Sunday, May 14, 2006

Antonio Lopez

Antonio Lopez Garcia, born in Tomelloso, Ciudad Real, Spain on the 6 January 1936.
A hyperrealist with a heart and a killer technique. He works on the spot not from photos. There is an amazing film about him by Victor Erice: "The Quince's Sun". It 's available on video in Britain and is not to be missed.


Blogger Nick Sung said...

I saw the Quince Tree film last year, but hadn't seen his paintings until now; extremely impressive!--they must have taken many many years of very intense concentration.

You have incredibly good taste!

10:57 pm  
Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

Amazing!I love it !:O)

9:34 am  
Blogger Matthew Cruickshank said...

Jesus fucking christ!

10:51 am  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

What have poor old J.C. done to you?

10:58 am  
Blogger limbolo said...

Very impressive and most intriguing. I've never seen this man's work before.
The shot of himself in the middle of the street beggars belief. I can barely imagine the guts and determination it takes to set to work in such an inhospitable, frustrating and awkward place.
And such a painting...!

12:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you find important telling that he doesn´t work from photos? Isn't the final image the most important, and the journey of seing the image, rather than the journey of making it?

12:38 am  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Anonymous. There is a realism of the "eye" and there is a realism of the "vision",...Richard Estes, for example, photographs a street scene, projects it on a canvass and applies paint on the projected spaces. Lopez looks at an image in front of him and translates it to the canvass capturing an emotional instant. Estes is a "Photo realist", Lopez is a "Realist"...."The Quince's Sun" IS ABOUT IT!!!...See it.

6:09 am  
Blogger limbolo said...

The 3rd image from the top clearly shows distortion typical of an image seen through a lens. Did he look at the scene through a lens? thereby inducing a 'photographic' effect.
The top picture is truly uncanny.

10:17 am  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

I saw the original painting. It looked to me a deliberate effect to dynamize the composition......

11:00 am  

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