Thursday, 22 August 2013

"Un Ballo in Maschera" (The Masked Ball)

This week I have been exhibiting my photography at a fine art exhibition in my local town Midhurst, as part of MADhurst festival. MADhurst is Midhurst's annual Music, Arts and Drama festival, usually held over the week leading up to the August Bank Holiday, culminating in a carnival on the Bank Holiday Monday, and celebrating all forms of music arts and drama, featuring local people and businesses.
The fine art exhibition itself, ran from Tuesday 20th and closes this evening (Thursday 22nd) and included work in a wide variety of medium by local arts persons. One exhibitor was renowned sculptor Philip Jackson who was exhibiting his latest creation; my favourite piece in the exhibition. I love the beautiful lines and curves of the sculpture itself, and the story it conjures up in ones mind. The piece is titled "Un Ballo in Maschera"which translates as "The Masked Ball". In the setting of the Jacobean Hall at Midhurst's Spread Eagle Hotel, by the open doors to the garden, with moody lighting provided by local musician Marco, the beautiful lady with her mask captures the elegance, thrill and magical mysteriousness, of a period masked ball, of seduction, of beauty, of the simultaneous strength and fragility of a woman, with superb brilliance.













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