Alain Urrutia

My painting practice involves selecting pre-existing photographic images that have under no circumstances been chosen beforehand for their thematic nature. In this way everyday situations become aesthetically orientated objects. I never work under strict plans; every situation, every image and every object are susceptible of suddenly entering realm of art. Painting is founded on the exercise of revealing but my work shows a specific approach on surfaces that seeks to move away from a bluntness of photography, permuting elements or symbols into new relations.

For the last few years I have been producing a type of painting that is closely related to memory and to the construction of History. This stance refers to the former's fragile nature, a play of shadows with layers of black and whites that produce evanescent and sometimes unattainable images; Bleaching or darkening their colors, privileging certain details, cropping out the back story and leaving us with a freestanding painted scene that consciously courts enigma.
Who Alain Urrutia Born Spain, 1981
What Artist Artisticname Alain Urrutia
Activity Gathering Spain Web
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Painting charcoal, figurative, large format, oil paint, series

Exhibitions (selection)

  • - Chapter II, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao 2012. (Solo show)
  • - "Naufragio/esperanza", Casado Santapau Gallery, Madrid 2012. (Solo show)
  • - “The Coyote and the wolf”, Ma Studio, Pekín, China, 2011(Solo show)
  • - "Bother and other times", Juan Silió Gallery, Santander (Solo show)
  • - “Enchanted mountain”, Mario Sequeira Gallery, Braga, Portugal, 2011.(Group show)
  • - “Melodías Prohibidas”, S.O.S. 4.8, Murcia, Spain, 2011. (Group show)
  • - “TODO DISFRAZ”, Espacio de Arte OTR. Madrid, 2010. (Group show)

Awards and Scholarships (selection)

  • -MA STUDIO Resident Fellowship. Beijing. (2011)
  • -FIRST PRIZE ERTIBIL, Fine Arts Show, Bilbao (2011)
  • -Diputación Foral de Bizkaia Art Fellowship(2010)

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