Sant Joan
2012
Description
Each year, on June 23rd and 24th a great celebration is being held. On Saint Johns day it's a kind of Middle Ages in the city, there are also medieval jousts organized. This fiesta is very important and an old tradition, they ride on horses in the city. This festivity takes place in the city of Ciutadella on the island of Menorca, Spain.

The celebrations of Sant Joan has recently become much more than a local festival, all the visitors have a lot of admiration and love for these celebrations but about the island inhabitants and in particular the “ciutadellencs” –the inhabitants of Ciutadella– you can better talk of passion, drive and boundless enthusiasm.

I am a "ciutadallenc", I love Sant Joan and this is my humble tribute.
Fields
Drawing, Painting
  • Sant Joan
    Tribute

    In Ciutadella, on the island of Menorca, every 23rd and 24th of June, a traditional celebration has been uninterruptedly held for centuries.

    During the festival of Saint John, its patron saint, the city transforms itself. It is like going back to the Middle Ages: a cavalcade representing the social classes of the time goes around the old city centre, jumping and jolting to the sound of music through a mass of people. Even medieval jousts are organized… and thousands of visitors join the locals for the biggest fiesta ever. Therefore, this celebration has recently become much more than a local festival.
    Certainly, visitors show a lot of admiration and respect for this event. But as for the inhabitants of Ciutadella –“ciutadellencs”, you can better talk of sheer passion, drive and boundless enthusiasm.

    I am born here, I love Sant Joan, and this is my humble tribute.

  • Sant Joan
    138x62cm / 54x24,5"
    oil and gold leaf on wood
    private collection, Spain

    Frame 142x122cm / 56x48"
    Original Spanish head of bed adapted, restored and waxed.
    Laminated ebony over teak, hand-carving on walnut wood (XVIII century)
  • The Knight with his hand on his chest (after El Greco)
    – El Cavaller de la mà al pit –
    100x100cm / 39x39"oil on cotton canvasavailable @ Vidrart Gallery, Menorca, Spain
  • Esperant sa festa gran
    160x110cm / 63x43"
    charcoal, acrylic, oil and gold leaf on cotton paper
    public collection, City Hall Heritage, Ciutadella de Menorca, Spain
  • Jove fabioler
    50x70cm / 20x27,5"
    charcoal & casein on linen paper
    private collection, Spain
  • Saint John's parade
    –painted alongside with the artist Blas García–
    30x78cm / 12x31"
    collage, pencil & acrylic on wood
    available @ Vidrart Gallery, Menorca, Spain
  • Cavaller
    66x55cm / 26x21,5" (oval)
    oil on old wood shield
    private collection, Spain

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  • Old man
    66x55cm / 26x21,5" (oval)
    oil on old wood shield
    private collection, Berlin, Germany
  • Joan Benejam
    66x55cm / 26x21,5" (oval)
    oil & gold leaf on wood shield
    private collection, Spain
  • Romantic musician
    66x55cm / 26x21,5" (oval)
    oil on old wood shield
    private collection, Spain
  • Capitalist
    66x55cm / 26x21,5" (oval)
    oil on wood shield
    private collection, Spain
  • Homenet de fer ginets
    66x55cm / 26x21,5" (oval)
    oil on old wood shield
    private collection, Spain
  • Llepaculs
    Toady
    66x55cm / 26x21,5" (oval)
    oil on wood shield
    private collection, Spain
  • Dollface Geisha
    66x55cm / 26x21,5" (oval)
    oil on wood shield
    alkyd & agg tempera on old wood shield
    available @ Fine Grime Gallery, Bath, UK
  • wine label, special Edition Sant Joan 2013
    Vi de la Terra Illa de Menorca