We stayed in Oasis de Nazaret, near Teguise, with John and Erica Malaiperuman for eleven days. We were at a villa with a magnificent view of Las Montañas del Fuego in Timanfaya National Park. We went to our usual favourite places: the Jardin de Cactus, the Museo de Agricola – el Patio, Cesar Manrique’s home and studio, La Caldera de los Cuervos, El Golfo, the small fields where farmers are cultivating the edge of the lava flow, and of course, the volcanoes themselves. And the villa has a heated pool!
Milan went with ideas of paintings he would like to develop when he came home. He took only A5 sheets of paper, pencils and watercolours with him. With these he did 76 little paintings while we were there, and came home with a lot more ideas for paintings than he had when he set out.
The exhibition is at the King Street Studios, Lancaster. There are 50 paintings and drawings in the exhibition, ranging from early work dated 1969 while Milan was at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, to a wide variety of recent work. The landscape associated with the River Lune and its estuary into Morecambe Bay feature in many of the paintings and drawings.
This time two years ago it was hot and sunny weather for our visit to the harbours and fishing villages of East Fife with Janet Robinson. Milan worked on drawings which he developed into a series of Coasts and Harboursfrom different parts of the British Isles, some of which are here
Milan’s portrait, The History Men, which was selected for the 2015 BP Portrait Award exhibition, is now at The Ulster Museum, Belfast, until 12 June, 2016. Having been on tour for a year in London, Scotland and Belfast, in July it will finally return to Lancaster, and into the possession of Kay Schiller, the ‘history man’ on the right of the picture.