March it’s been such an exciting month with the preparation of the calendar for the upcoming art fairs and the presentation of a new artist who joined us. Through the end of the month, we will be presenting new artworks by French-artist Bertrand Fournier and the first exhibition at our gallery by local artist Marria Pratts.
Bertrand Fournier transported us to the French “campagne” with his new exhibition at our XL Space “Méchoui”. Known for his symbolic and abstract images full of colour, he seeks for the perfection giving a careful thought to create pure and balanced compositions, to the point that he also designs the frames for his artworks.
The colourful brushstrokes made in oil and primer on canvas, proof of the artist intention to leave a mark of the creative process, narrated a sort story that revolved around a shepherd, a flock, a wolf and a fatal ending. Even though we leave the outcome of this story to your will, as it was conceived by the artist himself.
The exhibition moved us back to Fournier’s childhood memories and to his own imagination, a constant narrative present in his work that we could also see in his past exhibition. His artworks convey some nostalgia and a remembrance of past times and serve as an evidence for the present and the future ones. He depicts what he lived, felt, seen, in order to convey such feelings and impressions in his paintings and avoid them to faded with the passage of time.
At the L Space the gallery presented new artworks by Barcelona-born artist Marria Pratts, a young yet consolidated talent. Pratts is no stranger to the local and international art scene, with solo exhibitions in such important institutions such as the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona). The artist nurtures different techniques and mediums, from the oil on canvas to her sculptures made using neon, she casts her “ghosts” and allocate a place for them to be, inside the canvas. It might come as unintentional, but if there’s something that happens in Marria’s art is that everything ends up having meaning, and the creatures and irregular brushstrokes come together somehow.
Far beyond any easy definition or label, we could say she is a heiress of the Art Brut, but she has her own style regardless of any input or academic system, which she never felt she was part of. Marria depicts our everyday anomalies, the weirdness and the not-so-cool part of our society, adopting a naive style and showing the confidence to embrace imperfection in a world where usually artists are lauded for their clean and smooth lines. In brief, Marria is Marria.
In her first presentation at our gallery, we can say without hesitation that her particular vision of our world fascinated all the onlookers, art enthusiasts, lots of them already followers of her, and art professionals, and the exhibition has already great success. Therefore, we would like take the opportunity to thank you for your support to the new artists who joined our gallery and for the futures ones to come.
The french countryside, a wolf frightening sheep and nice ghosts made of neon lights. If there’s something the different characters and elements playing in through the art of our March’s artists have in common, is a willingness to send a message evoking their own experience and, above all, their willingness to tell us their story.
Images of Bertrand Fournier solo exhibition at our XL Space:
Images of Marria Pratts’ solo presentation at our L Space:
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