Antón Lamazares


Press Release

Galerie Richard is pleased to present « Alfabeto Delfín » by Antón Lamazares. He was born in 1954 in Maceira, a village in Lalín (Pontevedra, Spain), where he studied at a boarding school, the Franciscan convent of San Antonio de Herbón. Both places left a deep impression on the mystical and poetic process of his work. « Always accompanied by that magic halo and that Celtic mystic that enclose the forests of his native Galicia, where he assimilated the powers of Nature, that under his hand are transfigured into an art that fuses painting with an omnipresent musical poetry. » (1).

 

« Self-taught, Lamazares creates an autonomous universe that evolves from expressionism and abstraction to the essentialism of his latest series, always from the dialogue of soul and memory, sensuality and spirituality, dream and poetry. Lamazares offers his most original and refined proposal, where painting and poetry are fused together through his christian and landworking alphabet: the painter hurts and works the cardboard in the search of the beginning traces that speak of the sacred of the origin and the enchantment of matter in its encounter with the primitive verb.The Alfabeto Delfín consists of twenty-seven letters, which make up various poems and messages on monochrome backgrounds in large format cardboard. Alfabeto Delfín is one more step in the constant evolution towards a certain form of absolute originality. It is creating these signs, as an arcane and mystical language, which corresponds to art, full of illuminating gestures, whose eventual decoding does not corrupt the mystery it carries. Lamazares goes back in time to the primordial sense of the poetic that indistinctly refers us to the creative breath, which is also an inventor, innovative, but setbacks to the original of the origin. In fact, Lamazares not only creates a vocabulary of his own, but cleaves it on the humble cardboard, thus transforming it into a winged script: a pictograph. Lamazares falls within a homeloving Celtic imagination, that rebuilds the world with emotional blows, so fertile by its endearing Galician homes, as it was credited, among others, by Rosalía de Castro, Castro Viejo, and the great Alvaro Cunqueiro. But unlike most of them, Lamazares leaves a gap to the recollection of cordial intimacy, which transforms screams into the whispers of the Franciscan pleading, that humble prayer for Nature, that transcends our superbs delusions of grandeur.

Painting is an act of unveiling, creating an empty space where the words of the heart are being heard again in the world. That's what we see in these paintings, a prayer. That is why they are populated with delicate and mysterious words. It is an encrypted language that Lamazares calls the Dolphin Alphabet, playing with the name of his father - Dolphin - and with the idea of that  « end » that contains the germ of a new beginning. » (2).

 

At the age of 19 Anton Lazamares began to exhibit his paintings. By the age of 30, he was famous for his figurative paintings, painted in an expressionist mode and of a great chromatic intensity. His works have been chosen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the program "Spanish Art for the World" with Antonio Saura, Joan Hernández Pijuan, Millares, Pablo Serrano, Oteiza and Antonio Tàpies. The artist lives in Berlin since 2004. He has exhibited his work at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York, the Kiscelli Museum in Budapest, the National Gallery in Jordan, the Cervantes Institute in Damascus, Syria, as well as in Ourense, Spain, at the Cultural Centre of the Delegation. In 2010 he exhibited his works at the Santiago de Compostela University’s Church. He was honored with the Golden Shield of the University of Santiago de Compostela, the first time in six centuries that this award is conferred upon an artist. That same year he received the Castelao medal. In 2011 the new museum of Pontevedra dedicates a personal anthology of his works from 1980 to 2010. Since 2013 he undertakes regular exhibitions at the Rafael Perez Harnando Gallery (Madrid), the El Seminari Monastery (Tarragona) and at the Cultural Center La Casa del Soldado In Panama. He participated in the international exhibition On the Road dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi along with Boltanski, Kounellis, Tápies, Beuys. In 2016, he exhibited his Alfabeto Delfín at the Círculo de Bellas Artes of Madrid, and at the Antonio Pérez Foundation, Center for Contemporary Art of Cuenca.

 

(1)   Juan Miguel Hernández León, president of the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid

(2)  Francisco Calvo Serraller, art critic from El País and Gustavo Martín Garzo, writer