Pedro Paricio, Diary of an Artist and Other Stories 2007-2012 Press Release

30 Sep 2012

Halcyon Gallery is proud to present a collection of paintings by contemporary Spanish artist, Pedro Paricio. Diary of an Artist and Other Stories 2007 – 2012 is Paricio’s most ambitious exhibition to date, with over 50 works including new paintings, work from his recent exhibition at the Casino de la Exposicion (ICAS), Seville, and a retrospective of the artist’s works from 2007 until 2012.

Paricio is known for his experimental use of colours and his playful, modern approach to the traditional method of painting. Through bright and dynamic canvases he sets out to solve conceptual problems, to incorporate street culture into fine art, to pay homage to great artistic figures of the past and to examine and question the role of the artist. The inspiration for his subjects ranges from modern science to Hispanic folklore and from music to philosophy.

The  former director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS), Madrid, and current director of the Cervantes Institute in Paris, Juan Manuel Bonet, comments on Paricio’s early work: ‘Paricio’s paintings were fragmentary, sometimes chaotic, invariably dynamic and almost always dizzying, with a dense graphic quality’.

Paricio was discovered in the mid 2000s when critics noticed the fresh approach of his work shown around Spain, one of which was staged in a Barcelona skateboard shop. His early paintings glowed with colour and were full of references to popular culture: literature (A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole), film (Into the Wild directed by Sean Penn) and music. Over time Paricio found his way into more figurative painting and extensively explored the tradition of his craft. A self-reflective painter, he has admitted to a gradual loss of interest in the neo-conceptual practices which had originally attracted him as a fine art student. His work mirrors but sidesteps the precision and digital perfection of today’s computer-generated imagery.

Diary of an Artist and Other Stories 2007 – 2012 offers a comprehensive overview of Paricio's abstract work and seminal paintings demonstrating the main themes of his current figurative period. This is in part a continuation of his hugely successful Master Painters exhibition held at Halcyon Gallery. Paricio’s style is unmistakable in the way he appropriates themes and configurations of old and modern masters. Paricio engages in a personal re-reading of past masters paintings, including those of Velázquez, Caravaggio, Jean Michel Basiquiet, Francis Bacon and Robert Longo.

Philip Wright, a British writer on art and former Curator of Compton Verney House Trust comments on Paricio’s style: ‘[Paricio] has said, “Painters should read, watch films, travel and live, but, above all, they should study their own tradition”. These paintings represent his Auseinandersetzung – his grappling – with his own tradition: while he is alive, it will be work in progress.’

Paricio’s paintings are held in prominent private collections around the world, and he enjoys international recognition following exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. Diary of an Artist and Other Stories takes place at Halcyon Gallery, 144 New Bond Street, a 12,500 sq ft Georgian building in London’s Mayfair. This important collection of Paricio’s works allows visitors to review what it means to be a painter in the 21st Century.