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Art from the heart

Forty-five paintings by London-born artist Charlotte Conrad arrived recently by lorry from Berlin to be part of a show due to open at Corte-Real Gallery in Paderne during the weekend of January 28 and 29.

The abstract images are said to “express emotions that reflect a turbulent life”.

Charlotte Conrad was born to a French mother and German father who met in Beirut on the eve of the Lebanese Civil War in 1975.

By the time Charlotte was 17, she had lost a brother, her mother and her father in three separate tragic incidents.

Forced by circumstances to live with relatives in France, Majorca and then the United States, Charlotte’s need to paint was cathartic and instinctive.

Using art as an expressive tool she was able to explore and come to terms with her past.

Now based in Berlin, she qualified at Art School in Chicago where she was exposed to the work of the Chicago Imagists and was influenced by the Expressionist Movement founded by the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky.

During the opening weekend, complimentary wines and savouries will be provided.

A charge of €2 will be made and donated to a local charity.

The gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, from 11am until 5pm, is signposted from Boliqueime, Ferreiras and Paderne. Call 918 980 199 or 912 737 762.