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b. 1954, Spain

Prudencio Irazábal Biography

After studying Fine Arts in Seville and Barcelona he completed his studies in Columbia University, New York, where he moved in 1986. This city marked his creative and professional development as a painter throughout the next two decades. After a period of research confronting the elements of painting in terms of irreducible facts, colour and light became the main elements of his work.

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In the early 1990s he started to photograph in the microscope cross sections of his old paintings. The intensity, concreteness and material truth he found through those photographs revealed the contrast and the correlation between simple, raw materials and the more inscrutable and transcendent nature of painting. Based on that information, he developed techniques to build massive colours from chromatic ideas that offered the possibility of being unweaved and later reassembled as an illusionistic surface.

The relationship between surface and depth plays a key role in his works, while colour - mediated by the transit of light through thin paint layers - becomes a unique perceptual experience. This merging of translucent layers shapes the incoming light while still allowing the eye to traverse them through to the white canvas. The fluctuation of distance between the moving eye and the particular layering in a specific part of the painting makes it impossible to locate the colour. His paintings are transparent and candid. However, despite offering rich surfaces full of radiating colours and deep space, they also hide any trace of gesture, revealing the process followed and suggesting something beyond painting.

Irazabal's paintings are defined by extreme luminosity and strong emotions as a result of complex colours that escape from narration and symbolism. They keep an ongoing challenge to unite the certainty of materiality with the unreliable nature of perception in order to synthesize image, materiality and meaning in an everlasting attempt to paint things that cannot be painted.

Exhibition view: Prudencio Irazábal, Grammar of Extension, Galería Pelaires, Palma (18 December 2020–10 March 2021). Courtesy Galería Pelaires. 

Prudencio Irazábal Featured Artworks

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Untitled 4K1 by Prudencio Irazábal contemporary artwork
Prudencio IrazábalUntitled 4K1, 2020Acrylic on canvas
220 x 175 cm
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Galería Pelaires
Untitled 5D1 by Prudencio Irazábal contemporary artwork
Prudencio IrazábalUntitled 5D1, 2020Acrylic on canvas
220 x 175 cm
Galería Pelaires Contact Gallery
Untitled 4R5 by Prudencio Irazábal contemporary artwork
Prudencio IrazábalUntitled 4R5, 2020Acrylic on canvas
73 x 60 cm
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Untitled 4R4 by Prudencio Irazábal contemporary artwork
Prudencio IrazábalUntitled 4R4, 2020Acrylic on canvas
52 x 82 cm
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Untitled 4R3 by Prudencio Irazábal contemporary artwork
Prudencio IrazábalUntitled 4R3, 2020Acrylic on canvas
52 x 82 cm
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Untitled 4R1 by Prudencio Irazábal contemporary artwork
Prudencio IrazábalUntitled 4R1, 2020Acrylic on canvas
72 x 82 cm
Galería Pelaires Contact Gallery
Untitled 2Z5 by Prudencio Irazábal contemporary artwork
Prudencio IrazábalUntitled 2Z5, 2018Acrylic on canvas
80 x 120 cm
Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea Contact Gallery
Untitled 2Z7 by Prudencio Irazábal contemporary artwork
Prudencio IrazábalUntitled 2Z7, 2018Acrylic on canvas
118 x 162 cm
Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea Contact Gallery

Prudencio Irazábal Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Prudencio Irazábal, Grammar of Extension at Galería Pelaires, Palma
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18 December 2020–10 March 2021 Prudencio Irazábal Grammar of Extension Galería PelairesPalma
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Beyond Color at Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea, Milan
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8 October–11 December 2019 Group Exhibition Beyond Color Mimmo Scognamiglio ArtecontemporaneaMilan

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Prudencio Irazábal In Related Press

Tide Marks, The First Exhibition of Prudencio Irazábal in Pelaires Related Press Tide Marks, The First Exhibition of Prudencio Irazábal in Pelaires 29 November 2017, Galeria Pelaires

For more than two decades, Prudencio Irazábal's work has been addressing issues surrounding one of the most essential elements of painting.

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Prudencio Irazábal In Video & Audio

Prudencio Irazábal | 'Gramática de la extensión' Related Video & Audio Prudencio Irazábal | 'Gramática de la extensión' 15 February 2021, Galeria Pelaires

Grammar of Extension is the title of Prudencio Irazábal's second solo show at Pelaires Gallery. The exhibition will commence on 18 December and will remain open until 10 March 2021. In this series of works, which began in 2020, the artist proposes a dialogue that seeks a related surface in the body, capable of being perceived as an extensive...

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