The Oak and the Cypress: Tangier Overture

Abstract painting with shapes that suggest Arabic writing, bridges, or architecture

Tangier Overture, Acrylic and mixed media on panel, 24″ x 24″

This painting was inspired by a trip to Tangier, Morocco last summer, which was one leg of a bigger trip that mostly wound its way through Europe. The blue and white color palette, as well as the suggestion of Arabic writing evoke a little of the visuals of Tangier. Maybe more importantly, tensions about the risks of traveling to a country where it’s illegal to be gay, as well as an encounter with a security agent at the airport informed this painting.

The title addresses these tensions and comes from a game I’ve been enjoying recently, where I get ideas for paintings from mishearing the titles of classical music pieces on the radio. The true title of the piece of music that this painting is named after is Algerian Overture, but as soon as I heard it, I knew that if I changed the place name to “Tangier”, I had my title.