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19 juin 2018
This week, discover the Bolivian artist Alfredo Lopez’s inspirations and techniques, through his artwork “L’univers de l’autre“.
In this painting, “L’univers de l’autre”, I want to show how incomprehensible is the fact that we accept other’s worlds without understanding it.
The characters’ looks show a certain complicity, but for the rest, I played with great pleasure with a gentle caricature in opposing what characters wear: silk gloves on one side, leather ones on the other, velvet evening dress for her and for him, a hunting outfit smelling like…countryside, I would say.
The woman’s gestures are closed in on herself, the rifle isn’t broken. At first sight, it’s not an invitation to share. The hunter points out his goose to keep a distance, or is it a misunderstood offering? Because links exist: olives are tempting the animal’s beak, the empty glass is an invite too.
The 50’s scenery can be seen as an intemporality, or as a refusal from the characters to move with the times.
Speaking of time, the true picture isn’t this one, it’s the next one: when the characters will make the vertical line separating their two worlds disappear. But I’m not interested in it, I’d rather ask questions than answering them.
It all starts with an idea, a “flash”, which quickly becomes a sketch.
I rework the ones I think are worth it, simplifying the lines, taking off everything that isn’t essential to what I want to tell.
I use good old Photoshop to test compositions that can’t be done on paper (for example, trying to enlarge a character). Doing it on paper would require starting over for a result that might not work in the end. The computer gives an additional freedom to the pencil and the eraser.
It is the same for colors: even if I often visualize what I want before transposing it on the canvas, I explore color combinations that I wouldn’t have thought of at first. There aren’t ugly or beautiful colors; it’s the relation between them that is interesting.
Then, it is a classical work, with paint and brushes. Basically, I work with lacquers that need to be applied flat (which means no easel but a table) and using multiple layers. It is a little limiting technically, but it gives this brilliant and slightly industrial effect I’m looking for.
L'univers de l'autre