New exhibitions at Corte Real

A new ongoing exhibition of paintings by Christopher Rainham opens next week at the Corte Real gallery, near Paderne

The artist, who is known for his depictions of birds, said: “Many of my paintings are about the birds that frequent my garden. Other paintings are more lyrical and could be about angels or mermaids.

“Music, poetry, the natural world, pattern, animals, lyrics in songs, all of these things are starting points for my creativity.”

Christopher Rainham was recently short listed for the John Moore Art Award in Britain and this is the first time that his work has been seen in Portugal, although he has already exhibited throughout England and Scotland.

Artist Joe Webster and examples of his work.
Artist Joe Webster and examples of his work.

Considered to be an unpretentious artist with a genuine interest in all aspects of animal welfare, his small paintings of single, duo or trios of birds are described by Corte Real as “delightful”.

There will also be larger examples of his works containing as many as 30 birds on each piece and each having its own individual expression and body language.

The exhibition will be opened over the weekend of August 20 and 21 with guests able to enjoy wines from the Barranco Longo winery near Algoz as well as delicacies provided by Jonnie Pratt from Bistro des Z’ Artes.

Meanwhile, artist Joe Webster will also be showing examples of his work in an ongoing exhibition at Corte Real. Joe spent his childhood and early adult life in the Algarve where he developed his instinctive artistic talents and observational skills.

A professional artist and the head of art at Sidmouth College in Devon, he continues to be inspired by the Algarve and his latest exhibition records his most recent visit to the region.