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Promoting artisans and artists in Paderne

An exhibition of work by the Olhão-based artist Rachel Ramirez opens at the Corte-Real gallery over the weekend of September 17 and 18.

Rachel uses the Japanese technique known as gyotaku to create oriental prints of underwater plants and animals and examples of her work have previously been seen at museums and libraries in the USA, Japan, Egypt, Malaysia and Portugal as well as at the British Library and Tate Modern.

Originally from Kowloon in Hong Kong, Rachel now works from Olhão where she has access to marine species from the Ria Formosa natural park and her perfectly created images reflect an admiration for nature and a highly developed compositional skill.

Rachel Ramirez creating her gyotaku pieces.
Rachel Ramirez creating her gyotaku pieces.

Meanwhile, the gallery not only prides itself in promoting the works of international artists it also tries to promote works created by skilled artisans.The gallery recently acquired examples of antique finished Botticino marble tiles, handmade by Italian crafts experts and reminiscent of items from the Renaissance period, each including an imprinted image of an ancient map, a fruit, flower or decorative motif.

Many other artisans also work for the gallery making everything from chandeliers to sculpted figures while throughout the gallery there is written information provided relating to the artisans and artists making Corte-Real more akin to an art museum than a commercial gallery.

The Corte-Real gallery in Paderne is open from Thursday to Sunday between 11am and 5pm.

For further information, please call 918 980 199 or 912 737 762.