A collection of beautiful black paintings that shine
A visit not to be missed when in Málaga. Galeria Javier Marin presents black mysteries by José Luis Valverde.
Just a short stroll of 5 minutes from my very appreciated CAC Málaga (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo ) where we admired the exhibition “Gold rush” by Jules de Balincourt we had the chance to see a collection of beautiful black paintings that shine by José Luise Valverde, of whom we had just discovered two paintings which are exhibited in the CAC.
About two years ago I got to know the artist quartier Las Lagunillas in Málaga. For my husband’s birthday I had booked a guided tour through this fascinating area which included the visit of several artist’s studios. It’s always so nice to meet artists in their studio and see them at work. The Málaga artist José Luis Valverde shared his studio with Victoria Maldonado, a very gifted artist who’s mainly white and fragile objects contrast beautifully the black and heavy works by José Luis. If you are interested to read more about this quartier and its artists just push here.
After having seen some works in progress in José Luis studio, the happier I am now to see this beautiful collection on show at the Galeria Javier Marin in Málaga’s Soho district.
In the artist’s studio
The exhibition at Galeria Javier Marin
Normally paintings in dark colors are not my favorite. But with this collection I saw at the gallery I can easy be friend with. Of course as a painter who is attracted to vibrant colors I was most driven to a painting that showed a lot of softly colored leaves shining and popping out from the black background. I didn’t count the works, but Javier Marin shows in his gallery full of light quite a number of the black paintings that shine so beautifully.
What fascinates me about José Luis’ work is the use of great volume of color, that makes the painting look nearly three dimensional. The play of adding mat and very shiny paint enhances the three dimensional impression.
First you don’t see very much. The longer you watch the more the painting shares its secrets with you. A nearly similar experience when you walk into a dark room and you detect more things the more your eyes are adapting to the view. The paintings which show a lot of floral elements but also little animals like cats and birds have a kind of mystery as they hide their beauty for a while and only reveal it step by step to the patient viewer.
I really love José Luise unusual style of telling stories in black!
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