Grita Insam

José Loureiro

18 Sep - 31 Oct 2009


September 18 - October 31, 2009
opening: September 17, 2009, 7pm

In cooperation with Cristina Guerra, Lisbon

Opening on the 18th of September the Galerie Grita Insam presents a series of large-sized canvases and gouaches by Portuguese artist José Loureiro, born 1961 in Mangualde. The exhibition was developed in collaboration with Lisbon based Christina Guerra Contemporary Art and runs through the 31st of October.

In addition to the brush, which represents the classical tool of painting, the artist also used various templates to realize this series. The regular grid is created by the nature of a template and one can experience a strong tension when it is juxtaposed to the individually drawn brushstroke. New lines seem systematically drawn like corrections of the original structures. The rhythmicity is cracked by the artist, for instance by the drawing of a rectangle that violates the previously created axiality. Loureiro’s fondness for “breaking rules” is shown by the process of applying colours in layers and by using templates. The partition and fragmentation of the geometric figures and diagonal lines evoke the impression of spontaneous colour stripes.

Loureiro’s series benefit from the interaction between transparency and opacity, the tension between manual and reproductive character as well as the contradiction between its formal strictness and simultaneously inherent randomness.One can observe in José Loureiro’s work some references to the work of Piet Mondrian or Kasimir Malevich. The artist seems to be interested in historical tradition, formal values and the evolution of painting in relation to representation. His artistic efforts bear a relation to a long tradition in painting and seem to aim at the continuation of the same.

Tags: José Loureiro, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian