On the 11th May members enjoyed an exclusive lecture at the gallery delivered by Enrique Azocar, a Chilean/British artist.
Enrique, who is a part time lecturer in Art and Drawing at Durham University, lives and works in Northumberland. He has worked on art educational programs for TWAM including work at the Laing Art Gallery. Enrique also runs a successful art studio where he tutors painting sessions in various media. Further details can be found at www.theartstudio.space
The talk at CACH generated much discussion, notably with his painting entitled “London” (see above) (oil media, 137 x 125 cm) which depicted an aerial cityscape:
Enrique enjoys the process of making art, the development of an idea within the imagination and its workings in to a physical form. He said “These aerial perspective paintings can be said to encourage a dialogue between the pictorial sublime and the physical relationship between the viewer´s image and their experience of an imaginary urban area, from global macrocosm to the microcosm of its inhabitants’ perspective. These imaginary cities do not simply seek to revisit the urban past or our relationship with it, but to invade and reinvent it closely through its history and geographic design’s patterns.
“My paintings show colour relations and imaginative structures, within one varying composition. I placed pure colours next to each other with mesmerizing effect. I see my paintings as an ambiguous game that moves between the figurative and the abstraction. I have no intention whatsoever to imitate what I see. I’d like to think that I am exploring how artificial and arbitrary “The Sublime” can be, when reconstituted in the context of the studio, by using an imaginatively elevated perspective (aerial view).”
The lecture, which was interesting and informative, slightly overran its time limit due to the engagement of those present. More about the artist and his work can be found on his website, http://www.enriqueazocar.com
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