Prudencio Irazabal, Acoustic Shadow

Exhibition dates: 10th November 2007 - 5th January 2008

Hamish Morrison Galerie is very proud to present `Acoustic Shadow´, the second solo show with Spanish painter Prudencio Irazábal. Born 1954 in the Basque city of Puentelarrá, Irazábal has lived in New York for the last twenty years and has only recently moved back to his native Spain.

Irazábal is a classical painter who has been working on the growth of his oeuvre during the last twenty-five years, regardless of the regularly reoccurring declarations of the death of painting. Irazábal just paints. He cultivates a highly defined technique of abstract acrylic painting, adding a vast number of translucid layers onto each other, finished by a polished mirror-like surface.  Underneath this surface and in sharp contrast to it, an endless cosmos of diffuse colour spaces opens up. Irazábal`s paintings have the depth of outer space – drowned in colour.

Regardless of the linear development of his work, the paintings themselves turn out to be quite distinctively individual compositions. Regarding their level of abstraction and their varieties of differentiation in colour and tone, Prudencio Irazábal´s paintings resemble musical compositions. Like in a sonar, Irazábal´s technique of painting seems to generate two-dimensional pictures out of sound waves. His works appear to be music frozen into paintings.

Since `The Glassmaker’s Son´, Prudencio Irazábal´s first exhibition in Berlin (2003) the white has gained a more dominant role in his work. The white resembles the glare of very intense light, on the edge of which intense saturated colours come to life. Irazábal´s paintings resemble the images evolving inside the retina when we close our eyes and try to see.