By MICHAEL BRUXO firstname.lastname@example.org
Swedish art gallery owner Christer Botéus will soon be launching his first book, featuring interviews with artists from the Algarve as well as the rest of Europe. One is particularly poignant - an interview with abstract painter Glynn Uzzell who died in a horrific gas explosion at his home near Caramujeira last summer.
"He was one of my favourite artists as well as a real friend," Botéus told us.
Other creative spirits from the region include Monchique abstract painter Carlos Gervásio, Dutch Willem Sneijers who runs a popular art school in Lagoa, British sculptor Colin Figue who has some extraordinary works on permanent show at his home in Carvoeiro, Olhão resident and prolific painter Meinke Flesseman, and the eastern Algarve's Paulo Serra and Nuno Santiago.
Says Christer – who for many years ran the Vila Linda Mar hotel near Benagil and now owns an art gallery south of Gothenburg – these are all people who “I have worked with selling their art throughout the years and who I know have different outlooks on their craft".
Although the book, entitled ‘Journey Through the Senses’, focuses on art, the 61-year-old Swede hopes it will appeal to everyone.
“It’s not about the technical aspects. It’s supposed to be more like a coffee table book. It also talks about music, nature and food, and it may even inspire people to travel,” he said.
The book includes information and photos on all the locations he travelled to, including Berlin, Stuttgart and Onsala (Sweden).
The format centres on various questions on the artists' opinions on art and life.
As Christer explained, "it’s great to see how different many of the answers are. It shows the different perspectives artists have".
The book, which features many beautiful colour examples of the 17 artists' work, will be launched next month at Christer’s gallery in Sweden. For now, he is still looking for sales outlets in the Algarve but says anyone interested in ordering a copy can contact him via email.