Matías Sánchez - 24/7: Online Auction Hong Kong Tuesday, July 20, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Matías Sánchez is a German-born, Seville-based contemporary painter widely revered for his lively compositions that strike a unique balance between abstraction and figuration. Executed in a sumptuously thick impasto brushwork, built up and manipulated on the canvas as though made of moulding clay, each painting can be understood as the materialisation of the artist's wild and whimsical mind.


    As a captivating example from his body of work, Parodia bursts with vigorous colour and form, presenting the viewer with disorder and play in a scene full of motifs that we are encouraged to seek out as if participating in a game of sorts. At the same time, however, the artist has explained how he believes that it is the physicality of painting, rather than the work’s subject matter, that drives his creative process:

    “The important thing is how that painting is painted and how it seduces the viewer. The intelligence of the execution, its mastery, how the artist manages the viewer’s perspective from where he wants. Where does the viewer enter the painting, walk through it. and then exit? Those are the things that make a work of art timeless.” —— Matías Sánchez


    The present work as featured on the artist’s Instagram

    Drawing inspiration from artistic and literary icons such as Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kafka, Sánchez pays homage to these influences through the cast of spirited vagrants and crooks that feature across his oeuvre, their faces revealing certain shared similarities that Sánchez renders in a tongue-in-cheek way. The character at the centre of the present work, for example, dons the same bushy beard and black bowler hat as painter Henri Matisse, whereas the green-haired dancing figure in the lower left perhaps appears as a more cheerful version of DC Comic’s The Joker. Intermixed with other toothy expressions and a devious rat, the result is a ‘buffet for the eyes’ i, forming Sanchez’s unmistakable style.



    Installation view of Hong Kong, Art Central 2021, Galerie Zink Waldkirchen, Matias Sanchez: Joy of Painting, 14 May – 28 May 2021

    Represented by Galerie Zink, the same gallery that was amongst the first to represent both Yoshitomo Nara and Javier Calleja, Sánchez was most recently the subject of a very well received solo exhibition presented by the gallery at Hong Kong’s Art Central 2021. An upcoming solo exhibition at Galerie Zink has also been scheduled for July 2021. Sánchez’s work can be found in the public and private collections of the CAC Malaga; S. Goodman Collection, New York; Art Museum of the University of Southern California; Benetton Art Spain Collection; Luc Caurichon Collection, Paris; amongst others. Sanchez’s most recent solo exhibition, In Ictu Oculi, has just opened 17 July at Gallery Zink and will be ongoing until 10 October 2021.


    i Galerie Zink Waldkirchen, Matias Sanchez: Joy of Painting, May 2021, online


    • Provenance

      Galerie Zink, Waldkirchen
      Acquired from the above by the present owner



signed with the artist's initials 'MS' lower left; further signed, titled, dated and inscribed 'Matías Sánchez Sevilla 2014 "Parodia (el secuestro del banquero)" ' on the reverse
oil on linen
114 x 146 cm. (44 7/8 x 57 1/2 in.)
Painted in 2014.

Full Cataloguing

HK$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for HK$201,600

Contact Specialist

Hin Hin Wong
Associate Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
+852 2318 2013
[email protected]

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