Painting in Porto, Port.

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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.

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About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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