BAQUÉS

Josep Baqués was born in Montmeló, the year 1931. A farmer's born boy, his first 6 years of life were spent in direct contact with the countryside and its yield: these elements were to be the center of his initial way of life.

Those were peaceful days that would be eventually broken off by the Spanish civil war and its subsequent postwar, during which the family moved to Barcelona. Though he was very young he managed to earn some money with his pencils and brush by performing several jobs, such as, designer, cartoonist and movie posters designer.

In 1954 he married to Esperança, who gave him three sons. Three years later we find him as head of a graphic design studio in a publicity agency. It does not take long for him to set up his own studio (Estudi Baqués), where his creative spirit started to become evident to the point of being awarded several prices (Delta de Plata, in 1962, and the Laus of design, in 1971).

While a professor of graphic design at the Barcelona Escola Oficial de Publicitat and a teacher at the Escola Massana, he gets deeper in the field of his artistic activity through experimenting in techniques and composition.

It is not easy to describe Josep Baqués' style. His comprehensive technique training, his creative capacity, precise and evocative, along with a very personal and original style, will be the most characteristic features of his work.

In his paintings we find a magic, mysterious and symbolic world; the mixture between unreality and reality appearing in dreams is thus concentrated. In his aloofness of reality, while employing his own fantasy, and in the synchronization of his creations, is where the artist finds beauty. The subject is not more important than the colour: both integrate in a pictorial unity of absolute beauty, which is present in every work due to his descriptive elegance and colorful harmony.

What stands out mostly in his paintings is his great command of the technique, where the stroke is the basis to organize his canvases. The drawing is enhanced by the colour, which is used in a very elaborated and tinged range. Thus, Baqués is able to transmit to whoever is watching his works a sensation of serenity and peacefulness.

The movements inspiring him are surrealism, some surprising and shocking elements and the work of El Greco, determination of lines and vertical arrangements. His familiarity with surrealism is also given by molded forms that are not based upon the strictness of reality but upon transforming and creative shapes.

Josep Baqués emphasizes two natural elements: the horse, as an irrational being and women, as rational beings. His work will never appear unnoticed because he enters in a thematic of figurative surrealism. Each theme is a lesson of harmony and colour filigree.

His first canvases are much more academic in shape. After his studies of anatomy, he acquires the capacity to distort and fragment the image without losing the proportions. His previous characters were extremely fat and with great extremities; with his evolution they will lose size and fluidity. The contemporary Baqués is way out more meticulous and lover of filigree.

The faces of human beings and objects are not seen with normal eyes: they are slightly ghostly. They are not completely defined because this is how they can express many more things. His characters are surprised at us; they refuse our world and create their own. This is why they appear so unreal in shape and so real in spirit. Their faces look at us, but their hands are the elements to speak to us with: hands that give and take. His paintings have a high level of communication.

His themes give us an instant and ethereal vision of something that cannot be stopped. Each piece, will thus respond to an evident personal interpretation of the viewer. Before a real thematic arisen from a concrete realism, the visual and sensitive impression is transmitted in an always surprising way.

Baqués' artistic capacity has been made evident through the international projection of his work. On top of having exhibited in many Spanish cities, his paintings have been exhibited in many countries, as Italy, Germany, the United States, Japan, Sweden, France, Canada, etc.

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