Arty

Born in Barcelona in 1952, Arturo Espinosa, aka Arty, still lives today in the Catalan capital. His work draws deeply from Impressionism. On the one hand, by the choice of his subject matter of mostly landscapes, and on the other hand by the brightness and vitality of his colour palette which is highlighted by visible and furtive brushstrokes. Added to this is a touch of expressionism as the artist seeks to capture the sensitivity and "energetic nature" of things in order to inspire an emotional response in the viewer. Indeed, Arty manages to suggest this vital force through thick fillings and colour overlays. He likes to use spatulas for their fluidity, using them to apply and remove at will the oil paint in his works. The artist works against conventional wisdom and argues that the greatest concentration is necessary for spontaneous work. For him, spontaneity reflects the degree of immersion in the painted subject. This is the result of rigorous exercise that he has practiced for many years, in which "the object suggests to the hand, which obeys, leaving the mind aside." Arty’s objective is to only paint what he sees in the moment, for a mere gesture can capture the essence of an object. The artist’s painting is therefore surprising, as if inhabited by two different natures. The first is a chaotic mix of colours, which is seen up close. The second is visible from a distance, connecting the elements of chaos and giving them meaning. These two points of "micro and macro" view are essential to his works, because Arty wants the viewer to see his paintings as he sees life. At a distance everything seems to have a place and a set role, but looking closer, our eyes get lost in the agitation. The artist intellectualizes his creative approach and describes his painting as Tao painting, which in Chinese philosophy represents the indescribable fundamental energy of all things. Arty’s painting is the result of deep meditation. Thought is freed from the burden of feeling, to achieve freedom in which things are revealed in all their facets.