In this new series of works, Spanish-born painter Antonio Murado expands on techniques and themes from his 2012 exhibition By the Stream.
Oscillating between abstraction and representation, Murado creates conditions under which materials are made to perform and react. Relying on the chemical nature of his chosen materials, elements are put down in layers and then subsequently worked on with unusual techniques. A turpentine-soaked brush will touch over thick paint, allowing an element of chance to unfold on the surface, which is then re-worked and managed. There is an intuitive process of observation that guides what to add, what to remove and what remains. Diluted pigment is blown to form delicate petals which seem to glide across the works.
Landscape plays an important role in New Works. Murado’s interest in landscape here is an interest in its connection with history, as the context in which histories occur. His canvases are treated like landscapes, leaving marks, similar to the way one leaves marks in their environment.
Born in 1964 in the province of Lugo in Galician Spain, Murado currently lives in New York City. Shown internationally in multiple solo and group exhibitions around the world, Murado’s paintings are now held in prominent museum, corporate, and private collections including The Galician Center of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; The Museum of Fine Art, Vitoria, Spain; The Nagasaki Art Museum, Japan; and in Collections of Phillip Morris, American Express, Chase Manhattan Bank, AXA, Pfizer, and The Coca-Cola Corporation.
Gow Langsford Gallery has represented Antonio Murado since 1997. This is his first solo exhibition at our Lorne St Gallery.