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  • Writer's pictureAudrey Bowling

Hispanic Architecture

Updated: Apr 26, 2020

You will have seen in my sketches that I quite like the different shapes you get in architecture and travelling also allows the significance of some buildings to sink in. These are in the same mixed-media print style as my Tintern series, but focus on architecture in Cuba and Spain.

The tall tower in Valle de Los Ingenios in Cuba is now a visitor attraction because it dominates the area and you get good views when you climb it. Its past is not so attractive. An overseer's tower, it allowed the overseer of the sugar plantation to keep an eye on the slaves in the fields.

The other building in some of the pictures is part of what is now the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC) in Seville. The complex has an unusual history. It started life in the 15th century as a Franciscan monastery, was used as barracks during the Napoleonic invasion and although the monks returned after, it was closed during the Desamortización de Mendizábal in 1835-36 when church property was confiscated. In 1841 it became a ceramics factory and production continued until 1984. This is one of the kilns from that time. It was declared a national monument in 1964 and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC) was created in February 1990. When you visit the Arts centre, you also get to see the architecture from the many different phases of its life. It is a place to which I would love to return.

These are all available, please contact me for details of size and price ( Currently only the top centre 'Overseer's Tower' is framed (details on my gallery page), the others are mounted but not framed. Mounted giclée prints of Overseer's Tower are also available.

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