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Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia Ocula Report Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia 18 May 2019 : Fawz Kabra for Ocula

Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to the...

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Reiko Tomii Ocula Conversation Reiko Tomii

In 1969, Horikawa Michio, schoolteacher and member of the artist collective GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), filled out the customs paperwork to mail a one-kilogram river stone from Niigata, the proverbial 'backside of Japan', to President Nixon. In return, Horikawa received a thank you note for this 'most unusual Christmas gift'—a muted anti-war...

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Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings Ocula Report Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings 4 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

'He was not a "political" kind of person. He just wanted to be honest and straight. But it was not easy in Korea to live like that,' writes curator Kim Inhye on artist Yun Hyong-keun. For much of his life, Yun lived in proximity to some of the most tumultuous moments in modern Korean history, from which he emerged as a pioneer of abstract...

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Secundino Hernández's diverse and energetic painting practice resists easy characterisation. His work features intricately structured compositions that mix strong linear elements and rich bursts of colour. Some canvases feature abstracted, atomised forms, while others have more densely overlaid imagery in which it is possible to pick out figurative elements. 

His paintings deftly combine representation and abstraction, linear draughtsmanship and colouration, minimalism and gesturalism.

Over the course of his career Hernández has mixed diverse references: a physicality that recalls Action Painting, the shorthand figuration of cartoons, and passages evoking painterly precedents ranging from El Greco to Giacometti, Velázquez to Picabia. This stylistic multiplicity grows out of Hernández's detailed and informed knowledge of art history. While his references are broad he has, in recent years, developed a specific engagement with the work of old and modern masters from his native country, Spain, as a way of getting in touch with his personal and artistic roots.

 In keeping with the breadth of his influences, Hernández employs a variety of techniques including washing, scraping, and working directly from paint tubes. He has a meticulous and process-oriented approach to making work, and his paintings openly display the triumphs and struggles of the artist's practice, creating a tension between beauty and destruction.

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Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork Secundino HernándezUntitled, 2017 Acrylic, alkyd and oil on linen
200 x 160 x 20 cm
Victoria Miro
Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork Secundino HernándezUntitled, 2017 Chalk, rabbit skin glue, calcium carbonate and titanium on linen
279 x 369.5 cm
Victoria Miro
Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork Secundino HernándezUntitled, 2017 Acrylic, rabbit skin glue, chalk, calcium carbonate and titanium white on linen
311 x 261 x 10 cm
Victoria Miro
Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork Secundino HernándezUntitled, 2017 Acrylic and oil on linen
55.5 x 37.3 cm
Victoria Miro
Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork Secundino HernándezUntitled, 2017 Acrylic and oil on linen
100.2 x 68.2 cm
Victoria Miro
Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork Secundino HernándezUntitled, 2017 Acrylic, rabbit skin glue, chalk, calcium carbonate and titanium white on linen
311 x 261 x 4 cm
Victoria Miro
Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork Secundino HernándezUntitled, 2017 Acrylic, rabbit skin glue, chalk, calcium carbonate and titanium white on linen
311 x 261 x 10 cm
Victoria Miro
Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork Secundino HernándezUntitled, 2017 Acrylic, rabbit skin glue, chalk, calcium carbonate and titanium white on linen
311 x 261 x 15 cm
Victoria Miro

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Secundino Hernández, Paso at Victoria Miro, London
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1 April–6 May 2017 Secundino Hernández Paso Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Secundino Hernández, Solo Exhibition at Victoria Miro, London
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11 June–2 August 2014 Secundino Hernández Solo Exhibition Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London

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Secundino Hernández Ocula Conversation Secundino Hernández Artist, Madrid and Berlin

Upon meeting artist Secundino Hernández in his studio in Berlin, it becomes apparent that not only is his physical world multi-dimensional, but so too is his approach to making work. Spending half of his time between his hometown of Madrid—the city he grew up in and a metropolis he describes as “grotesque”—and the other...

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In Related Press

In the Studio  Secundino Hernandez Related Press In the Studio Secundino Hernandez Collectors Agenda : 30 November 2017

When searching for painters who are making their mark at the moment it is almost impossible to overlook the Spanish artist Secundino Hernandez who splits his time between Berlin and Madrid. Over the last years, his direct approach to painting has made a strong impression on collectors. He is creating canvases with a powerful presence of physical...

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Between Line and Color:  Secundino Hernández interview Related Press Between Line and Color: Secundino Hernández interview Randian : 13 October 2015

Abstract painting has seen a dramatic resurgence in the last 10 years but skepticism remains strong (Hal Foster’s essay against expressionism still echoes loudly) and even justified (hence the withering critiques of Zombie Abstraction). Beyond the merely superficial and pedestrian however, the serious new abstractions—for there is no...

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