Artist Spotlight: Miquel Barceló

– by Wendy Morley –

miquel-barceloAs one of the most celebrated artists in Europe, Miquel Barceló’s work has been regularly commissioned for notable public spaces. His Gran Elefandret was installed in New York’s Union Square in 2011. He created a ceramic panorama for the chapel of St. Pere in the Cathedral of Palma, and in 2008, the artist covered the immense domed ceiling with stalactites made from 35 tons of paint in Room XX in the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva. Last summer, he was the subject of joint exhibitions in Paris, held at the Musée Picasso and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Acquavella Galleries is presenting an exhibition of his new works from October 27 to December 9, 2016 at 18 East 79th Street, New York City. In these paintings, Miquel Barceló returns to two subjects that have continued to inspire the Mallorcan artist throughout his career: his love of the sea and the spirit of the bull fight. His intensely colored seascapes and corrida paintings apply meticulous layers of mixed media to realize heavily impastoed canvases, while his ceramics evoke organic forms.

Miquel Barceló was born in Felanitx, Majorca in 1957 and currently lives and works in Mallorca, Spain, and Paris, France.

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En Rodondo, April 2016 Mixed media on canvas 45 1/4 x 57 1/2 inches (115 x 146 cm) Art © 2016 Miquel Barceló / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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Kraken central, 2015, Mixed media on canvas 74.75″ x 106.25″ inches (190 x 270 cm), Art © 2016 Miquel Barceló / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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2014 Ceramic 34 7/8 x 19 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches (88.5 x 49.5 x 32 cm) Art © 2014 Miquel Barceló / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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