Monday, June 16
I used to go to this junk store around the corner from my studio in the Raval, which was called the Barrio Chino, but now they (El Ayuntamiento, ie. City Hall) have sanitized both name and hood after tearing-down the worst parts of the neighborhood and eliminating a lot of the marginal activities like prostitution, drug dealing and whatever else. That still goes on, but it is nothing like it was. Anyways, I'd go to this junk shop when I was stuck in the studio and find curious stuff, like old photos, figurines, etc. I found this cheesy cast figure of an angel with a movable head that I painted and these are the outcome. The painting with the male figure is Brains from the Thunderbirds, which was another series of paintings I did but fits with this theme.
All these paintings are 230 x 170cm. I believe one of these paintings was shown at Galeria Tomas Carsten in Barcelona in 1995 -- the angel with the turquoise back ground. The three works are in private collections: Javier Herrero, Barcelona and Juan Redon, Barcelona.