Director: Ignasi Cabanas i Castells
Address: Santiago Rusiñol, 52
Location: 08172 SANT CUGAT DEL VALLÈS
Timetable: Monday to Saturday, 9h.-14h. and 17h.-20:30h.; Sunday, 12h.-14h.
Josep M. Forcada is a painter who knows how to approach the surrounding landscape in a pleasant and broad participatory style. He feels it belongs to him but, at the same time, he wants to share it with all of us. Standing, for instance, in front of one of his paintings featuring the Costa Brava (one of these paintings where the reddish land slides down towards the blue sea and some pines, bent as if wanting to kiss the sea, emphasize the permanent youth which renovates itself every year in the spring greens) is a highly gratifying exercise for those of us who, as he does, believe that figurative art is always a representation of a walking spirit.
MD, and with a degree in communication sciences, Josep M. Forcada is also a priest, and his main mission as such, is to combine his devotion with an intense plastic artistic activity, which he performs extremely well. Grand-son of a painter and follower – in the beginning – of different artists, he soon learned to be himself and to follow a very demanding line in his respect and in relation to others. To paint, for him, is to feel how Nature and human beings react, though if in different ways, to the same will of harmonies that, originally, proceed from a Creator and that we have to joyfully simply develop.
With reference to Forcada's art, I think we can all agree that his paintings invite us to become better persons. We feel at ease with them for they are positive, like the Franciscan Cantico del Sole (Song of the Sun) that warms up our heart and lighten our mind to allow us to ascend by the light that brings us back to the righteousness of our origins.
The painter is at the same time warm-hearted and unruffled. He is enthused by what surrounds him, but he knows how to organize himself to capture the right things that lead to a vision he wants to be transcendent. He is thus able to transmit what he desires that always goes beyond the represented picture. He could possible throw himself into a rich and personal abstraction, but the figurative art allows him to give us an example of what we should always aim to be.