View from Hargraves
Oil on canvas
This artwork is full of texture showing a more subdued colour palette compared to some of his other works. Vertical lines provide a sense of height to the architecture and the Rock, guiding the viewer’s eyeline. Hexagon shapes across the work act almost like an invisible web, supporting the houses as they climb up the rock slope. The colour palette remains limited with a few hints of light blues and greens. This artwork is another example of Mario’s treatment of Gibraltar’s rooftops, showing his experimental nature and desire to continuously push himself as an artist. Here, he captures the character of the old town, from the British colonial buildings to the typical Mediterranean shutters which form part of the Upper Town skyline.