Artists inspired by Algarve light

news: Artists inspired by Algarve light

AN EXHIBITION of work by six accomplished female artists is currently taking place at the Slave Market in Lagos. They are Gabriela Clark, Lynne Keighley, Kate Kinnair, Caroline Wood, Sue Rubira and Jill Parkinson.

Gabriela Clark, who studied at the Oxford University of Fine Art, specialises in painting watercolours outside, ‘en pleine aire’. Her spontaneous pictures capture the essence of the Algarve and include sunlit farmhouses, doors and windows, seascapes and wild flowers. Gabriela teaches weekly watercolour classes near Burgau.

Lynne Keighley paints in watercolour, a medium she feels truly captures the light here in the Algarve. Lynne has previously exhibited in Lagos and Praia da Luz. Her work is also on permanent display in the Picturesque Gallery in Luz.

Kate Kinnair has been a resident in the Algarve since 1999 and is based in the Lagos area. She paints in watercolours to produce images typical of the region, which are generally painted on location. Her paintings have regularly been exhibited in the Slave Market.

Caroline Wood has had a home in Portugal for over 10 years and moved here permanently in 2002. In the early 90s, she completed a City and Guilds course in Interior Design and Decorative Paint Techniques. When she came to Portugal, she took up watercolour painting under the expert tutelage of Gabriela Clarke. For the past few years, she has exhibited in the Slave Market and in various restaurants. Caroline tries to keep her paintings free and loose, thereby maintaining a freshness that captures the clarity of the light here.

Sue Rubira, M.A. Royal College of Art, is renowned in the UK and the Algarve for her remarkable watercolours of gypsies, market sellers and donkeys. Her detailed, top quality work is much sought after. Sue teaches watercolour courses in the UK.

Jill Parkinson paints in watercolour, acrylic and pastel and her Algarve landscapes and seascapes are vibrant and richly atmospheric. She exhibits throughout the year in the UK and Lagos.

• The exhibition is open daily, from 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 10pm, and runs until June 30.