Contemporary Figuration. Paints and sculpture.
Director: Jordi Barnadas Rull
Address: Consell de Cent, 347
Location: 08007 BARCELONA
Timetable: Tuesday to Friday, 10:30-13:30h y 17-20h.; Monday morning closed and 17-20h.; Saturday 11-14h and 17-20h.; also concerted meetings
Figurative, realist, abstract and conceptualist works
Director: Roser Xandri-Calafell
Address: Cavallers, 31
Location: 25002 LLEIDA
Timetable: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30h.-13:30h. and 17:30h.-20:30h.
The Japanese artist Keiko Ogawa, introduced for her partner, Catalan painter, settled in Barcelona 12 years ago where she has found her professional artistic career.
Her paintings of intimate subjects, her brushstroke (which reminds us of the Spanish Realism) is wise and at the same time fast, fresh, with a sketchy look.
The bold treatment of colour and warm light are other features of her work.
This exhibition aims to show the work of Shigeyoshi Koyama and Keiko Ogawa, both artists trained in artistic level in Japan. In his work, there is a clear Oriental tradition, as well as the way to treat the themes and colors
Shigeyoshi Koyama is interested in capturing outdoor spaces and landscapes which are usually their closest environment where almost never can appreciate figures, on the other hand Keiko Ogawa is interested in capturing day to day life: people, interiors, animals, among others.
The relationship between the work of these two artists as regards their technical, light, strokes, colors, and themes gives an interesting relationship between, outdoors and indoors makes this exhibition reached a wealth of dialogue through the observation of works by viewers
Koyama believes that East and West are two extremes that do not confront but coexist quietly. He likes the landscape and is faithful to this topic. He paints a sunlight that exists in his imagination and corresponds usually at the end of the day, for that the color that dominates his work is grey. He don’t feel paint in a hard blue, even paint scenes of Mediterranean
Thus, his oils canvas reveal bare landscapes, rocks and exaggerated dim light and have become a characteristic image in his work so that viewers quickly identify that it is a Koyama’s work.
Keiko Ogawa, although in the beginning their work tended towards abstraction with intense chromatic range, when she moved to Barcelona in 2005, and through the influence of some realist painters of this city, her style evolves into figuration, with more natural colors.
Now, in hers work paints appears people, animals and objects in their everyday life, scenes from the immediate environment of the artist, from objects displayed characters still lifes to portraits outside his home. Ogawa’s work i’ts part of an intimate realism.
Through painting, Ogawa discover new colors, shades and a deeper insight into the light. Its aim is to portray the human universe that surrounds it, with its expressive components, psychological and relationship between artist and object or character.