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Miquel Barceló (1957)

Jain

Watercolour on paper
113.5 x 84.5 cm
Collection of the artist
© Yoan Valat, 2019

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Since the inauguration of his first solo exhibition in Majorca in 1974, at the age of 17, Barceló has been the protagonist of a long artistic journey around the world and through the history of art. Cities such as Barcelona, Paris, New York, Naples and Geneva have been home to his studios, while countries such as Morocco, Japan, India and Thailand have provided him with stages on which to imagine his most diverse pictorial narratives.In a state of permanent creative nomadism, his inspiration seems to be nourished by the light of the horizon, the dust of the desert, the winds of the sea, the ruggedness of the earth and the soul of the vernacular cultures through which he passes.   

 

These watercolors were painted in his favorite locations in India and Thailand, to which he has regularly returned in recent years. It is also the case for this vibrant and luminous watercolor he has titled Jain, which depicts a nude dancer in a movement reminiscent of the classic styles of Indian dance, and in turn harking back to the figures of classical Indian statuary. The character appears to be immersed in a process of fantastical transformation from human to plant, with flowers, leaves and branches sprouting from the orifices, head and extremities of its body.  

 

In this respect, the artist has stated that for some time now he has been fond of traveling to Thailand with a pile of paper and sketchbooks. During one of his visits to the country, he produced illustrations for an edition of Goethe’s Faust and also for Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, as mentioned earlier. These types of book, which incorporate a broad selection of works, frequently watercolors, are for Barceló another form of painting, different to when he paints onto canvas.