Through the Art Museum”
Solo Exhibition by Spanish artist Didier Lourenço
State-of-the-Arts Gallery is delighted to present our upcoming solo exhibition of Spanish painter Didier Lourenço, who had his debut solo exhibition ‘Beautiful Melancholy’ in Hong Kong in 2010. The coming exhibition, titled ‘Through the Art Museum’, will feature paintings from Didier Lourenço’s whole new series, completely different from his previous subjects of bar scenes and Mediterranean landscape. Our gallery will showcase his new work that revolves around the story of touring the museum, engaging beholders in a journey from the outside of the museum, through the corridors, and into some of the most famous paintings in art history.
Didier Lourenço is known for his delicate depiction of the desolated yet beautiful human souls in the hustle and bustle of city life. In his new series, he brings his subject to a new world of museum and art. In this series, not only does Lourenço carefully portrays the full journey – exterior and interior – of an art museum, but he also incorporates his contemporary re-interpretation of some classical masterpieces that we have all seen. Under his brush, humans are faceless and almost identical.
What the artist conveys is the sameness, stillness, and melancholy of city life; there is a kind of subtle sadness, yet also beauty within it. In the world of his paintings, humans are alone even when they have company; one can only find tranquility by communicating with and understanding oneself. His dry brush technique gives his art a vintage aura, highlighting the light and shadow of what he depicts.