Women are the theme of local Dutch artist Coby Bloemsma's exhibition 'Mujeres' at Nerja's Sala Municipal in Calle Cristo. Thirty-five paintings and eight sculptures are included in the exhibition which runs until 5 September.
Coby, 71, explained to SUR in English that the collection comes from a series of paintings she has created during her weekly art classes. "We have live models at the classes who are normally women. I start the painting during the class and then do something different with it at home, so I might change the canvas, or turn it into a collage."
A creative lockdown
Coby used her time during lockdown to develop her sculpting talents. She made the eight pieces that appear in the exhibition using materials she either had lying around or that she found.
"I couldn't buy paint during the lockdown, so I started doing sculptures with anything I could find around the house or in the neighbourhood."
Coby has lived in Torrox Costa for 11 years with her English husband and their dog. She explained that the couple fell in love with Torrox during a two-year European road trip.
"We spent a lot of time in Portugal and here in Andalucía and decided to settle in Torrox," she said. Since then, Coby has dedicated her time to painting "every day".
She is not new to the world of art, having wanted to be a fashion designer at a young age. Although she didn't pursue a career in fashion design, Coby said she has always either attended evening classes or "done something creative", even while she was working as a receptionist and then a PR officer in the Netherlands.
She has also spent time living in Australia and the UK.