This morning my friends and I were very pleased to visit the retrospective tribute to the Valencian painter - Miguel Sala Coll at the the Lambert Arts Center / House in the old town of Jávea.
He was a very famous personality within the Jávea community and a dedicated painter for more than 30 years. Sala Coll's love for Jávea, his birthplace, is played out in oil paints that are reminiscent of the Valencian art school of painting but to my surprise, Sala Coll was self taught.
Both artists were heavily devoted to Costumbrismo, whereby artists of the time created art that had a pictorial interpretation of local everyday life, mannerisms, and customs. This type of "folk art" in the Impressionist style was a winner for both artists.
"Sala Coll was attracted to the art of painting since he was a child, when he made charcoal portraits for the clients of his father's barbershop," explains the biography.
In the summer of 2010, Sala Coll passed away at the age of 83.
I urge all of my Fine Arts students to visit this tribute soon as it closes on the 22nd of April. Note the similarities of the colour palette that Sorolla once embraced. The hint of rose on the water or the sky to just give a light lift to a wave or a cloud. The myriad of blues that push waves and bring out the depths of the Mediterranean. And the rich earth tones of terra cottas highlighted with yellows to bring the splendor of the light that falls on the fields under the majestic Montgo mountain.