Joan Hernández Pijuan
Blomma med gröna kanter
/ Flor amb limits verds, 1996
Photo courtesy of Malmo Konsthall
Joan Hernández Pijuan: Paintings 1972-2002
MALM&OUML; • Malmö Konsthall • Ongoing
|The exhibition of works by Spanish-Catalan artist Joan Hernández Pijuan consists of paintings and drawings from the beginning of the 1970s up until today., Hernández Pijuan, who was born in Barcelona in 1931 and who now lives part time in the Spanish countryside, began to paint at an early age. In the 1960s he began painting in an expressionist style whose lines revel the movements of the hand and body. During the 70s, empty spaces gained an ncreasingly prominent place in his imagery and the lines of sweeping gestures were replaced by more low-key, geometric shapes. The present exhibition of his works commences at this point in his artistic career. |
During the later part of the 70s, Hernández Pijuan worked above all with the relationship of the surface to different techniques. He experimented with water colours, oils and graphite. The central theme in his thoughts and work until the beginning of the 80s was above all how one can bring into being actual pictorial space. How is always more important than what. He proceeds with his painting systematically and with care: "I cannot finish one chapter without exploring all its possibilities. I came to abstraction and formal painting fairly late and very slowly - I would say that it was by a process of elimination and expansion."
During the 80s, Hernández Pijuan began to introduce new forms into his painting. The forms resemble drawing and have a rhythm which can be traced back to the material he uses. The motifs, in those cases they are recognisable, became similar: flowers, cathedrals, buildings or cypresses. He began to paint a frame within the frame - a technique which later became very characteristic of his style.
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