The portrait to the left is of Billy Holiday.
Recently, when prowling flickr I was immediately attracted to these pen and brush drawings of the rooftops, also of Lisbon. What's the connection? They were done by André Carrilho.
Why? In André's own words: (from his flickr profile)
"I'm a professional illustrator that decided to go back to basics and try to draw without a "undo" button.
Here you'll find a selection of sketches that are:
• done mostly on location. They may be finished by memory, if the circumstances demand it, but I'll avoid as much as I can using photos as reference.
• done with techniques that make corrections or erasing difficult (ink, watercolor). What you see is what I first drew. I can add, but I can't take back."
Fernando Pessoa, arguably Portugal's poet laureate, touches on Lisbon's sultry yet acerbic gravitation and maybe hints at the way artists like André Carrilho can seamlessly pour forth work that spans obvious dichotomies:
“It is sometimes said that the four greatest Portuguese poets of modern times are Fernando Pessoa. The statement is possible since Pessoa, whose name means ‘person’ in Portuguese, had three alter egos who wrote in styles completely different from his own. In fact Pessoa wrote under dozens of names, but Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis and Álvaro de Campos were – their creator claimed – full-fledged individuals who wrote things that he himself would never or could never write. He dubbed them ‘heteronyms’ rather than pseudonyms, since they were not false names but “other names”, belonging to distinct literary personalities. Not only were their styles different; they thought differently, they had different religious and political views, different aesthetic sensibilities, different social temperaments. And each produced a large body of poetry. Álvaro de Campos and Ricardo Reis also signed dozens of pages of prose.” —from Goodreads