Malcolm Millais, author of Exploding the Myths of Modern Architecture, is a British engineer and architect who has retired to Porto, in Portugal, where he has taken up the pastime of painting – as Churchill did after his Gallipoli military disaster in WWI (he was Lord of the Admiralty) ended his political career, or so he thought. Malcolm has emailed me a couple of his works, which I find delectable, styled with a sort of dreamy realism. These two paintings seem to invert the effect achieved by Providence photographer Richard Benjamin – whose photo of Waterplace Park that I use all the time looks more like a painting than a photograph. Malcolm’s work is a painting that looks like a photograph – and yet not without an enchanting element of primitivism. Maybe that reflects more the subject than the technique. I wonder whether Malcolm’s friends at the Old Portuguese Stuff blog know of his work. It is not old yet, so it may not qualify, nor is Malcolm Portuguese – but he does live in Porto, and the paintings seem to be of scenes in Portugal (assuming they are not entirely imaginary). Anyway, I hope you will enjoy these two, and I’ll post more if he sends them.