The smoker's habitat is changing. The act of smoking and not having to think about ones actions in any location and what's more as much as one desires is a thing of the past; laws have seen to that. We must seek to find other places where tobacco can be consumed freely, a place where there are no feelings of remorse for simply doing something that is enjoyable. At home, within ones own four walls - that's the place where one can enjoy tobacco, in fact one could go as far as to say celebrate the moment. Cigarette or cigar, who cares. The right accessories are sure to make smoking fun again.
Born 1939 in Guimares. Works as a painter and sculptor in Lisbon. Jose de Guimares is one of the very few well-known contemporary Portuguese artists, and his biography embodies the history and traditions of his country as few others do. After studying to become an engineer, Guimares worked as a geologist and archaeologist and in 1967 took part in the Portuguese campaign in Angola, its last as a colonial power. Only after the 1974 revolution, when the Portuguese finally ousted the last dictator from western Europe, was Guimares finally able to dedicate himself to art. It can perhaps be said that enthusiasm for technical achievements, a disposition to value foreign discoveries, and art as a critical reappraisal of such experiences are typical of Portuguese identity, and also that Guimares' art reflects these characteristics. His central theme is an unbiased treatment of modern daily life in all its manifestations, translated into the archaic and lively forms and colors of traditional folk art from Portugal's former colonies, especially from Africa. Guimares has developed a language of symbols, an alphabet of recurring forms, from which he creates pictorial objects such as African totems. He is interested in art that has been freed from canvas and volume. The task of working with glass might have been created specially for him. The 'woman', symbol of fertility, nourishing her children with the gift of milk, and Eros, the 'snake', "necessary in order to complete the story." Even on glass, Guimares speaks in symbols.
- 6-1/4" L x 6-1/4" W x 1-3/4" H