Taller Art Teachers
The interest in landscape goes through all contemporary art and nourishes its many variants: it shines with joy and spontaneity with Impressionism and subtly reveals itself under the most stringent abstractions. It might be argued to be the best-liked genre of artistic modernity.
This is the understanding of Nuria Balcells who has always worked on it and has let her work to be enriched by the close relationship with the landscape. She did it at first, engaged as she was in naturalism and the dazzling play of lights and colors around us. Later, when she focuses towards other areas, such as still life or interior subjects, the view and teachings that emerge from the study of the landscape have allowed her to transcend the mere description of objects so to offer mutual relation among themselves in a new unit of matter and light.
And when she has felt the urge to physically lighten her painting by replacing the expressionist thickness with almost immaterial transparencies, the incorporation of collage becomes a strong pictorial new technical approach that occurs in Nuria’s hands thanks again to her sensitivity towards landscape.
Abstraction has recently gained weight in the Balcells’ work, living easily together with a figurative art to give shape to a style that seeks to balance the chromatic harmonies along with her attention to show us many and various topics. Those come both from observation of reality as much as what the matter itself suggests and it is not paradoxical to claim the landscape as well as the soul of it all…
Agustí Roca’s work is characterized by a great variety of ways. Encouraged by a need of change and research, the artist has moved through many styles all along his career.
Figurative art with an expressionist look alternates with large areas of colour and gestural stains. Stories and plots want to carry the viewer beyond the pictorial shapes, but there are also compositions that remind us that, in fact, it is only about this: shape. On one end, there are representations of objects that show an interest in reality, and on the other, there are purely schematic abstractions.
As for the techniques, they also obey to the different interests that guide creation at any given time. Therefore, oil often gives way to acrylic, and even to collage or to material testing. And on top of everything, as a constant feature, there is the passion for drawing that has always accompanied the author.
After all, drawing an orange is something extraordinary, but the design of a sphere is also astounding, or just sketching a circumference to gaze at the empty circle that is left inside… to realize that it ends up becoming an orange too.
Everything is shape and concept, whatever the style may be.