The paintings by Anna Agustí Hontangas takes us to the African continent where she explores a variety of distant and complex realities with which she feels deeply connected.
Although the death of painting is regularly proclaimed, for artists like Hontangas, the practice is still a vital means of self-expression. Like Delacroix, Fortuny and more recently Barceló, Hontangas finds her main source of inspiration for expression on the African continent.
Her paintings represent known and imagined landscapes, where human figures are surrounded by vibrant colors, and where the skyline gains prominence over the textured surface of the painting. Images and emotions reveal themselves slowly, like the passage of time in Africa. Her protagonist is not only the landscape but also the faces, “exotic and mysterious faces at the same time”, the sea, “the sea that moves like a blue sky”, the people, “people walking forward with determination”, and the children, “children with no other worry than their own small area of the world”. It’s as if she wishes to capture an instant.
The work, on canvas or wood, develops as a complex dialect between the painted and added elements of collage, like a wrestling match: scratching, removing, sticking, superimposing… until the painting doesn’t need anything else and gives up.
Hontangas’ use of water and pigment stains on rough paper to suggest characters that emerge at their own rhythm. When fused with collage, the technique gives shape and meaning to the work in a direct language, showing a mastering of the mixt technique.
The success of Hontangas’ work has been achieved with a very personal work, which expresses in a close language and allows us to find, both the roots of tradition and the concerns of modernity.
The great ability to observe what surrounds her, the remarkable aesthetic sense and the perfect harmony of all the elements make a final work absolutely vivid and sincere.
My Studio-Workshop where the works are developed.
If you want to come see me please contact me. I will be glad to welcome you and you will be able to observe my work process.
T. +34 677 301 154
My Art Gallery, open from July to October
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