs.
The perishable existence of chestnut tree leaves appears to contrast with the enduring nature of the music, expressed in the score. The durability of a work of art versus the extinct life of the artist.
The minting of this term to define the style of my painting production was due to the fact that the appearance of certain elements in each work is not fortuitous. Quite the contrary, they respond to a prior selection for exercise as mere keys to an internal proper language that lead to deciphering a message which seeks to go beyond amiable aesthetic contemplation.
Thus dry leaves symbolise the inexorable passage of time, the end of all things earthly, the reliable result of a major Baroque influence. This concept is repeated in several works, for example: Premonition (Presentimiento), Reading Old Letters (Leyendo unas cartas viejas) or Musical Solitude (Soledad musicada).
In the wood titled Rose, anecdotally the real name of the model, the petalless rose represents not only femininity and lost innocence, but also responds to a well- known phrase by poet Federico Garcia Lorca, "Youth is a rose that dies." The plant which appears in the right background, popularly known as Adam’s Rib, symbolises the masculine.
The Party (La Fiesta), 2001
Oil on wood.
100 x 81 cm.
The female figure with the foreshortened face covers her back with a Manila shawl, apparel appropriate to festive occasions. Her head is adorned with a Peruvian lily. Given that bullfighters dream about "doing the Américas", where bullfighting fans are widely extended, it is the flower of success.
The pendant of golden coins, symbol of the wealth one hopes to achieve, with neither heads nor tails, such as the death which is faced in every bullfight. Two bulls along both sides flank the figure: Talent scratches the Earth while Will, proud with its head raised high, watches the front, both virtues necessary for triumph.
November, Laurel and Jasmine (Noviembre, laurel y jazmín), 1998.
Oil on wood.
100 x 90 cm.
This work was conceived for the Official Doctors Association of the city of Seville, a commission which I could not complete.
The doctor is always the hope of the patient. This painting represents a tribute to science and to the image of the doctor as the guardian of health.
In the wood titled Rose, anecdotally the real name of the model, the petalless rose represents not only femininity and lost innocence, but also responds to a well- known phrase by poet Federico Garcia Lorca, "Youth is a rose that dies." The plant which appears in the right background, popularly known as Adam’s Rib, symbolises the masculine