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Having lived and sketched in Munich, Paris and Austria’s second city of Graz, Angelica Westerhoff finally settled in Conil de la Frontera in 1992. Apart from a trip to New York – where she stayed with sculptor, Lee Tribe – in 2008, she has hardly been anywhere since.
In New York she was wowed to meet painter Peter Blake, who designed the cover to Beatles legendary album Sergeant Pepper´s Lonely Hearts Club Band. She is still recovering from the experience.
During her twenty years in Andalucia, she has established a reputation as a painter of portraits and a sketch artist.
Making a living from art was her ambition since childhood, however modest that liiving might turn out to be. And it has turned out to be very modest indeed, even though her portraits in oils, pastels and pencil hang on walls from Sweden to Australia.
In 2010 she was commissioned to draw a portrait of Count László Almásy from a photo as an illustration for Don Meredith’s book Varieties of Darkness – The World of the English Patient, which traces the literary journey of Michael Ondaatje’s Booker prize-winning novel. Portraits of Angelica’s have also been published in Anda Luz magazine.
Angelica’s surreal paintings were influenced by German painter, Max Ernst. They can be viewed on her blog, along with other works. Recently, she has become interested in photography, and works on some of her artworks with Photoshop.
Angelica has had several exhibitions in Conil, and taken part in various festivals and fairs. Most summers, she carts her easel, board, pencils and paper down towards the beach. Tourists from all over Spain and beyond make a point of visiting her for portraits, many returning year after year, as their families grow.
Une fois. Encore.
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