Art Wanson Gallery
March 4 - 30 2016
Nina Torres Fine Art
Art Wanson Group in collaboration with Nina Torres Fine Art is pleased to invite you to this prestigious Art Exhibition by renowned artist, Mercedes Lasarte, featuring a collection of selected pieces from the Artist.
“Mercedes is a painter with such a unique course of life, famous for her ability to immortalize life´s beautiful moments through colourful and vivacious works of art “The art not only defines her own experiences – but also many of the Barons´s Thyssen-Bornemisza, who with unequalled passion contributes to this artistic legacy, which connects our yesterdays to our tomorrows,” says Mercedes Duerinckx, cofounder of the Art Wanson Gallery.
Born in Argentina and educated at the University of Los Angeles (UCLA), Mercedes now spends the majority of her time between Los Angeles and Southern Spain. Her art has been featured in exhibitions across the United States, South America, Asia and Europe. She has worked with such prestigious names as Harry Winston, Paramount Pictures, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza , Sothebi’s, Wanson Group and most recently, the Christies Gala, commissioned by H.S.H. Charlene of Monaco and H.S.H. Prince Albert II.
Mercedes Lasarte´s work is inspired by her travels, life experiences and thirty year relationship with the Thyssen family. This bond has allowed her to capture some of the Thyssen family´s happiest moments on canvas.
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Technique and Use of Colour:
“Her treatment of colour links closely to the way she expresses her feelings and joy for life. This joy and buoyancy is passed on to the viewer, who is then prompted to cheerful dreams”
Often linked to Expressionism, Mercedes Lasarte’s work is influenced by Gaugin and his Fauvist contemporaries. Her art is intended to evolve, adapt and transmit emotional sensations. She achieves this objective by immortalizing life’s most beautiful moments through her paintings.
Lasarte´s use of colours covers wide areas or flat surfaces which are clearly separated in order that they do not touch or superimpose each other. This technique became known as cloissonnisme at the end of the 19th century and has been adopted by some followers of Gauguin. Her creation of forms, vibrant shapes and characters, further references Fauvism. Figures and scenes are fluid as Lasarte does not use outlines in her creations. As such, colours and shapes are reduced to their most uncomplicated configurations and content is displayed in elementary forms. This technique is apparent to onlookers at first glance and is intended to create an array of emotions.
Another characteristic that Mercedes Lasarte has in common with Post-Impressionist painters is the emotional rather than naturalist use of colour. Various shades of green, blues and yellows are used to produce a personal experience, a memory, or a sense of longing.With all of her work, Mercedes Lasarte wishes to create an expression and character within each canvas, while using the simplest of mediums.
“Art, like music, speaks directly to us,” says Curator Karin Adrian Roques. “The artistic statement of the Fauves originates from a harmony of coloured surfaces, in which every colour and every shape is considered equal in value. There is no hierarchy between background and figure, and all the elements at hand become part of a single overall, unified rhythm.”
“Like people, art must be continuously reinvented. I try to do this in each painting, even while experimenting with techniques, colours, forms…,” says Mercedes Lasarte.
The Subjects and Inspiration:
Her subjects; figures, people, still lives, animals and fantasies, all combine a certain musicality and joyful tone.
In the words of Tomás Llorens, “Different shades of greens, blues and yellows portray an emotional rather than a naturalistic approach in the use of colour, evoking a state of mind to fix a personal experience, a memory or a longing. Such longing - or desire - is certainly the main source of Mercedes Lasarte’s inspiration; the desire to be part of the painted scene as if it were real, and to remain there forever, in that garden, close to that sea, with those friends, as in those childhood afternoons that never seemed to end, those memories in which time stops as in a dream... as in a painting”.
‘What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue,” said, famed French artist, Henri Matisse.
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