Thing of the Day
The STINGING NETIL draws closer… The Stinging Netil is an East London art fair, an art mart, a gathering together of artists and their work (as well as live music, performance and more). More details of the event can be found here. In the build up to July 10th we shall be featuring some of the artists and bands involved in the all day fair.
Today’s featured artist is painter DAVID AGENJO… Here comes his biography and some images; of course looking at art online is never enough - you get a little flavour, an idea, but you really need to see paintings like David’s in the flesh.
Born in Madrid in 1977, David Agenjo is a self-taught artist living and working in London. Agenjo’s work goes beyond the short-lived artificial designs which we place upon our bodies to explore our internal lives through depiction of the human model. Rather than conventional poses, he explores the possibilities of meaning inherent in the human body. Hands and faces strongly speak from the canvas, metonyms for our emotions, thoughts and desires. This body language is caught in spontaneous strong positions, or in repose, resting, dreaming.
Colour is a point of obsession – an organic means of experimentation and self-discovery. In his latest work the canvases are all interlinked: by using a canvas as a palette when painting, he builds up a near random patchwork of colours which he then reforms into the base of his next painting, working over what was given to him through the earlier creative process.
This vision arose from five years of life-drawing workshops at the Circulo de bellas artes of Madrid where David’s nascent understanding of the possibilities of meaning inherent in the human form was developed through constant work into an artistic practice. His dedication to work and work at refining his understanding of the visual language of the human body continues to this day in his need to represent our psychologies, our thoughts and emotions, onto that which is at once most familiar, but also so easily lost in the complex visual cultures of the modern world.