Thursday, May 04, 2006
HAWAII and AUSTRALIA ( 1983 - 1996 )
...And you thought that Marialuisa had settled down in a remote South Pacific Island !!
In fact , from there too , she had to go ( a visa wouldn't last forever , if you are a foreigner with bright ideas .. ) and , the following year , 1983 , saw a dramatic change of lifestyle , if not of colours and surroundings ... The tourists go to Hawaii ( especially to the "Big Island ") , in search of peace and relaxation , and they are prepared to pay big money for a week in Paradise : the travel agents promote that destination as one of the most exclusive in the world ....but to the eyes of an artist , the 5-star hotels , which dot the pristine beaches , are only an inconvenience , a minor obstacle between her and the tropical lush of Nature at its best ! And , far from madding crowds , she rediscovered , there , a pleasure for simple , figurative paintings , where light and colours were the main protagonists .
Every now and again , upon commission , Marialuisa practised the art of portrait too , depicting every man ..and his dog !!
But , being a kind of "touristy" place , she didn't find it appropriate to exhibit her works , which she kept ... for the next destination : Australia , a country so huge and inviting , impossible to be missed by whom is a serious Nature-lover !
There , in the Art-Gallery at Noosa Junction and at the Harbour Gallery in Tewantin ( Queensland ) , she found the space she was looking for , not only metaphorically , and , helped by local fellow-artists , exposed two series of oils , which , oddly enough , were painted and inspired by trips in other countries ... like the one we show you here , definitely a Chinese rural landscape .
It was about time to go back to the roots ....
but we leave that for the next episode !!