Cachoeira de Afonso – E.F Shute

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I first came across this painting while in MASP; an art gallery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and immediately fell in love with it. I had previously spent the summer travelling to different countries and experiencing new cultures, and this painting summed up exactly how travelling made me feel. The figures in the painting look small against the landscape, being enveloped in their surroundings, but they did not look out of place, they looked comfortable, as though they belonged there. Each place I visit, I manage to find an area where I feel so small compared to the rest of the world, but at the same time, feel as though I am meant to be there; that I could stay there for hours on end and still be content. I have chosen this painting as my starting point for my subject work for this year so I can explore the sublime through landscape more intensely, after being inspired by this artist.


Summer 2016

Over the summer, I travelled to 14 countries around the world and gained so much experience, learning about different cultures and seeing new artists. Each country taught me something new and increased my ambition to travel. Below are photos of my travels with an occasional explanation as to why I find them relevant to my art course.

Sweden (Gothenburg):


Denmark (Copenhagen) – Tivoli opening night had a firework display which was perfectly in sync with a piece of classical music which created a beautiful and impressive atmosphere. The entire show was a creative masterpiece that is a once in a lifetime experience:


Morocco (Marakech) is completely different to UK culture. Especially since I was there during the Holy period of Ramadan. Viewing the intensity and commitment people had for their religion was inspiring and the city was beautiful.

Germany (Berlin) was filled with history and culture, I particularly enjoyed visiting Checkpoint Charlie and the Topography of Terror, and of course the famous Berlin wall.

Italy (Milan):

France (Paris) – Had a short visit to the Louvre. Many inspiring artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrandt. And of course the traditional sightseeing:

Czech Republic (Prague) itself is beautiful, 1 day was not long enough there and I would love to go back. The architecture was amazing, from the houses to the castles and bridges with art work being sold on every street. Managed to make time for a pedalo ride to have an alternative view of the city.

Spain (Madrid) – I have to admit that I’ve never had a true passion for Picasso’s work, I’ve always found it a bit child-like, however, after visiting the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte in Madrid and saw a large amount of his work, including Guernica, 1937 I have begun to really appreciate his work and what it stands for. Reading in detail the meanings behind his works while seeing them up close and personal, it has given me a new understanding of his work and I genuinely enjoyed looking and learning about his paintings.

Brazil (Sao Paulo) – What has got to be one of the most inspirational places for my art experience is ‘Beco do Batman’ which translates to ‘Batman Alley’. The whole street and side alleys were covered top to bottom in Graffiti, each a different style and by a different artist. Many pieces had clear, strong political meanings such as the politician sweeping dirt under a rug while rubbish piles out the other end. Others had more of an emotional meaning using words such as ‘renascer’ meaning ‘lost’. One of my favourite pieces was a pair of wings by an artist called Gatunoxama, where you become a part of the piece by standing in from of the painting giving the impression that the wings belong to you.

Since qualifying as a scuba diver and diving in Brazil, I have a new outlook on life in general, what I want to do, where I want to be etc. I felt it was necessary to include it in my timeline as I know that the love I have for it will eventually have an impact on my art work.

Ireland (Dublin): Book of Kells, Sightseeing