After The Gold Rush – Jules de Balincourt in the CAC Málaga.

I always loved museums and I have been visiting many exhibitions. But during the full lockdown in a way I forgot how much they mean to me. Putting my foot into the “After the Gold Rush” exhibition was again a great moment – a bit like coming home. I realized that museums are kind of spiritual rooms for me – especially when they have generous space, only few visitors, a delicate hanging and good art. So after the opening of our community lockdown I took a shower in art.

Who is Jules de Balincourt? And what about the Gold Rush?

I didn’t know what to expect – did you know this artist? So I went without expectations for the pure reason that it was possible to visit and full of trust in the choice of the CAC Málaga museum. Jules is a French born artist, who’s parents immigrated to California in his youth. So the title is more a metaphor for all the traveling, the hopes and the chances of a new start he and his parents experienced in his youth. This is a rather short answer. But you will find more competent sources at the end of this post!

I have to confess, Jules de Balincourt was not known to me. Its interesting which artists become like old acquaintances or good friends and which are completely out of sight. That´s surely a question of personal taste and education – but I wonder how much the culture of each country plays a role in defining who the big players are.

About 30 large paintings in very strong and somehow false colors are to be seen in the exhibition room. For me it seemed something between kind of naive and real and irreale. So in a way rather open, what to think about the paintings. I am not an interpreter, you will find interesting the explanation of this article in the English Sur.

As an artist I am very much interested in the overall impression and in some painting details.

What I spotted

Presented are works created in the last 10 years. All of the paintings in large format are painted on wood – the artist comes from ceramic – so the harder support is something that he is very familiar with.

Some of the colors seem thinly applied and also sanded down. This makes them appear in places as if they were painted on threadbare worn fabric – an interesting effect, since the material is rather hard and very resilient where they are applied.
Even the seemingly relatively realistic scenes get a tipping effect from the unreal colors. So it’s never quite clear what story the characters are telling in the setting.

View of some more paintings – tap the paintings to enlarge.

The painting of the soldiers sticks a bit out of this kind of dreamy-distant atmosphere. The artist talks of the theme of isolation, nature and cities. It is unexpectedly a bit of a shock to suddenly come face to face with this life-sized group of soldiers with faces that are not clear to read.

A group of solders standing like for a photos shoot

Links to “After the Gold Rush”

Find the page of the CAC Málaga here.

Get more detailed information in this article about the exhibition in the English Sur!

See an interesting interview with the artist here on Youtube

You will find more information about my visits to the CAC Málaga here:

A place to go to in Málaga! Juan F. Lacomba at the CAC Málaga

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Hello Picasso! Hello Málaga!

Hello Picasso! Hello Málaga!

Picassos birthplace is Málaga. As one of its very famous sons he is a visitors magnet and gets quite some attention with a birthhouse to be visited, a Picasso museum and of course a celebration of his birth day. This year in October it would have been his 124 birthday which is celebrated with an „Octubre Picassiano“. Many events will take place and artists willl exhibit paintings that are related to Picasso.

I was invited but hesitating  whether to take part in this challenge or not. I am not so much the artist who follows a concept. But good thing came out of it: strolling through the Picasso Museum I started to get more involved with the idea of doing a painting inspired by the great masters work. I fell especially in love with his pink period and the animals he painted. This months you can see my painting in the Galeria Javier Román in Màlaga together with 30 more surprising art works.  Entrance free and just round the corner of Picassos birthplace in Màlaga. The exhibition is open till 20th of November.

 

A neighborhood full of vivid art in Málaga

We had the pleasure to take part in an art walk in Málaga on a very sunny day in January. The Dutch artists Birgit Gerritsen and Els Wiering  from “Meet the artists in Málaga” showed us a neighborhood we had not seen before. Just near Picassos birthplace to the north we walked into an area full of neglection and full of art. Countless street art paintings were  waiting for us, telling the story of creativity, anger and desperation. We were very touched! Have a look and don’t miss this area when you come to Málaga.

Admiring street art and artists studios in Málaga

The walk trough all this bold and engaging art was fantastic, but not the only highlight of this day! We had the chance to meet 5 artists, one in the street and 4 in their studios, each of them  creating very different art work. Like always, it is so interesting to meet an artist in her/his studio and get in touch in a different way with art!
In one of the streets we had the pleasure to observe a well known Málaga street art artist at work, his Artist name is “Doger”, but you might find him more easily in social media under Jonathan Morillas.
We met the sculptor Juan Vega Ortega, who works in a very traditional way with wood and creates most moving statues which you may see in one of the religious processions. We met Victoria Maldonado who shares her studio with José Luise Valverde – a “black and white” couple. Victoria is making most delicate organic-like figures from different materials, mostly white, while José is working with lots of black paint and manages to make us feel like being in the darkness. With time your eyes get used to the darkness and you discover more and more. Cuban artist Rodolfo Llopiz is working in an impressing printing studio with most different printing techniques and showed us a bit of his art.

Rodolfo Llopiz in his studio.

Juan Vega Ortega in his studio.

Victoria Maldonado and José Luise Valverde in their studio.


It was a great walk – don’t miss it when you get the opportunity!