Blink

Jorge Queiroz
May 19, 2021

Galerie Nathalie Obadia is delighted to present the 7th exhibition of Portuguese painter and draughtsman Jorge Queiroz, whose work will be shown next September at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, alongside that of Arshile Gorky. Born in 1966, in Lisbon, Jorge Queiroz has, since the 1990s, pursued a graphic and pictorial exploration by way of gripping compositions, where figuration flirts with abstraction. Like forays into oneiric universes, his works inscribe themselves within a surrealist and symbolist vein, while also attesting to the influence of the major 20th-century schools, including German neo-expressionism and the contemporary mystical landscape. The exhibition presents a group of recent canvases that emphasize the maturity of his exploration. From the meanders of a dense, generous, simmering, quasi-musical painting, emerge areas of solid colors and nuances, abstract regions with pronounced reliefs, sketches of scenes punctuated with vague human silhouettes, that deepen and widen the pictorial field. The universes blend together and the possible narrations flow out into these vast spaces that bring to mind almost cosmic landscapes.