JILL MIRZA ‘Caffé Minerva (Syracuse, Sicily)’ 15¾ x 15¾ in  /  40 x 40 cm    Acrylic on Canvas   2015
This painting of a sophisticated urban café bar is presented as a kind of stage set.  The different elements – pavements, figures, umbrellas, elegant facades, form bands  across the picture surface  which are emphasised by tonal contrast. The colours are  influenced by the warmth of Sicilian buildings and marble paving stones. Touches of  colour in the table cloths and clothes of the figures enliven the largely monochromatic  image.