Miquel Barceló - Contemporary Day Sale London Sunday, June 28, 2009 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich

  • Catalogue Essay

    As visible in this present lot, the organic aspect of Barceló's paintings is reinforced by his techniques
    ....most of the pictures I did prior to the nineties were painted on the floor on canvas without a stretcher. I poured large quantities of paint onto them, and as it concentrated in certain places it gave shape to the landscape, making the rivers and lakes that can be seen. So these landscapes are parallel to the phenomenology of paint, with various strata. (Barceló, quoted in Miquel Barceló 1984-1994, exh.cat., London, 1994, p.95)

  • Artist Biography

    Miquel Barceló

    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.

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Apunt de platja No. 2

Oil and paper on canvas.
64 x 95.2 cm. (25 1/4 x 37 1/2 in).
Signed, inscribed and dated 'apunt de cala marçal no. 2 VIII 84' on the reverse.

£40,000 - 60,000 ‡♠

Sold for £43,250

Contemporary Day Sale

29 June 2009, 4pm