FLORENCE BIENNALE 2005
THE AWAKENING 2OO5 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 214X274CM/7x9FT
PRIVATE COLLECTION: MR.& MRS.ANTOCI, FLORENCE,ITALY
Perhaps artists are born-born with a desire to create and with some natural endowment in talent. What this means while they may have a god-given gift they also have the need or desire or desire to develop this natural endowment into real expression or interpretation which they hope can be interpreted and appreciated by others.
The artist that only creates for his own satisfaction is at best a rare bird or alternatively without appreciable talent. The path from God-given talent to successful expression is a path covering years of arduous study and years of hard work. Paul Ygartua is an artist – he has talent – and after years of determination and struggle he is finally achieving recognition as an international artist – an original creator producing remarkable work. Creation and interpretation is Paul’s life. In painting he is at home in all mediums and his production is prodigious. A qualified gold and silversmith with a degree in Industrial Design. Paul turned to painting immediately after graduating from the famous Liverpool School of Art in Great Britain.
His continuous study and work on techniques and painting mediums are apparent throughout his vast body of work – from his Heritage Series to his current abstract Expressionism and his most recent pure Abstraction.
As a young artist he showed a maturity in his work far beyond his years. His excellent perspective no doubt relates to his early study in design – his technique in color, startling and impressive and his use of the knife bold and convincing. His Celestialism shows the extent of his imagination – an important body of older work which is less familiar to the viewers – giving an insight to his more intimate work illustrating the workings of the mind and soul. His most recent works provoke a response that is both physical and emotional. His application of colour and line enables Paul to capture the essence of the subject with a spontaneity unparalleled by many.
His monumental murals and domed ceiling have received international acclaim. The power of his achievement is appreciated and recognized by many collectors world-wide.
WILLIAM DAVEY, FEDERATION OF CANADIAN ARTISTS, FCA
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