Exhibiting at the Sussex Art Fair
Fernando will be taking part in the Sussex Art Fair at Goodwood Racecourse. The event runs from 17th – 19th May 2019 and can find Fernando’s work at Stand 11.
See more at the Sussex Art Fairs website.
Embrace a ‘contemporary Turner’ in Fernando Velazquez
Cambridge-based David Lolly Gallery is set to bring Spanish artist Fernando Velazquez to the doorstep of Hampton Court Palace this May.
53-year-old Spanish artist Fernando Velazquez is an unsuspecting character. His appreciation of light echoes that of a 19th-century landscapist, but there’s a contemporary flare. He layers and manipulates oil paint in earthy hues to create a semi-abstract whirlwind that errs on the fantastical – most of his paintings could easily be mistaken for the compositions of a contemporary Turner.
Fernando grew up in Seville, Spain before spending a year in Los Angeles and, eventually, landing in London more than two decades ago. Now based in Dorset with his wife and children, Fernando’s local embrace will continue this May in a long-coming solo exhibition with David Lolly Gallery, an art gallery and advisory in Cambridge known for its mid-career British and Spanish artists and pop-up exhibitions. This time, the gallery’s heading to the artist-run Fountain Gallery in Molesey, Surrey – minutes from the door of Hampton Court Palace.
‘In the beginning’ is Fernando’s 12th solo exhibition in the UK – he’s also exhibited throughout Europe and the USA in recent years. Its subject matches its title as Velazquez looks to beginnings; creation, geology, childhood and relationships. Bursts of light crack through valleys and reflect on tremendous oceans, eruptions envelop the landscape and, sometimes, there’s an unsettling clarity, reflective of hours spent staring out at the ocean on a starry night. But Fernando wouldn’t tell you that – he would leave you to stare and stir, to make your own mind up. He can only give so much.
‘We’re incredibly excited to be giving Fernando a solo exhibition. It’s a phenomenal collection of work created specifically for Molesey that is quintessentially Velazquez,’ says Curator, Daniel Dunt. ‘We may only have a two-week slot, but we aim to make an impact. Seeing the ethereal works up close is an experience – I urge you to come and enjoy them for yourself.’
‘In the beginning’ runs from 28 May – 9 June 2019 at Fountain Gallery, 26 Bridge Road, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9HA with free entry. Find out more at the Fountain Gallery website.
M.A.D Gallery in Milan shows “Aeon”.
Aeon is a “study” about painting and mutation. In an era of speed and and ever faster changes in the delivery of information, Fernando Velázquez invites us to enter his art through a “miniature moving image” powered by silence, a journey through mind fields into painting itself.
The cyclic element of the composition refers to a long period of time represented here as a short breathing space. Velázquez’s recent series “Cave Paintings of our Time” pointed towards both his personal vision as a painter and his quest for universal and timeless images. “Aeon” looks beyond that initial point, becoming an experience, a transitional moment of reflection and lasting resonance.
View on the M.A.D. Gallery website.
This is an ambitious project involving artists from around the world who have created a piece to be part of final painting, expected to be more than six feet in height and 72-feet wide. Once complete, the work may become an artistic version of Google Maps, allowing art appreciators to zoom in on drawings and their stories.
Fernando has contributed to the project with a striking drawing in ink and watercolour. The piece aims to represent all of us, a portrait made out of paint.
Take a look on the Big Picture website.
Fernando talks to Artzine about his recent competition-winning painting, Animalia, and talks about past influences and experiences, as well as current inspirations from the countryside and nature.
Read the interview on the Artzine website.
Fernando is very pleased to have won the Artzine |Prize 2018 in the Abstract category. Fernando’s oil on canvas, Animalia, is a painting about the beginning of time and part of the series “In the beginning”. The new series will be exhibited in May 2019 at the David Lolly Gallery.
The Artzine Art Prize aims to uncover and showcase the best artistic talent from around the world, and to support brilliant artists who are defining our perception of what contemporary art is today.
Read more on the Artzine website.