Bullfight paintings exhibition at the bullring

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In my last post I said I would publish some more photos from my bullfight paintings exhibition last year, at the bullring in Turre (Almeria, Spain), this charming little town where we live. I had got the special authorisation from our mayor for that, to be honest I had expected it to be denied as I applied, only 2 days before!The fact is they had never been confronted with such a petition in our town hall… but our mayor is a modern man, he even made sure himself that I got the space I needed, just by the entrance.

We don’t have a real bullring here in Turre, so on some important occasions, like the town fiesta in October every year, a mobile arena has to be constructed. Of course, it is just a tiny one, but I must say that I adored to ‘participate’ in the bullfight there. It was quite intimate, and of course the ambience was great, a bullfight here being quite a rare event..

0810 toros en fuegoIt was quite hilarious as the fire engine arrived and parked just by my exhibition. It really looked as if they were expecting that some anti-bullfight fanatics would arrive and set my paintings on fire!

0810 horses bulls and firemenOn the other side of the fire engine… I guess they were the horses from the picadores…

0810 JCB horsesIn fact there were horses everywhere outside the bullring, before the bullfight started. I suppose they had no room to “park” them inside the mobile arena. ..

0810 bulls in Turre

and this is where the bulls were parked, at the back of the arena, inside the lorry which brought them., waiting for their appearance on stage… and their death, unfortunately. I can tell you, there was a lot of restless movement and banging inside there, quite scary! Always sad when one thinks that these beautiful wild animals, so full of energy, will be killed within 10 minutes after the beginning of the fight. I must say that I suffer much more under this thought than under the sight of them being killed… It somehow makes me more conscious of the occasional unfairness of life and death…

I once had the opposite experience. I was invited to go to “the butchery” (I don’t know the right word), inside the arena, just after a bull was killed which I had just seen fighting. It was a deep existentialist shock, to see  this wild animal which had fought so bravely some minutes ago, hanging there by his feet and being skinned… I will never forget this!

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My Last Toroscape (#43)

Featuring our local matador “Jesus Almeria”

By the way this painting is nspired from a photo I took myself in October 2008 art a corrida in Turre. I had rceived a speicla permission from the town hall to make a bullfight painting exhibition in front of the bull ring, begore the fiesta begins. I had never dome something like that before, and I doubt, many others had either!

The heroe of the day, Jesus Almeria, went through the exhibition with his team, and complimented me. Kevin insisted to take a photo…

I will show you in my next post dome more photos from this exhibition, as it was really folkloric!

0810 Jesus Almeria and Miki

Inauguration du nouvel atelier Toro – 2 –

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by Miki, May 2009 – Acrylics on canvas, 100 x 50 cm

One of my 2009 new series on bullfight acrylics paintings on canvas… I love these extreme vertical formats, quite a challenge though to fit in the bll and the bullfighter… one has to cut parts, but when one cuts at the right place (no blood!), the result can be very striking…

Inauguration du nouvel atelier Toro – 1 –

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by Miki, May 2009 – Acrylique sur toile, 100 x 50 cm

Enfin j’ai pu me remettre à la peinture sur toile! Depuis mon déménagement l’été dernier j’étais privée de mon atelier pour grands formats, et je trouvais réduite à peindre sur papier ou sur toiles miniatures. Non pas que je n’aime pas, non. J’adore le papier, surtout le beau papier beaux arts, c’est un immense plaisir de travailler dessus å l’aquarelle ou à la gouache. Mais bon, des fois, j’ai besoin d’avoir plus de place pour mes folies artistiques, et j’ai aussi besoin de sentir les pinceaux glisser sur la toile… c’est un sentiment tout autre que le papier, plus profond, plus physique. Alors voila, l’endroit convoité depuis des mois pour installer mon nouvel atelier est enfin acquierti, et je n’ai pas tardé une seconde pour me mettre au travail., les corridas étant bien sur LE thème idéal pour commencer. D’abord parce qu’une corrida en grand format çà rend plus justice à la majesté de la fiesta, et puis aussi parce que mes clients en veulent. Du Toro sur toile, c’est çà qu’ils préfèrent! A part les Anglais, qui eux restent fidèles aux peintures aquarelles plus délicates et plus pastels…

Bref, je viens de terminer 2 formats panoramiques verticaux… je suppose que cela ne s’appelle pas comme çà, alors si quelqu’un ici connait le vrai terme… j’adore ce genre de formats extrêmes, verticaux ou horizontaux. Pas toujours facile d’y mettre la corrida dedans, mais je crois que, dans les 2 cas cela m’a bien réussi… et non, je n’ai pas honte de me faire des compliments a moi-même!!!

Je présenterai le second la prochaine fois… si je n’oublie pas!

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Toroscape 31, by Miki

Toroscape 31, by Miki - "Juan Jose Padilla rime avec alegria !"

I am happy and proud to present today my first Toroscape based on a wonderful photo taken by my favourite bullfight reporter, my French friend Joel D., at the Feria de Arles in April 2009.

Thank you again, Joël, for this great inspiration and… keep on making such great photos!!!

by Miki

Vendredi 10 avril 2009 – Arles : mano a mano…

Juan Bautista

Juan Bautista

Cet après-midi, les arènes sont pleines. Quand le paseo commence, une ovation salue l’entrée des 2 toreros français : Juan Bautista l’Arlésien et Sébastien Castella le Biterrois. Malgré le respect mutuel, c’est une réelle compétition qui réunit ces 2 maestros : qui sera le meilleur pour cette 1ère grande corrida de la féria ? En 2007, à Madrid, ils ont triomphé tous deux face au Roi d’Espagne. Aurons-nous la chance de revivre un aussi grand moment ?
Beaucoup ont regretté que les toros de Domingo Hernandez n’aient pas été à la hauteur de l’événement ; les faenas seront trop tributaires des toros et comme l’a dit le Président du club taurin « La muleta », il ne suffit pas d’avoir des figuras… Néanmoins, de belles choses se dérouleront, chacun ayant à cœur de démontrer son talent. 3 oreilles chacun, une égalité parfaite.
En ce qui me concerne, seule la fraîcheur humide des arènes m’a fait frissonner…

Sebastian Castella

Sebastian Castella

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par Joël D.

Bullfight online… ole!

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I have opened

“Miki’s Mart”

my online shop, where you can buy on-line many different products featuring my bullfighting art work (and my other artwork too!):

Original paintings

Giclee prints

Calendars

Mugs

Greeting Cards

Posters

For the moment I have put on sale only about 30 products, but I will regularly add more. When you are interested in a product featuring one of my paintings which you have seen in one of my websites but not in Miki’s Mart, please drop me a line at

miki@goodaboom.com

Thanks for visiting anyway!

La corrida, un truc de vieux appelé à disparaître ?

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Les jeunes n’aiment plus la corrida

On entend parfois  que la corrida va disparaître naturellement puisque les jeunes spectateurs d’aujourd’hui désertent les arènes au profit des concerts et des stades de foot. Ainsi, ce « spectacle barbare » serait tout doucement en train de mourir de sa belle mort, il n’en aurait plus que pour deux ou trois générations.

Un dessin d’ABC

Ce débat, lui, n’est pas tout jeune. Rappelons-nous ce dessin fameux publié dans un ABC d’il y a une vingtaine d’années – ou plus peut-être, le temps passe si vite ! On y voyait une arène comble de spectateurs fervents en train d’attendre la sortie du taureau, alors que, surgissant du trou noir du couloir, arrivait en plein soleil sous les vivas… un ballon de foot ! Une génération plus tard, la tauromachie ne s’est jamais aussi bien portée. Les fauves qui jaillissent du couloir provoquent toujours la sourde et puissante exclamation du public saluant la sauvagerie, la force et la beauté du toro bravo.

Les jeunes vont vieillir !

En réalité, la seule inéluctable certitude est que les jeunes d’aujourd’hui sont les moins jeunes de demain. Or le goût de l’art classique, la volonté d’exalter ses racines et le plaisir de la nostalgie croissent avec l’âge, c’est bien connu. C’est ainsi que depuis des siècles des millions de jeunes Espagnols ont découvert la tauromachie sur le tard et sont devenus des aficionados experts et enthousiastes. Conclusion, nos jeunes rockers prendront un jour ou l’autre, c’est sûr, le chemin des arènes et nous verrons encore souvent l’affiche « No hay billete » orgueilleusement placardée sur les murs des plazas.

De la confiture de fraise

Les anti-taurins ne vont pas disparaître non plus, et c’est tant mieux. Leurs actions sont formidables, ils doivent absolument persister. En effet, c’est un régal pour l’œil de s’attarder sur les photos de presse prises lors de leurs manifestations, et il serait dommage de ne plus pouvoir admirer toutes ces jeunes femmes absolument nues, le corps barbouillé de confiture de fraise…

Par Bernard F.

Red

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“Tired”

In my last post I was writing about the use of the colour blue in my bullfight paintings, which seems to be quite unusual. Some people categorically don’t like it as they think that bullfight must spin around warm colours, others like it because it is unusual, and some  perhaps need time to get used to it…

A few days later, I received the following mail:

” Hello, my name is Tom. I am from England. I am taking GCSE art on the subject of red and have themed it all around bullfighting and Spanish culture. For my project I need an artist study and through research on the internet found your home site and its greatly interesting and your works have significantly influenced how i plan to do my final piece. I was wondering whether you would mind if i could complete my artist study on you and your pieces.

Gracias

Kind regards”

Honestly, I  quite often receive mails from young students, who like my art so much that they want to write their final work about  me. This is always a great moment for me, as I believe that one can be very proud to be able to inspire young people.

But this one was a very special joy for me. I feel quite close to the whole bull and bullfight world, not only with my art but with my heart too. Although I understand the people who are against it or even hate it, I always feel very sad when they attack it without even knowing what they are speaking about. To meet a young man, who comes from a different culture, and chooses bullfight to make his final work on it is simply GREAT!

I was so touched that I asked Tom to tell me a little bit more about his project and which bullfight painting of mine he more associates with “Red”.  He was kind enough to send me the following answer:

“… The subject of Red was one offered by the exam body but elaboration on the subject was left entirely to the student. For me the typically red bull fighter’s cape links bullfighting to the title. My idea is that the colour red, as a hot colour, can often symbolise anger which could be present in the bull, and red can also reflect blood spilt in the manner of fighting. So far I have completed primary studies on the way red fabric flows mimicking the red cape, and many secondary studies, using different media, of matadors and bulls. While originally I intended to emphasize the red of the cape and any blood present I have begun to extend the red beyond the cape to become the principle colour of the matador, the bull and even surrounding landscape. In this I am attempting to bring the anger and heat through as well as depicting the scene, and of course, it remains close to the title.

The painting I associate most with red is “Tired” fundamentally because reds and oranges
are the main colours, but also my personal interpretation is the sate of the bull reflects how its weaking and links to the blood spilt in the fight. I have been studying Spanish for a number of years and intend to take it for A-level next year, other than France, Spain is the only place I have been on holiday and I love the culture. However I have not yet had the chance to view a bullfight so my direct link to it is somewhat limited… “

I want here to thank Tom for his direct, wonderful contribution to my blog, and for giving me the hope back,  that bullfight will not die… Many people argue, that bullfight will automatically die by lack of spectators within 1 or 2 generations… perhaps not? Are perhaps our young people from today more tolerant?

Well, I shall write a post soon about the death of bullfight…

A question of Taste…

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In my last post I told you (in French, sorry…) about an acrylic bullfight painting which is standing unfinished on my easel in my new bathroom converted into an atelier. I will finish it, at some point, but in the meanwhile I decide to make some work on it with the computer, and here is the result, one more from the series “Toroscapes”.

I changed quite a lot of the initial colours, opting for blue/green instead of red/orange… my brother, who normally loves my bullfight paintings, told me once that he does not like it at all when I put a lot of blue or green in these paintings.

I am myself not a fan of the so-called cold colours, but when one paints so many bullfight themes as I do, and stay true to the traditional colours which one kind of associates to corrida, there comes a point when one cannot see these colours anymore! I am quite close to this point right now!

But anyway: as always, a question of taste!

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