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Manuel Velasco

Valladolid, 1966
Pequeño telón, óleo y hierro sobre lino, 20 × 20 cm

About the artist

I basically work in series based on a theme or an idea. The number of works, production, time and depth of the series depends on multiple factors, creative process, curiosity, successes, mistakes, conclusions, etc., and the appearance of new reasons that lead me to investigate other arguments.

I can work and I work in several series at the same time, the artworks dialogue with each others and suggest new approaches. The discoveries in a series can be applied in the following. The presence of nature and the boundary between figuration and abstraction is a constant in most of my works, sometimes obviously, others just underlie. There is a very thin border, barely non-existent, that goes beyond small details, nuances and perceptions.

Some previous series are:

Wetpaint and Panta rei.

Two series have got similarities in the technique and both on the idea of continuous change, impermanence or becoming (Heraclitus). In these series, the displacement of the paint applied to the surface is vertical due to the effect of gravity as a “collaborating agent”. I applied the paint horizontally and dried vertically, so that the paint shifted, “transmuted” into something different.

Barridos.

Around the idea of speed in which we are immersed in the daily life of our life. In this series the displacement of the paint is horizontal by rubbing the paint with the brush horizontally; producing the loss of image details and causing a paradoxical effect of speed and calm simultaneously, similar to photographic panning.

Tricolor, oil on linen and iron powder, 40 × 80 cm
Lila, oil on linen and iron powder, 40 × 80 cm
Iron curtain, oil on linen and iron powder, 150 × 150 cm
Naturaleza, oil on linen and iron powder, 46 × 38 cm
Paisaie sobre muro, mixed on linen, 140 × 90 cm
Pink strip, oil on linen and iron powder, 65 × 54 cm
Teló d'acer, oil on linen and iron powder, 55 × 46 cm
Telón jardín, oil on linen and iron powder, 156 × 110 cm
Iron curtain, oil on linen and iron powder, 130 × 140 cm
El gran circo del mundo mundial, I, oil on wood and iron, 31,5 × 22 cm
El gran circo del mundo mundial, II, oil on wood and iron, 31,5 × 22 cm
El gran circo del mundo mundial, III, oil on wood and iron, 31,5 × 22 cm
El gran circo del mundo mundial, III, oil on wood and iron, 23,5 × 35 cm
Oscar Tusquets Lluís Ventós
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