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Miquel Barceló

Miquel Barceló

Through March 6, 2022

Acquavella Galleries is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by internationally acclaimed artist Miquel Barceló. The exhibition includes a selection of the artist’s recent paintings and ceramics, for the most part dating to 2020, when the artist was confined to the island of Mallorca during the pandemic. The artist’s third exhibition with the gallery and first solo presentation in the United States outside of New York, the show will be on view February 5 through March 6, 2022 at Acquavella’s Palm Beach location.

Barceló was born in Felanitx in southeast Mallorca in 1957, and the island has had an important and enduring influence on the artist’s life and work. Though he has always returned to his native Mallorca, for the past three decades Barceló has also journeyed across the globe and drawn inspiration from time spent in diverse and varying locations.

Though he has experimented with a wide range of materials, subjects, and highly diverse cultural references in his work over the years, his art always reflects a deeply rooted connection with the natural world, particularly the textures and materiality of the earth and the ever-changing colors of the sea. Barceló has repeatedly painted the surface of the sea and has also plumbed its mysterious depths in his work, drawing from his love for fishing and deep sea diving.
 

“I like this kind of irony that painters, for several millennia at least, have tried to represent the sea. This thing that changes all the time and is never the same; it’s infinite, and each time new, and each time necessary. That’s what is beautiful. It seems to be a banality and yet it’s a profound necessity.”  

- Miquel Barceló

For the past thirty years, ceramics have also been an integral part of the artist’s oeuvre; he began experimenting with the medium when he was living in Mali in the early 1990s, adopting the ancient Dogon techniques from the Neolithic period to make earthenware works. Barceló has continued his work with ceramics in Mallorca, where he has transformed a former brick factory at Vilafranca de Bonany into a ceramics studio, where he molds, fires, and paints a variety of distinctive forms. Their shapes feature unusual contours and topography, molded by the artist’s touch. Painted with brightly rendered maritime and earthly creatures, many of these works reflect the artist’s lifelong fascination with paleolithic cave paintings, their painted surfaces recalling the proliferation of animals found on the walls of prehistoric caves. The walls of Barceló's ceramics studio are covered with thinned-down clay into which the artist has drawn and smeared images in his own type of contemporary cave painting.

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Cabots, 2020, Mixed media on canvas
Miquel Barceló
Cabots, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

Cabots, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

55 1/4 x 55 1/8 inches (140.5 x 140 cm)

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Peixos cap a mà dreta, 2020, Ceramic
Miquel Barceló
Peixos cap a mà dreta, 2020, Ceramic

Peixos cap a mà dreta, 2020

Ceramic

17 3/4 x 11 x 9 inches (45 x 28 x 23 cm)

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La mer cadmium, 2020, Mixed media on canvas
Miquel Barceló
La mer cadmium, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

La mer cadmium, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

31 7/8 x 39 3/8 inches (81 x 100 cm)

Protoegipciaca, 2020, Ceramic
Miquel Barceló
Protoegipciaca, 2020, Ceramic

Protoegipciaca, 2020

Ceramic

15 1/2 x 16 1/8 x 7 1/2 inches (39.5 x 41 x 19 cm)

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Grand naufrage de petits bateaux, 2020, Mixed media on canvas
Miquel Barceló
Grand naufrage de petits bateaux, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

Grand naufrage de petits bateaux, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

66 7/8 x 106 3/8 inches (170 x 270 cm)

Plat de toros, 2020, Ceramic
Miquel Barceló
Plat de toros, 2020, Ceramic

Plat de toros, 2020

Ceramic

18 1/8 x 18 1/8 x 2 inches (46 x 46 x 5 cm)

Llagosteria, 2020, Mixed media on canvas
Miquel Barceló
Miquel Barceló
Llagosteria, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

Llagosteria, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

63 x 94 1/2 inches (160 x 240 cm)

Carxofa-Lletuga, 2019, Ceramic
Miquel Barceló
Miquel Barceló
Carxofa-Lletuga, 2019, Ceramic

Carxofa-Lletuga, 2019

Ceramic

15 3/8 x 13 x 11 7/8 inches (39 x 33 x 30 cm)

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Un devant, 2020, Mixed media on canvas
Miquel Barceló
Miquel Barceló
Un devant, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

Un devant, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

38 1/8 x 78 1/8 inches (97 x 198.5 cm)

Peix frit, 2020, Ceramic
Miquel Barceló
Miquel Barceló
Peix frit, 2020, Ceramic

Peix frit, 2020

Ceramic

18 5/8 x 18 1/4 x 4 1/8 inches (47.2 x 46.5 x 10.5 cm)

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5 d'espases, 2020, Mixed media on canvas
Miquel Barceló
5 d'espases, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

5 d'espases, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

63 x 94 1/2 inches (160 x 240 cm)

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Cavallots, 2020, Ceramic
Miquel Barceló
Cavallots, 2020, Ceramic

Cavallots, 2020

Ceramic

23 1/4 x 18 3/4 x 16 1/8 inches (59 x 47.5 x 41 cm)

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Petit naufrage de grands bateaux, 2020, Mixed media on canvas
Miquel Barceló
Miquel Barceló
Petit naufrage de grands bateaux, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

Petit naufrage de grands bateaux, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

28 7/8 x 39 3/8 inches (73.5 x 100 cm)

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Card vermell, 2020, Ceramic
Miquel Barceló
Card vermell, 2020, Ceramic

Card vermell, 2020

Ceramic

15 3/4 x 12 x 12 1/4 inches (40 x 30.5 x 31 cm)

Verdaccio amb peixis, 2020, Mixed media on canvas
Miquel Barceló
Verdaccio amb peixis, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

Verdaccio amb peixis, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

64 x 64 inches (162.5 x 162.5 cm)

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Peix blanc-Peix vermell, 2019, Ceramic
Miquel Barceló
Miquel Barceló
Peix blanc-Peix vermell, 2019, Ceramic

Peix blanc-Peix vermell, 2019

Ceramic

12 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches (31 x 41 x 26 cm)

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Cabots, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

Cabots, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

55 1/4 x 55 1/8 inches (140.5 x 140 cm)

Peixos cap a mà dreta, 2020, Ceramic

Peixos cap a mà dreta, 2020

Ceramic

17 3/4 x 11 x 9 inches (45 x 28 x 23 cm)

La mer cadmium, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

La mer cadmium, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

31 7/8 x 39 3/8 inches (81 x 100 cm)

Protoegipciaca, 2020, Ceramic

Protoegipciaca, 2020

Ceramic

15 1/2 x 16 1/8 x 7 1/2 inches (39.5 x 41 x 19 cm)

Grand naufrage de petits bateaux, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

Grand naufrage de petits bateaux, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

66 7/8 x 106 3/8 inches (170 x 270 cm)

Plat de toros, 2020, Ceramic

Plat de toros, 2020

Ceramic

18 1/8 x 18 1/8 x 2 inches (46 x 46 x 5 cm)

Llagosteria, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

Llagosteria, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

63 x 94 1/2 inches (160 x 240 cm)

Carxofa-Lletuga, 2019, Ceramic

Carxofa-Lletuga, 2019

Ceramic

15 3/8 x 13 x 11 7/8 inches (39 x 33 x 30 cm)

Un devant, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

Un devant, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

38 1/8 x 78 1/8 inches (97 x 198.5 cm)

Peix frit, 2020, Ceramic

Peix frit, 2020

Ceramic

18 5/8 x 18 1/4 x 4 1/8 inches (47.2 x 46.5 x 10.5 cm)

5 d'espases, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

5 d'espases, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

63 x 94 1/2 inches (160 x 240 cm)

Cavallots, 2020, Ceramic

Cavallots, 2020

Ceramic

23 1/4 x 18 3/4 x 16 1/8 inches (59 x 47.5 x 41 cm)

Petit naufrage de grands bateaux, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

Petit naufrage de grands bateaux, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

28 7/8 x 39 3/8 inches (73.5 x 100 cm)

Card vermell, 2020, Ceramic

Card vermell, 2020

Ceramic

15 3/4 x 12 x 12 1/4 inches (40 x 30.5 x 31 cm)

Verdaccio amb peixis, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

Verdaccio amb peixis, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

64 x 64 inches (162.5 x 162.5 cm)

Peix blanc-Peix vermell, 2019, Ceramic

Peix blanc-Peix vermell, 2019

Ceramic

12 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches (31 x 41 x 26 cm)

“When we tap on the fresh clay, it is directly the sound of flesh… I’ve used clay as a branch of my painting… Clay becomes flesh, and the flesh becomes mineral, the true metamorphosis of clay is this soft matter which with fire becomes stone.”

- Miquel Barceló

All studio photos by François Halard, all works of art by Miquel Barceló are © 2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.