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Virtual Exhibition

Guerrero Medina


LLum i ombra d'aigua
Start 09/01/2020
Exhibition held from September 13th to November 17th, 2007

FERMENTATION AND THE PATH

(A conversation about conversations with Guerrero Medina)

 

I still

live

drinking in

the landscape

while walking

Guerrero Medina

You never stop searching for the fermentation of nature and worldly things. A picture is never finished. If for Luigi Pirandello “to be is to become”, the work of a painter, which means each painting, is also a continual process of becoming, a process by which you walk, observe, listen, feel, and more often than not  you encounter he accident or chance occurrence which transforms you. This is painting, knowing how to live and how to travel in the painting itself. In 1980, Guerrero Medina wrote “everything...


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EXHIBITION PAINTINGS: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

Destellos
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Juncos
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Juncos en el lago
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

One of the references that we should search for in Guerrero Medina’s landscape art is undoubtedly the figure of Joaquim Mir (1873–1940). This artist is one of the most important in modern, Impressionism-inspired, Catalan landscape art. His work perfectly illustrates a certain approach towards nature, very close to that of Guerrero Medina. The relationship the artist establishes with the Empordà landscape is inseparable from the vision that is represented. It is a fusion of sensuality with the technique he uses. The pigment material marks mesmerize the viewer and submerge us into the sensuality of the artwork.
Lago a través del bosque invernal
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

When we observe Guerrero Medina’s artwork we inevitably think of Impressionism. Obviously, the artist knows this style, whereby colours really take centre stage. As Vázquez Montalbán analysed, the artist observed nature directly and discovered, and discovers for us, a macrocosm hidden in the depths of the landscapes. Flowers, tree leaves and water become portals to enter into a different world. We lose ourselves in the rapid, thick brush stroke and with an almost mystical experience it opens an infinite range of emotions in us, emotions that the artist has himself already experienced and which he now wants to convey to us.
Luz y sombras 1
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

The artist says he has been able to perfectly combine his more figurative works with his landscapes. The advantage of the latter is that they are an inexhaustible source of colours. When one looks at his works, then, one can appreciate that Guerrero Medina applies an infinite range of colours that can continue to be reproduced infinitely. The artist absorbs all the atmosphere from nature and transfers it to the canvas, just as the impressionist painters did in the second half of the nineteenth century. There are no drafts or preparatory drawings, just the colour painted directly onto canvas with a quick and concise brush stroke.
Luces y sombras 2
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Luces y sombras 4
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Luces y sombras 5
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Luces y sombras 6
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Luces y sombras 7
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

It is interesting how the artist destroys the more conventional landscape art and brings to the painting a landscape that we could define as molecular, that extends throughout the whole canvas and invites us to lose ourselves within it for a good while. Guerrero Medina’s sight decodes and simultaneously reorganizes the landscape the surrounds him, as Vázquez Montalbán very aptly commented.
Luces y sombras 8
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Luces y sombras 9
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Luz
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Luz matinal
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Luz y sombra
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Light, shadows, water and reflections are some of the features that the works display in this exhibition. For Guerrero Medina the landscape has always been an ally in his pictorial production. A theme which, according to the artist himself, allows him to fully deploy the wide range of colours on his palette. In this oil painting we can see a key feature in the landscape work by Guerrero Medina: water. The artist has always been passionate about the transparency of water in rivers, streams and pools, and in the artwork shown in this exhibition he deals with water not just for itself, but also wants to discover how lights behaves in it and is reflected in the water in the spaces where sunlight has penetrated through the leaves on the trees. This play on light and shadows, along with the reflections created on the water, dominates many of the pieces on show.
Movimiento 1
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Movimiento 3
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Movimiento 4
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

It is worth noting, as Maria Lluïsa Borràs wrote, that Guerrero Medina not only uses colour to bring his landscapes to life but also manages to subject them to the rhythm and energy of his brush stokes, with a learned gesture technique called action painting. This method of painting, combined with the large size of the diptychs and triptychs, means the landscape immediately draws us in and within seconds we find ourselves in another world full of colours and sensations.
Movimiento 4
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Orilla del lago
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Otoño
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Otoño en el agua 1
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Otoño en el agua 2
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

The large formats that Guerrero Medina offers in these works invite those who contemplate them to enter into this world of sensations that becomes translated into an inexhaustible range of colours. Each molecule of pigment is a world into which each person can penetrate and discover with their emotions. Guerrero Medina uses his painting as a catalyst to communicate all the emotions he feels. He wants to share them with the rest of humanity and it is clear he has achieved that with these great landscape paintings.
Tinta xinesa
2007
Painting
Ink on paper

Tinta xinesa
2007
Painting
Ink on paper

Tinta xinesa
2007
Painting
Ink on paper

Tinta xinesa
2007
Painting
Ink on paper

Tinta xinesa
2007
Painting
Ink on paper

Tinta xinesa
2007
Painting
Ink on paper

Pequeños remolinos
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Rama muerta en el agua
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Ramitas atrancadas
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Reflejo de luz
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

The Empordà, where the artist lives, is predominant given that it is his biggest source of inspiration for the landscape theme. The artist states: “When I paint a landscape, I need to have the easel outdoors. I sense not only the colours and forms but also the air, smells and fragrances that emanate from the earth when the topsoil heats up after a rainfall. Everything becomes one, and when you have a good moment the whole comes together in you; you just have to follow the inertia that it creates inside you then each gesture or brush stroke is a response”. The way in which the surroundings penetrate inside the artist is important and it becomes reflected on the canvas through the emotions it arouses in him. The emotional aspect is very important in his painting though needless to say this does not mean the aesthetic content is ignored. Emotion and beauty combine in the artwork on show in this exhibition.
Reflejos 1
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Reflejos 2
2007
Painting
Oil on canvas

Reflejos de colores calientes
2007
Painting
Paraffine





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