Saturday, 7 December 2013

Mi Blog Es Tu Blog - Gonzalo Orquín

I came across two of Gonzalo's paintings at a friend's house in Rome. 
I wrote him but we couldn't find the time to meet up; then by chance as he was passing by Palermo ( Sicily) during my latest show there he was kind enough to come to the opening and we have been in touch ever since. 
I find his beautiful paintings very Spanish in colours, and they all have that sense of longing that I often find in the work of displaced artists. This is his post:

Interno Nozze, 2013, oil on linen

Who are you?

I am Gonzalo Orquin. I was born in Spain in 1982 but I have been living in Italy for almost ten years now. I came here originally for the chance to study the art I love from up close, some sort of Gran Tour 2.0.
In 2006 I had my first Solo show in Rome with a good success and from that time on I luckily started to live on my art and had several shows in Italy and another Solo in Paris in 2007.

Why this painting?

I chose this work because is the latest one from a series where I have been studying nocturnal interiors and figures; in this case, a couple. I have been working on this motif for two years. I tend to have fixed habits so I stick to a theme for quite a while, I don't really like to skip fast from one thing to the next. I have a few ideas I want to work with in the future, perhaps the nocturnes will end in 3 or 4 paintings time, but you never know.

Technical notes

It's a very large painting, 180x220 cm. I am very peculiar about technical stuff. The stretchers are traditionally built by a real Roman artisan. Expensive but they are small masterpieces in themselves, seasoned wood sanded by hand, they are extraordinary. 
I prepare my own raw linen, it's a chore but I can't paint on preprimed because I like to maintain control drying speed and opacity ( my paintings are very matt in real life, because of the ground I use).  I also make my own medium, a mixture of turps, dammar and wax.

Where is it now ?

It's in the L'Opera Gallery in Rome. It was shown during Trialogo, a show that had quite a resonance ( for all the wrong reasons, editor's note ). It has now been acquired by the gallery.


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Ivory Black
Lamp Black
Permanent Carmine
Venetian Red
Naples Yellow
Yellow Ochre

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