Thursday, 28 June 2007

ALBANIAN PAINTERS AT LEICESTER SQUARE


By Fatmir Terziu
"I do this job, do this painting in the street", he continues, "not only for money but and for other reasons". "The main reason is to keep my talent and my profession alive and the second reason is that we, Albanians living in UK don’t like staying in benefit or sleeping too much".

In the old days, art sought to transport you somewhere by evocation. The painting might show you somewhere desirable and convincing, and prompt your thoughts to journey to a mental safari. Your imagination did the travelling, while you stayed put. These days, however, artists have perfected a wacky alternative strategy for this type of transportation. Today’s artist is a removal man who imports slabs of actual foreign experience into your space and installs them for you under your nose in extra – ordinary detail. Being transported somewhere else has become a parallel experience to ordering a pizza. This art delivery of foreign experiences is a development that everyone welcomes, chiefly because it leads to such unlikely sights. For instance, at Leicester Square, on North Side, Peter Gorovelli and Ben Lleshi have managed to turn your arrival at this place into a majestically surreal experience of creating the portrait and caricature.
Since four years ago these two Albanian painters drink a coffee at North Side in Leicester Square. They both entered and exited in a row of painters from all around the world. They had a right to do their profession based at the “Temporary Street Trading Licence” which was given by City of Westminster based on the Act of year 1999. In this corner were about two dozen painters moved quickly their hands and their paintbrushes, of course the talent and the commercially doesn’t conceal the competition. “After that someone survives,” said Ben. Ben had a degree of art from the Academy of Art in Tirana of Albania and specialised on Ceramic Clay Sculptures. And now he gives the client his portrait or caricature only for 20 minutes. So then he has to accommodate to new conditions and to another style of painting.
"I do this job, do this painting in the street", he continues, "not only for money but and for other reasons". The main reason is to keep my talent and my profession alive and the second reason is that we, Albanians living in UK don’t like staying in benefit or sleeping too much.
I don’t want my hands, which decorated many portraits, to be only part of cleaning or other things when I have my own talent of making pictures in all genres, said Peter. I don’t like to offend any kind of job because each of them has its satisfaction. The politics of life are also an issue for Peter Goravelli, who has transformed modern art by bringing the portrait’s into convincing caricature.
In this corner you have to se day after day different painters. They are from Brazil, China, Japan, Italy, Netherlands or other countries. As you find them at this place you make clear that you are fully enjoy when se your relatives and yourself designed at the piece of paper and simple – minded measuring out his days in halfremembered Albanian ballads for emigrants. This conviction is a lament not only upon the deep feelings but also upon the loss of a life’s proper meaning.

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