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British artist captures the essence and tempo of Andalucía with new mural

Carmen Peña and Chandy Haggett (r) in front of the eleven-metre mural in Alhaurín El Grande last week.
Carmen Peña and Chandy Haggett (r) in front of the eleven-metre mural in Alhaurín El Grande last week. / SUR
  • Using blocks of pastel colours, Chandy Haggett portrays a perfect representation of street life in a traditional 'pueblo blanco'

A British artist who has lived in Malaga for more than 30 years unveiled her latest work in Alhaurín El Grande last week. A former newspaper cartoonist and architect, Chandy Haggett is probably one of the most innovative artists living on the Costa del Sol today, and her characteristic work has now been recognised by Alhaurín El Grande town hall. The 49-year-old Londoner was commissioned to paint an eleven-metre mural on a wall in Calle de la Cruz as part of the council's latest cultural project, which was supported by the El Artsenal art project in Malaga.

Chandy's work captures the colours, aromas and tempo of life in southern Spain. Her bold paintings depict beautiful landscapes and scenes of rural life, capturing the ferias and fiestas and scenes of traditional street life.

Using blocks of pastel colours, her latest work portrays a scene in a typical Andalusian village.

Chandy worked entirely from imagination, never using photography or real life for reference. She completed the mural in just one week and it has already attracted much attention in the town. She will soon start on phase two of the project, which will be painted on an adjoining street.

The unveiling was attended by Carmen Peña, coordinator of El Artsenal, who said "Chandy's spectacular work offers the true essence of Andalucía."

Chandy told SUR in English, "It has been an absolute honour to work on this project. I hope people like it because it is painted from the heart."