Institut Ramon LLull


Artist Raül de la Torre in a group show in Santa Monica, California

Visual Arts.  Santa Monica, CA,  01/06/2018

CONSTRUCTED is a new exhibition curated by Saatchi Art curator, Victoria Kennedy. On view in Santa Monica, the exhibition presents recent works by thirteen emerging artists, including Raül de la Torre, among others. These thirteen Los Angeles-based artists defy the traditional boundaries of their mediums and challenge the physicality of their artistic practice. Working in a variety of materials, from fabric to neon to metal, each artist shares an interest in exploring the work of art as a carefully constructed object.

About Raül De La Torre

Barcelona (1964)

Many painters create texture upon their canvases by building layer upon layer of paint; with each layer comes a greater sense of history and dimension within the work. Others using thickening agents to almost sculpt their paint, spreading it thickly upon their work’s surface for a subtle 3D effect. Artist Raul de la Torre has chosen a unique route to enrich his acrylic paintings with texture: embroidery.  An abstract textile artist, de la Torre first chooses the colors he wishes to incorporate in the palette of the work he is about to embark upon. To him, the colors represent people, moments or feelings. He paints with acrylic in various blocks of color interacting with one another, evolving a pattern upon his canvas. Sometimes he contains his paint within a clean border, other times he lets his blocks of color drip down the canvas or paper. Next, the artist begins his process of embroidery. De la Torre makes horizontal cuts on the canvas or paper and covers these open areas using cotton thread.  This process of embroidering on canvas or paper adds both intrigue and a sense of depth to each unique work. De la Torre’s most recent body of works reflects a series of poems by a well known poet from Catalonia, de la Torre’s home country. An homage to both the poet and the creative process, de la Torre’s technique of embroidery is heartfelt exploration. Just as a poet builds words to form metaphor or meaning, the artist builds texture through embroidery to form depth and character.



Until June 1st

Saatchi Art

1655 26th St., Santa Monica, CA



Sponsors of IRL projects

The Institut Ramon Llull

is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.

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