A YEAR OF CELEBRATION (Venice Carnival) Bayshore Inn Exhibition, International Suite, Vancouver, Canada –Reverse painted on drawing film — Original style by Ygartua — 1992 SOLD


“In my work I endeavour to paint the individuality and passion of each carnival, bringing this traditional, joyful world event to other parts of the world”.

Subject matter in each carnival is individual–but all carnivals are exciting, inspirational and bring a perfect palette of colour and movement for the artist.

The El Gallo, (hotel where we stayed –1992)was in the heart of Venice, the owner of the hotel was infatuated with art and artists and we were treated royally. During the carnival there is an inexhaustible ambience of enthusiasm and excitement that captivates and inspires all writers and artists to the point of wanting to contribute to the exotic abundance of enjoyment. The Venice Carnival is one of the oldest in the world, going back 500 years, it is historical in its presentation of costumes from the Renaissance and it is notorious for the competitions for the most original mask and costume, bringing competitors and an international audience from all over Europe and the world.

In my work I endeavour to paint the individuality and passion of each carnival, bringing this traditional, joyful world event to other parts of the world.

Masks are a subject that I continually go back to, once you have been to a Carnival in Venice, those memories are always there, this is why it is such a joy to experience the Carnivals throughout the world, it is another world, where one can escape into another era, entertained by the exotic masks, the inventive costumes, it is like a medieval theatre.

History of Venetian Masks

Every year, from February to March, Carnival in Venice is held. It started in 1168 as a celebration of the victory of the Republic of Venice against Ulrico, Patriarch of Aquileia, and became an annual event until it was banned by the King of Austria in 1797. It was again reestablished in 1979 and is again held annually. Carnivals in Venice are famous for their masks that everyone wears and are very specific.

CARNEVALE DI VENEZIA ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 48×84″ (121X213CM) The Collector (prices upon request) 2021

CANAL GRANDE ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 48X72” (121X182CM) The Collector (prices upon request) 2021


Carnevale di Venezia

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 1OO small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs. ― Google

The Carnevale di Venezia is one of the most famous carnivals around the world, and a charming characteristic of the city. Its origins are centuries old, and it still attracts thousands of tourists each year who arrive in Venice to admire the sumptuous costumes and masks parading in the streets and squares. Creating masks is, indeed, an art in Venice, a tradition dating back hundreds of years, making the carnival of Venice truly unique

BASILICA DE SAN MARCO ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 72X48”(182X121CM) The Collector(prices upon request) 2021

PALAZZO DUCALE (Bridge of Sighs) 48X72” (121X182CM) The Collector (prices upon request) 2021


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