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Life of Octopus
Corta travesía, 2018. 50 x 65 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
Ora prima, 2018. 50 x 65 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
Stock, 2018. 46 x 55,5 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
Tiempo de vida, 2018. 130 x 161 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
El foc el mar, 2018. 118 x 132 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
Cala Gran 2018 192,5 x 270 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
Ostinato rigore, 2018. 190 x 270 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
Hiperbòlic, 2018. 218 x 269 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
Horas extra, 2018. 115 x 195 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
Epíleg, 2018. 54 x 65,5 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
Hasta el punto más lejano, 2018. 114 x 195 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
Resistència íntima, 2018. 39,5 x 46 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
Íntima resistència, 2018. 39,5 x 47 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
Temor i tremolor, 2018. 243 x 244 x 12 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
Vivere cauto, 2018. 107 x 81 x 6 cm. Mixed media on canvas.
Ofici vell, 2018. 70 x 40 x 15 cm. Mixed media on tree bark.
Autofàgia, 2017. 50,2 x 32 cm. Mixed media on paper.
Hansel i Gretel, 2017. 34,9 x 59,7 cm. Mixed media on paper.
Baixos Vincles, 2018. 51,8 x 42 cm. Mixed media on paper.
Poema inacabat, 2018. 30,9 x 44,2 cm. Mixed media on paper.
1 m. después, 2018. 30,5 x 44,6 cm. Mixed media on paper.
Pudding, 2018. 30,6 x 44,6 cm. Mixed media on paper.
Estrategia Napoleónica, 2018. 29,7 x 23,8 cm. Mixed media on paper.
Arabesc, 2018. 50,5 x 71,9 cm. Mixed media on paper.
Dolce Stil nuovo, 2018. 50,6 x 74,5 cm. Mixed media on paper.
Avant la lettre, 2018. 31,9 x 47,8 cm. Mixed media on paper.
Precoryntaien, 2017. 77 x 103 x 90 cm. Ceramics
Flor d’un dia, 2017. 75 x 93 x 76 cm. Ceramics.
Jo et moi, Abril 2018. 41,8 x 51,6 cm. Mixed media on paper. (Front and reverse work)
Life of Octopus
19/01/2019 - 30/03/2019
Galería Elvira González is pleased to announce its second solo show of the Spanish artist Miquel Barceló opening on January 19th, 2019 at 11 am. The exhibition will have 29 new works of which fifteen are canvases, twelve are works on paper and two ceramics. All these works have been made in the past two years and will be shown to the public for the first time.

Life of Octopus is the title chosen by Barceló and refers to his deep link with the sea, its nature and wildlife, and with the relationship between humans and the seas. A romantic and desolate vision. An unsettling stormy sea that seems to relate to the moment we currently live in. Some boats with people and some empty ones lost in the sea. A large multicoloured octopus of two meters presides over one of the exhibition rooms.

The exhibition will show other subjects in which Barceló has recently worked as drawings of Goethe's book Faust, images of bullfighters and some classic stories and self-portraits.

On the occasion of Life of Octopus, a catalogue has been published by the gallery which, in addition to the works on show, will feature images from two notebooks that Miquel Barceló produced as he painted the works in the show. These notebooks as diaries, note the evolution of some paintings and also collect Barceló's thoughts that range from everyday subjects and daily obligations to thoughts of philosophical and poetic nature.


I'd lead a life of octopus.
At night eating crabs and prawns
Inside the barracks in the morning light,
I would hardly ever go to the Ciutat, or to mass, or to the
Marketplace.
All day long I wouldn't do a thing, I'd observe the shell collections of hairy crabs and limpets.
I would watch out for brunettes while entertaining myself watching a sip of suspended ink, lush (circumspect) always about to project a definitive black spittle and end any conversation

Notebook Alchi, Bangkok, París, Mallorca, Delhi, 2018. Miquel Barceló.

Miquel Barceló

Miquel Barceló (Felanitx, Majorca, 1957) started painting at a very early age thanks to his mother, Francisca Artigues, who loved to paint, and with whom Miquel shared this passion. He attended the Escola d’Arts i Oficis in Palma in 1972 and do his first solo show in 1974 at Galería Picarol (Majorca).

He began his studies of Fine Arts in Barcelona in 1975, but he quit to start his own pictorical career independently. He first received international recognition when he participated in the São Paulo Art Biennial in 1981 and in Documenta VII in Kassel in 1982, at the age of 25. Since then, his works lead him to become a model for contemporary artists who links his practice to the strong tradition of Western painting since the Baroque movement.

Living between Paris and Majorca, since the mid 80s, he's been travelling to West Africa on trips which have nourished his myths and figures. Since the beginning of the 80s, his works have been included in the most prestigious exhibitions, making him one of the most outstanding Spanish artists in the international scene.

He has been exhibited solo shows in art relevant institutions like CAPC (Bourdeaux), IVAM (Valencia), Musée du Jeu de Paume , Centre Pompidou, Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Museé du Louvre (Paris), Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (Roma), Museu d'Art Contemporani (Barcelona) and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), among many others

In the last decades he has made large scale interventions like the one in Sant Pere’s Chapel in Majorca, which he covered with clay and the dome of Hall XX of the United Nations palace in Geneva.

In 1986, he received Spain’s National Fine Arts Award and in 2003, he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts in Spain. He was the Spanish representative at the Venice Biennial Pavillion in 2009.

Miquel Barceló was included, at an early stage, in an expressionist movement that aimed to recover the practice of painting, to which he added his personal Mediterranean style. His first mature works were focused on the artist intimacy and in the pure act of painting. Later on he has enlarged his subjects to still lifes and images of libraries and museums in which he reflects an interest in the history of painting, as well as in landscapes overcrowded with flowers and animals, both from sea and earth. His work encompasses different media such as painting, sculpture and ceramics.

Also his drawings attire an special attention, arranged as travel diaries in which, in the meantime, he explores the land and the painting tools. One of his latest projects is Vivarium, in which he deeply explores the marine imaginarium that comes to life thanks to the hands of his mother Francisca Artigues and her embroideries.

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