MADRID - A BLACK OPENING
by M.L. Rozsa
Malinsky was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan in 1956. Since 1984,
he has exhibited in Canada, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Los
Angeles, and most recently in Madrid, Spain. His work can be found
in private collections throughout the world and in permanent collections
at the Maltwood Gallery, University of Victoria, The Art Gallery
of Greater Victoria, the Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary,
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
How Long the Road
oil on canvas, 60 x 40 in.
time has passed since the tragic bombings and life is returning
to normal in Madrid.
Canadian artist Charles Malinsky and his wife, Marilyn, March
11th was a day they will never forget. The couple moved to Spain
five and a half years ago so Marilyn could pursue a flamenco dance
career and Charles could be in closer proximity to the European
art world. Calgarians will know Charles' work from numerous exhibitions
he has had in that city and Marilyn for her role in developing
an interest in flamenco.
in advance of the terrorist attack, March 11th was the date set
for Charles' first solo exhibition in Madrid. Accustomed to the
noise from the on-going construction projects in Madrid, when
Charles was awakened by the sound of the bombs (he lives very
close to the Atocha station) he didn't know what it was. It quickly
became apparent, however, that something extraordinary was going
on; the sound of sirens was too persistent. When he turned on
the television he discovered that tragic events were unfolding
right up the street.
Her Soul Was Weeping, Wounded and So Tiny
oil on canvas, 60 x 40 in.
much intense and heart-wrenching discussion, the organizers seriously
considered postponing the opening, but in the end they decided
to proceed. Not only would it have been too difficult to contact
all the invitees, they also wanted to send a message.
featured two cycles of recent work by Malinsky: The Final
Journey and Rapture of the Angels. The Final
Journey is a pictorial representation of souls traveling
from death to the next life via train; the tragic nature of the
premonition cannot be overloooked in light of the horrendous bombings.
Pride and Solitude
oil on canvas, 60 x 47 in.
oil on canvas, 49 x 50 in.
turned out, and despite the tragic events of the day, a large
crowd of Madrileños and many others gathered for the long
was very gratifying for all those who attended, confirming both
the power and the impact of art. And while it wasn’t the
gala event that had been anticipated, those in attendance discovered
they were able to distance themselves a bit from the events of
the day. They felt a need to withdraw from the horror and found
temporary sanctuary in art and beauty. So a day that began with
an unspeakable tragedy was already showing its resiliency. Yes.
oil on canvas, 56.5 x 39 in.
oil on canvas, 39 x 47 in.
and Marilyn will continue living in Madrid, their beloved, adopted
city, and will continue to travel by train. They share the sorrow
and pain of all Spaniards and like them are moving forward.
oil on canvas, 41 x 63 in.