Hernández produces rich tapestries of line and colour. Teetering between abstraction and representation, the work is underpinned by his extensive knowledge of art history, and, more recently, a specific inquiry into old and modern masters from his native country. There’s a beautiful exploratory quality about his painting: the lavish swathes of colour in concert with linear black gestures create a cosmos of vitality and dynamism.
In a new body of works on display at Victoria Miro Mayfair, figurative forms are conjured from a dynamic interplay of lines and marks. Hernández thinks of these works as 'invented portraits' – modelled not on specific individuals but analytical of techniques, such as chiaroscuro, used to delineate and describe a figure in space. For the artist, the process of 'making and unmaking' these works speaks metaphorically of how identity is forged through time: 'We are all constructed from these broken moments. We continue, we fall, and we continue again.'
Hernández has a rigorous approach to his work, as he notes – 'It’s very important for me to have everything under control…. They may look like action painting or expressionism, but it’s a deep and meticulous examination of those languages, a way of creating my own contemporary take on a certain aesthetic movement.' Beautiful stuff indeed.
|What||Secundino Hernández: Paso, Victoria Miro|
|Where||Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road , London, N1 7RW | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Old Street (underground)|
01 Apr 17 – 06 May 17, Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
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