Tortugues a València – Tortugas en Valencia – Turtles in Valencia

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És a la Plaça de l’Ajuntament i representa un animal gairebé prehistòric que hem de preservar, cuidar i conèixer…

Está en la Plaza del Ayuntamiento y representa un animal casi prehistorico que debemos preservar, cuidar y conocer…

It is in the City Hall Plaza and it represents an animal, almost prehistoric, which we should conserve, take care of diligently and get to know…

La Terra no ens pertany, ni tampoc la natura ni els animals que aquí viuen i que ens eleven a majors dimensions espirituals…

La Tierra no nos pertence, ni tampoco la naturaleza ni los animales que aqui viven y que nos elevan a mayores dimensiones espirituales…

The Earth does not belong to us, neither does Nature or the animals that live here, animals that elevate our existence to higher spiritual levels…

Per això és que denunciem l’abús i busquem la permanència de totes les espècies al costat del medi ambient que cal protegir…

Por eso es que denunciamos el abuso y buscamos la permanencia de todas las especies junto al medioambiente que también hay que proteger…

That is why we denounce those who abuse and seek the permanence of all the species, together with the protection of our atmosphere…

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Moltes gràcies

Muchas gracias…

Cheers…

Una abstracción: “Sol sobre tu campo de batalla” – Abstract Art: “Sunrise over Your Battlefield”

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Rara la vez que doy una explicación de lo que he pintado, y mas raro aun si se trata de explicar una abstracción. Pero siempre que hay reglas hay excepciones. “Sol sobre tu campo de batalla” es una abstracción pero también símbolo de un recuerdo, personal, lejano, inexorable e implacable, y lo he usado de referencia…interna…para crear este cuadro.

Sabemos que el sol brilla, alegra, aclara dudas, penas, aleja los miedos, y hasta nos hace pensar que hemos sobrevivido, que la tempestad ya ha pasado y que estamos salvos. Pero a veces en los lugares mas idílicos, donde llega la energía y el brillo del sol, es donde nos encontramos con grandes peligros, con tragedias, con el sufrimiento y con la guerra. Esto es lo que simboliza esta abstracción, y aunque la referencia proviene de mis experiencias y mis recuerdos, puede que este cuadro establezca un claro vinculo con los vuestras.

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Rarely, if ever, do I proffer an explanation of one of my paintings. Even rarer is that I explain an abstract painting. But there are exceptions to every rule and here is what I’ve to say about “Sol sobre tu campo de batalla” (“Sunrise Over Your Battlefield”). It is abstract and refers to a personal memory. This long ago reminiscence, inexorable, and implacable, was the internal reference I used to create this painting.

We all know that the sun shines brightly and usually that makes us happy. Its brilliance tends to clear away doubts and pain. It lessens fears and makes us think that we have survived, that the storm has passed and that now we are safe under the warmth of the sun. But there are times, when in the most idyllic places where the sun shines, we find danger, tragedy, suffering and war beneath that brilliant light. This is what this abstract painting represents. And although the internal reference procedes from my experiences and memory, it could also be a clear link to yours as well.

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Primera etapa del cuadro: Estableciendo la referencia interna con la pintura, con los colores y con el ritmo de los pincelazos dados sobre el lienzo.

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First stage: Establishing the internal reference with the paints used, with the colours chosen and with the rhythm of the brushstrokes on the canvas…

Gracias…

Cheers…

Bailemos esta noche – Let’s Dance Tonight

(1965)

Esta canción “Iko Iko” habla del enfrentamiento de dos tribus de indios del Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Indians) en Nueva Orleans. Bueno, no me voy a liar, hay que ser de Nueva Orleans para entender esto. Pero no para gozarlo, bailarlo, cantarlo y gritarlo por las azoteas. La otra letra jock-a-mo es un grito de guerra de los indios, bueno, al menos eso he leído…

Hay muchas versiones, comenzando por la del propio autor, James “Sugar Boy” Crawford and his Cane Cutters, (1953), The Dixie Cups (1965), el legendario Dr. John (1972), The Grateful Dead (1977), y en 2021, la adaptación del artista Justin Wellington de Papua Nueva Guinea, que la tituló “Iko Iko (My Bestie)”, se convirtió en un hit internacional debido a un desafío en Tik Tok.

(Dr. John, 1977)

Y no me preguntéis que significa la letra, cantadla y disfrutadla…

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“Iko Iko” is a song about two tribes of Mardi Gras Indians who confront each other in New Orleans. But, hey, I don’t want to get caught up in the confusion, so just enjoy the song and dance to it! The phrase jock-a-mo is a war cry of the Indians, I guess…

(The Greatful Dead 1991, photo JamBase

There are many versions of this song beginning in 1953 with the one by its composer James “Sugar Boy” Crawford and his Cane Cutters, (1953), The Dixie Cups (1965), the legendary Dr. John (1972), The Grateful Dead (1977), and in 2021, Justin Wellington, a singer of Papua Nueva Guinea, recorded a version he titled “Iko Iko (My Bestie)”, which became an international hit after a Tik Tok challenge.

(2021)

Well, don’t ask me what the words mean, just dance and sing it on the rooftops!

Aqui teneis una de mis versiones favoritas:

But here is one of my favourite versions:

(2019, DEP Dr. John/RIP Dr. John)

Gracias…

Cheers…

(James Crawford, 1996)

En las orillas del Mar d’Ella – On the Shores of the Sea of She…

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Todo lo ha dominado el hombre…

¡Pues claro! Desde que existe el universo nos han dicho que Él creo a él y de la costilla de él, Él hizo a ella. Ella no era más que una mujer, y muy desobediente pues fue a comer de la fruta prohibida y le dio también a él y eso causó que ellos, y por ende la humanidad, fuesen expulsados del Eden, o sea, del paraíso. Bueno, algo así…

La Grecia antigua, Roma, Egipto, Persa, China, y los demás imperios de los tiempos de la antigüedad remota fueron todos dominados por grandes hombres, e.g. Alejandro Magno, Julio Cesar, Ramsés II, Ciro el Grande, Kangxi el Grande…

¿Querría decir esto que no habían mujeres capaces de regir sobre un imperio?

¡Vamos! ¡Claro que no! Pero no las dejaban hacer nada de eso. Si, claro que conocemos cuentos de la Reina del Sur, de Cleopatra, de Juana de Arcos, y de otras reinas del medioevo y del renacimiento, pero fueron pocas.

Y, ¿La mujer común y corriente, que ni era reina ni santa? ¿La que hubiera querido ser escritora, pintora, científica, medico?

Pero ya ha cambiado la cosa y se están tomando los pasos necesarios para garantizar la igualdad y se está respetando mas y mas a la mujer y también a otros seres discriminados.

Por eso me detuve a la orilla del Mar d’Ella a verla nadar como una sirena…

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Man dominated everything…

Of course! Since the dawn of the Universe we have been told that He created he and from a rib He took from he, He made her, a woman. And quite disobedient she turned out to be. She ate of the forbidden fruit and gave he to eat as well. This caused he and she to be expulsed from Eden, or Paradise. Well, something like that…

Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Persia, China, and the rest of the great empires of antiquity, were all dominated by men, e.g. Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Ramses II, Cyrus the Great and Kangxi the Great…

Can this mean that there were no women capable of governing an empire?

Come on! Of course not! But they were not allowed to do anything like that. Yes, we have heard about the Queen of the South, Cleopatra, Joan d’Arc and other queens of medieval times and the Renaissance, but there weren’t really that many.

And what about the normal, common woman, who was neither a queen or a saint? The one who wanted to be a writer, a painter, a scholar or a scientist?

But things have changed. Steps are being taken towards equality. Women are respected more as are others who have always been discriminated.

Because of that I stood at the shores of the Sea of She to watch her swim like a mermaid…

Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 16 AUG 2022, Valencia, España.

Art Print: “The Blue Guitar”

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This image has been converted into a “canvas print” but you can choose any other style, like wood print, metal print, acrylic print, art print, framed print or poster. You can only get this through this company that I have selected to sell and ship my prints to you. Choose from my gallery (I change the images often).

Omnia Caelum Studios sells only my original artwork and only through my representative, @Guloshka (contact via Instagram so that you can see the images of the work available). I sometimes take commissions as well. Guloshka can ship from Spain to just about anywhere.

Here is a video, with my original music, with more images…

(2020)

Cheers…

Art Print: “Red Pear”

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This image is made into a metal print, but you can order it as a canvas print, wood print, framed print, acrylic/art print or a poster. You can only order it here, through this company that I have chosen to create, from my artwork, prints, sell them and ship them to you. They do it all. I have a gallery there that you can check out of several other select images. I change images often, so visit often.

Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia sells only my original artwork via my representative @Guloshka (inquiries via Instagram so that you can see the images of the artwork available and choose). She can ship from Spain to just about anywhere.

Here is some more of my work:

(2022)

Cheers…

Art Prints: “Jazzy Night With Stars”

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This print is a poster, you can order it here through this company that I am using to sell my selected artworks as fine art prints. They do it all from the sale to the shipping/delivery. You can also get this print in different forms, framed, in wood, metal or canvas. And you can see my gallery there so you can choose from others available (I change my gallery often).

Omnia Caelum Studios sells only my original artwork. For information and commissions, please contact @Guloshka (via Instagram so that you can see the collection of what is available). We can ship from Spain to almost anywhere. But prints are only available through this company that I have selected.

And remember I am Bodo Vespaciano…

(2022)

Cheers…

#poetry, “Tunnel Vision” (Euro-Ku)

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In the centre there’s the object of your fixed, intensive stare,

while you’re focused, barely breathing, burning atoms with your eyes on one location,

your life is slipping by in tiny ripples blue and green, and many colours in between…

C.2022, Francis Bravo Cabrera, 15 AUG 2022, València, España 🇪🇸

Fine Art Print: “Gisella”

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This fine art print of one of my original ink/graphite on paper drawings I now have made available through this company. You can have the image printed in different ways, like on canvas, on wood, on metal or as a poster or like above. Here is the link to my gallery at this company. They handle everything from the sale to the shipping.

For those collectors or art lovers interested in original art, please contact my representative @Guloshka (via Instagram so that you can see all the paintings/illustrations that are available) and we can also negotiate commissions, which I do once in a while. Here at Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia we only sell original works, prints are through this company only.

And here, in my YouTube channel you can watch many videos of my work since I began back in 1998 in Miami, Florida (US) as well as videos of Art History and other famous and important artists. Watch the video, give it a like and check out the others…

(2020)

Cheers…