Casco Viejo, Spain: Gonzalo Jáuregui, very seldom seen but very much known among his peers as "the blue-eyed artist of Casco Viejo," is one of the very few Spanish expressionist abstract visual artists. His art, perhaps too developed for Spain, will be better understood, appreciated and accepted in Manhattan galleries among art lovers and collectors with wide, diverse range of abstract culture. But whether you display them in Museo del Prado Madrid or in Guggenheim Bilbao, his paintings will stand out on their own among the masters. Gonzalo Jáuregui is an authentic artist, and his works are sui generis. His paintings pose a challenge to every beholder to go beyond established norms and conventions because the world is not flat but round. Plus ultra. Venture beyond because there is no limit to art.
Picasso´s work is pure seduction. The painter becomes a sorcerer, an apprentice of latent forces that materialize out of nowhere. He transforms what is otherwise the picayune into a landscape extraordinarily arresting, shocking and purgative. Salvador Dalí´s paintings are streams of the surreal and the overblown, even as his painting of the Last Supper, Christ and the Apostles seemingly levitating, frees him from the parentheses of egoism and eccentricity. Gonzalo Jáuregui tames the seething furies within. A beneficiary of the Internet Revolution, his paintings traverse the time frame of postmodernism, oblique manifestations of a collective, unexpressed desire, to break away from the hold of titans of art so-called like Diego Velásquez and Francisco Goya. No, Gonzalo Jáuregui does not court patronage by painting an infanta or a naked duchess. He takes his inspiration in pursuing nobler geometries, balancing lines and colors with the spatial symmetry of light. Remarkably, the artist has chosen not to give any title to any of his works, leaving everything to his audience's imagination as to what his art is trying to impart.
His younger brother, Vicente, an artist in his own right, has this to say about Gonzalo's works:
"All is about light, and all is about sharing in art. This is what he taught me about art in general. Lights are not repeated in Nature and a real artist should be able to reproduce the effect of the beauty of the different lights, identifying that very moment. A moment may be similar in the future, but never equal, because clouds, lights, winds, positions, locations are always different in real life. Artists should capture the message of lights, not as a simple photographer--that is a mechanical not intelligent device that makes reproductions without life, like a fossil or a taxidermist-- more like an interpreter. An artist should boost the incredible effect that the different lights during a day or even at night can make in life, in our life, in our perception of light through our eyes, naturally.
"When you are in front of a Gonzalo painting with your eyes wide open, a reaction starts in your soul, the strong impact of the real nature contrast of lights is decoded easily by you because they have been 'translated' by the artist to your language, the language of permanent things. You can now have the miracle of nature in your wall, in your power, or you can simply delight your soul by the flooding of light in your spirit."
"He tames the seething furies within...His paintings traverse the time frame of postmodernism, oblique manifestations of a collective, unexpressed desire, to break away from the hold of titans of art so-called like Diego Velásquez and Francisco Goya."