It's six o'clock in the afternoon of Monday, March 12, 2018. Today we have an appointment at the central restaurant El Glop on the Rambla de Catalunya in Barcelona: the opening of the exhibition by the artist Caroline Bilson, a graduate in graphic design and specialized in lithography that has brought her works of art from England to the centre of Barcelona.
Bilson has brought us an intimate sample of his engravings and lithographs, which decorate the dining room of the restaurant, where we can recognize, at a first glance, Gaudí's buildings in Barcelona, such as the Sagrada Família or Casa Batlló, and others that we have left far like the train stations of Southwold or Northampton, in England. In total, about twenty works distributed throughout the room and that will remain there until the exhibition ends.
"Most of my work as an artist is inspired by architecture; I am very interested in buildings, especially those of the late nineteenth century and those of the twentieth century", Bilson tells us, excited, in full opening of his exhibition. She also explains that this is the second exhibition she does in Barcelona —the first one was at a local in Via Laietana— and that one of the buildings that most attracts her from the big cities are the train stations: "They are monumental buildings, full of detail and full of life because, apart of decorating, they are working as a station that people come and go and this combination of practical use with decorative quality, for me, is a show of architecture that has always interested me a lot, that's why you'll see many train stations drawn in my works".
All the paintings on which Bilson works are non-industrial lithographs that she has drawn by hand first and that she has printed, also by hand, afterwards. A technique unusual in Barcelona and that draws attention to be drawn by hand but printed at the same time as if it were a photograph.
The exhibition will be in the restaurant —while people go to eat can contemplate the paintings— from the opening until July 30 this year. The works are for sale and have prices of between € 45 and 350, depending on the building that is drawn, the material and the size.
Photos: El Glop