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Homage to Barcelona

by George Taylor RBSA

Medium: Mixed Media (Acrylic Paint, Collage, Pencil, Sgraffito.)

Frame: Limewashed hardwood frame with a wide, deep cut, white mount.

Size: 70 × 79 cms


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Barcelona, the place, is about energy, vitality, and colour and thus, inevitably about art.
The art of Joan Miro, Picasso, Gaudi and, for me especially, Antoni Tapies, all of whom are
celebrated by museums in the city.
The unique verve and dynamic of the Catalonian capital is compelling, and in my view, can
only be effectively be expressed visually and emotionally in an abstracted form. The only real
concession to a landscape format in the picture is a broad hint of an horizon line, as if
looking down spatially on to the city from the lofty heights of Montjuic Hill, where the
architecturally inspiring Fundacio Joan Miro is located.
Thus, this image is the synthesis of an experience, rather than a single viewpoint
'representation', an aggregate of organised fragments of a vital, living place - movement,
colour, form and space, and all those other qualities which make the city greater than the
sum of its parts.
How else could one pay homage to the essence of this unique place in two dimensional
terms, mere figuration could not do justice to its spirit, its history or its art.
However, it is vital that a painting transcends its 'subject' and becomes something else,
something autonomous, that is able to stand on its own, otherwise what would be the point
of making it.
In that sense, the title 'Homage to Barcelona' is essentially, a term of reference.

George Taylor
February 2020