Joaquin Bayona

The Spanish artist's practice is first and foremost guided by pleasure, the pleasure of painting, finding oneself, and becoming centred. His themes, cities, natural landscapes, the animal kingdom, seem distinct on the surface but serve mainly as pretexts for exploring materiality, its effects and textures. The artist's pallet is sober and has hushed tones that are serene, ideal for creating intimate, poetic and romantic atmospheres.

Sometimes, his square formats formally and structurally represent an idea of order, harmony and balance. However, the artist does not wish to- and cannot- remove himself from the accidental, from feeling bereft and human, and from producing works that crumble and that move their viewers. Joaquin Bayona confirms in his work that all landscape is above all an abstraction and therefore a painting, which leads him to opt for the suggestive rather than the descriptive by introducing foggy, esoteric and blurred atmospheres.

The sea, the water element, always plays a primary role in his inquiries. Symbolising magic and dreams, the sea is often associated with the beauty of architecture such as is the case in representations of Venice, which are mysterious and oneiric. The artist's varied technique suits the depth of his compositions. Mixing acrylic, oil paint and pencils as well as water paint renders his paintings powerfully expressive and showcases his ever-growing desire to connect with his inner world.