A way to share and manage lots.
Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Hong Kong, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Miquel Barceló: Recent Paintings, Ceramics and Sculpture,
24 May – 29 July 2011
“Chauvet, Africa, still lifes, termites, masks or skulls, everything is linked
like archetypes of humanity. For me, it is my everyday, my material and
thought for each day. I trace maps of geographies that link all these
(Miquel Barceló in E. Mezil, ed., Terramare: Miquel Barceló, Collection
Lambert en Avignon, Arles, 2010, p.241)
Throughout his oeuvre, Miquel Barceló has employed the materials
that allow him to create the richly textured, expressive canvases highly
evocative of the surface of the earth. À Livorno, from 2007, is a beautiful
example of the artist’s gift to produce work that is abstract, yet at the
same time highly referential. It allows the viewer to be guided in their
imagination by those reference points, be they a stone, plant, fruit, or
a skull, to contemplate the landscape and its origins. The title À Livorno
indicates the place in Italy that inspired the artist and in this painting
the sea port of Livorno is beautifully depicted by the pebbles set against
the white and yellow background evoking the sunlit landscape and sea.
In the artist’s own words: “I like the phenomenology of painting to look
À Livorno is painted in the traditional technique of the artist which
remains a key aspect of Barceló’s practice. He has not succumbed to
the new media, but instead prefers to explore and further develop more
conventional materials from the earth itself: “Video camera, digital
camera… actually I find it a bit pathetic. I really like to find my materials.
Also, I always think of the modernity of thought, not of technique” (in E.
Mezil, ed., Terramare, 2010, p.236).
Spanish • 1957
Drawing inspiration from work by Diego Velázquez and art-making practices of the Avant-garde, Miquel Barceló is perhaps most popular for his hybridization of traditional Spanish figurative aesthetics and thick, abstract brushstrokes. Barceló is inherently drawn to that which is multimedia, having received training in installation work, painting and ceramic. This ability to work across various mediums comes from the artist's hunger for travel and exploring new lands.
Currently based between Mallorca, Mali and Paris, Barceló incorporates the visual aesthetics of his disparate countries seamlessly into his work. The artist's concern involves how to translate different modes of travel and culture into art-making. One recurring topic in his body of work is the ocean — the ultimate symbol of movement, displacement and the unknown.
11 October 2012