Javier Palacios

  • Pink Big Bang
    Óleo sobre tabla
    Oil on board
    150 x 115 cm
    2015

  • Pink skin
    Óleo sobre tabla
    Oil on board
    25 x 29,5 cm
    2015

  • Trinity Gang Bang
    Óleo sobre tabla
    Oil on board
    50 x 50 cm
    2015

  • The last scream
    Óleo sobre tabla
    Oil on board
    49,5 x 73 cm
    2015

  • Zenith
    Acrílico y óleo
    sobre tabla
    Acrylic and oil
    on board
    198 x 146 cm
    2015

  • Ente VII
    Acrílico y óleo
    sobre tabla
    Acrylic and oil
    on board
    195 x 146 cm
    2014

  • Ente IV
    Acrílico y lápiz
    sobre tabla
    Acrylic and pencil
    on board
    198 x 147,5 cm
    2014

STATEMENT

My work is a questioning and vindication of the figurative painting language. Throughout my projects I try to build a review of the traditional genres to create a visual map of the contemporary image perception.

An important part of the process is the selection of photographic images that I use as references for my painting. On one hand, I use images found on the internet that I retouch and decontextualize searching for new relationships and meanings.

On the other hand, I select human models or I make my own models with waste materials. With them I make photography sessions in which I filter and retouch those images that I use afterwards to translate them into the pictorial language. This process produces a continuous dialogue between virtual image, sculpture, photography and painting that are contained in the final result.

In this transfer from photography image to pictorial I seek to enhance the inherent characteristics of both languages: definition of details, framing, volume rendering and photography blur; the colour, texture and materiality of painting.

The iconic permanence of the image, the strangeness of the perceptual dimension, the power of quotidian shapes and structures that make the visual dimension are my objects of analysis.

My last Project “Shit Behind Beauty” is a reflexive exercise on the contemporary concept of beauty, where I experiment with the characteristics and limits of the painting itself, and establish a game between abstraction and figuration, between the recognizable and unrecognizable.

All these images are related by the common feeling that something disturbing is behind seemingly beautiful and frivolous images, as close to pop images hiding something defective inside. A fluctuation between a superficial and deeper level that suggest this hypothesis, updating Paul Valery’s radically contemporary words: “The deepest is the skin”.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, ESPAÑA, 1985.
Lives and works in Valencia.

EDUCATION

2016
PhD in Fine Arts (Summa Cum Lauden). Doctoral Thesis: The Portrait Beyond identity.

2012-2016
Research in Laboratorio Creaciones Intermedia. Valencia Polytechnic University. Spain.

2009
MFA in Artistic Production. Valencia Polytechnic University. Spain.

2008
BFA in Fine Arts . Valencia Polytechnic University. Spain.

2008

BFA in Fine Arts . Valencia Polytechnic University. Spain.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
SHIT BEHING BEAUTY. Galeria Espai Tactel. Valencia, Spain.
2011
BREATHS. FMC Jose Luis Cano. Algeciras, Spain.
2009
UNCERTAINTIES. Sala Cal, Cadiz, Spain.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
MALAGACREA. CAC Málaga. Spain
EL PAPEL DEL ARTISTA. Rafael Ortiz Gallery. Sevilla. Spain
ZONA MACO. Stand Espai Tactel. Banamex Center. Mexico D.F.
VANIDADES, INTELECTO Y ESPIRITUALIDAD EN LA COLECCIÓN ARS CITERIOR. Museum of Carmen. Valencia. Spain Cañada Blanch Foundation. La Nau. Valencia. Spain

2015
BP PORTRAIT AWARD. National Portrait Gallery. Edinburgh, UK.
BP PORTRAIT AWARD. Aberystwith Arts Centre. Wales, UK.
GRANDTOUR DKV COLLECTION. La Laboral. Gijón, España.
ARTESANTANDER. Stand Espai Tactel. Exhibition Palace, Santander. Spain.
LOS BUSCADORES DE ORO. Espacio OTR, Newcastle Foundation, Madrid. Spain.

2014
BP PORTRAIT AWARD. National Portrait Gallery. Londres, Inglaterra. SunderLand Museum. Sunderland, UK.
PERSPECTIVES COPENHAGUE. Copenhague, Denmark.
GRANDTOUR. MACUF, La Coruña.
JUSTMAD 05. Stand Espai Tactel. Madrid. Spain.
EAC 2014. El CUB. Museo de la Universidad MUA. Alicante.
VER VISIONES. Museo del Carmen, Valencia.
SELECTA SUMA. Las Atarazanas, Valencia.

2013
GRÁFIC. Colección de dibujos DKV.  CDAN. Fundación Beulas. Huesca. Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Fundación Madariaga. Sevilla.
LA ORIGINALIDAD EN EL MUNDO DE LA COPIA. C.U.D.A. Ciudad Juárez, México.
GRANDTOUR V ANIVERSARIO. Sala Moreno Villa. Málaga.
MONSTRUO. Historias, promesas y derivas. Fundación Chirivella Soriano. Valencia.
LA PRESENCIA Y LA FIGURA. Museo del Carmen, Valencia.
IN-OUT HOUSE. Sala X. University of Vigo.

2012
LA ORIGINALIDAD EN EL MUNDO DE LA COPIA. Chiayi Cultural Creative Industries Park. Taiwan. Tainan University of Technology. Taiwan.
GRÁFIC. Colección de dibujos DKV. Casa Góngora, Córdoba.
ESTAMPA. Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid.
WORLD EVENT YOUNG ARTISTS. Lakeside Gallery. Nottingham, UK.
IN-OUT HOUSE. Sala Rectorado. Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
LA PRESENCIA Y LA FIGURA. La Lonja, Alicante.

2011
ERGO HESTIA. Galería Nacional de Sopot. Poland.
COLECCIÓN DE ARTE DKV. Palacio Provincial de la Diputación de Cádiz. Cádiz.

2010
IKAS ART 2010. Bilbao Exhibition Center. Bilbao.

GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES

2012-2016
Research Fellowship F.P.U. for PhD Studies. Sponsored by Spanish Ministry of Education.

2013
Art production grant Arte y Enfermedades. Sponsored by Abbvie.

2012
WEYA (World Event Young Artists) at Nottingham. Sponsored by Arts Council England.

2010
DKV GrandTour at Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin. Sponsored by DKV.

2009
Grant of Excellence. Sponsored by Valencia Polytechnic University.

SELECTED AWARDS

2014
BP Portrait Award Visitor´s Choice 3rd place. London, UK.
1st Prize Enrique Ginestal Award. Toledo, Spain.
Purchase Prize EAC 2014. Alicante, Spain.
1st Prize Sant Joan d´Alacant Painting Award. Alicante, Spain.
Young Artist Prize Miradas Award. Alicante, Spain.

2013
1st Prize Gredos Painting Award. Ávila, Spain.
Young Andalusian Artists Prize. Jaén, Spain.
Medal of Honor 28th Edition of BMW Award. Madrid, Spain.
Medal of Honor Senyera Painting Award. Valencia, Spain.

2012
1st Prize National Painting Award Vila de Pego. Alicante, Spain.
Medal of Honor 27th Edition of BMW Award. Madrid, Spain.
Purchase Prize International Art Award CEC. Cádiz, Spain.
Accesit Painting Competition Club Rotary. Valencia, Spain.

2011
1st Prize Salvador Soria Painting Award. Alicante, Spain.
2nd Prize Jose Camarón International Award. Castellón, Spain.
Medal of Honor 26th Edition of BMW Award. Madrid, Spain.
Medal of Honor VI Figurative Painting Award. MEAM, Barcelona, Spain.

2010
1st Prize Mainel Foundation Painting Award. Valencia, Spain.
1st Prize Young Artists Painting Award. Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

COLLECTIONS

DKV Collection.
Confederation of Cadiz Entrepeneurs.
Winterthur Foundation.
Mainel Foundation.
Esprohident Foundation.
Newcastle Foundation.
Alió Foundation.
Joly Foundation.
San Fernando Museum of History.
Pego Museum of Contemporary Art.
Elda Museum.
Ars Citerior.
Governments of Alicante, Castellón, Jaén and Ávila.
Councils of Talavera, Sant Joan, Benissa, Algemesí, Jerez, Arcos and Chiclana.
Private collections from Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Australia.

 

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