Núria Guinovart

Barcelona, 1961
Equilibri IV , cement and acrylic on wood, 70 × 120 cm

About the artist

Núria Guinovart’s unique technique based on the use of industrial cement and tar, responds to the desire to articulate a poetical discourse that conveys strength and, at the same time, a subtle and deep warmth. Using these heavy materials that appear to have little aesthetic value, the artist constructs a refined world made of feather light, even lyrical, spaces.

She makes incisions on the cold cement surface after having smoothed and waxed it.  Her delicate outline, emphasised by the tar, removes the matter as she is drawing. This is a risky procedure as her actions are irreversible. The cement drying process determines the time that the artist must make her personal statement, that of her sensitivity and her ability of expression. By means of simple and abstract shapes she reveals silent spaces, which often relate a sense of balance.

Guinovart uses neutral tones, usually a variety of grey ranges as a background and she also introduce a soft pallet of pale greens, blues, whites and purples inside the structures.

The natural texture occurring on the cement when drying contribute to a sense of fragility, which reinforces the tenderness transferred to the cold and lifeless cement by Núria Guinovart. Her artwork becomes loaded with feelings and emotions, which can make the matter speak.

Her paintings connect with the Catalan Contemporary Abstraction by evoking the murals of Preshistorical and Romanesque art.

Núria Guinovart has exhibited in well-known Catalan galleries. Her creations are in various collections and her career has been followed by the professional art sector, art critics and audience with increasing interest.

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Atmosfera, cement and acrylic on wood, 120 × 70 cm
Dubtes, cement and acrylic on wood, 60 × 40 cm
Encallat , cement and acrylic on wood, 80 × 120 cm
Impuls , cemento y acrílico sobre tabla, 60 × 100 cm
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