Portobello Table One
Oil on Canvas
This is one of Elio Cruz’s most striking works which encapsulates many of the influences that were close to his aesthetic makeup. We see the influence of Henri Matisse, Picasso and a very pruned view of Cezanne and his still-lives. The artist has gone for a very sparse use of colour creating a whole area of tension between light and darkness. The painting is like a complex visual game made to ensnare the viewer. Elio reached new heights with this painting in 1967 when he won the Gibraltar International Paintings Exhibition.