My artwork in the last four years has covered a number of series, each with a different theme, using different materials, textures and techniques. In spite of having worked on a number of large series of paintings, none of them had more than ten paintings. The only point of unity among the different works was a quest for discovery.
It is true that experimentation with different materials, textures and techniques in each of the paintings has been a point of discovery and a major part of my artwork.
My more recent objective was to pursue a work of art where I could develop a long series of pieces with the same theme.
In October of 2007 I embarked on a series of works to realize this objective. I started on the first paintings in the series of CIUTATS (Cities).
The first difference of this series from that of all my previous works is the united theme, the second, most accentuated difference was the greater use of color which was typically less pronounced in previous works of the last four years.
The major motivation for the idea behind CIUTATS was my city, Barcelona, and it’s particular infrastructure, and architecture which is unique among the cities of the world and which is easily recognizable. My personal attraction to the great cities of the world and the urban life was the remaining incentive.
I have intended to portray the different aspects of the cities as a human creation with their different levels of physical and social existence.
Man created the city and in turn the city has molded the actions and ideas of the human race. I have intended to mold the city, to create my city, to put in order the urban chaos in a reduced physical space.
Forget that the cities in which we live have been formed with asphalt, cement, human misery, forgotten revolutions, buried bones and transform them into a conglomeration of texture and color put onto the frontier of canvas and paper.
—Raul de la Torre (translated by Ralph A. De La Parra)
home :: news :: our artists :: for artists :: for galleries :: products :: contact :: report
copyright ©2008, the artisan gallery, all rights reserved. This page last updated 2008-12-08 11:21:17
Artisan Direct and The Artisan Gallery are wholly-owned subsidiaries of , a Rochester, New York based company owned by Louis Perticone.