EXHIBITION: Spanish artists Gabriel Moreno with some of his artwork.
EXHIBITION: Spanish artists Gabriel Moreno with some of his artwork.

Sensual femininity in Spanish art exhibited locally

FINE and precise black lines done by hand, to which he applies 'shocks of colour' is the style used by Spanish artist Gabriel Moreno.

In his first ever solo exhibition in Australia, Moreno is showing some of the artwork that has made him so successful locally and in Europe.

From Madrid, we spoke to Moreno ahead of the show's opening.

How does your background on advertising influence your artwork?

I have been working in advertising and editorial illustration for the last nine years, and although I'm based in Madrid, it's true that most of my work is commissioned from New York, a city I love. I have been lucky to work with some big international labels (such as Coca Cola), which have given me a reputation as a good illustrator, making it easier to enter the art world. My artwork allows me to explore new techniques I then use in my commercial work.

Are the women you paint real or made up?

They are real. I like to use existing references. It relates to my interest in aesthetics and feminine sensuality. Since the goal of my artwork is to express emotions that inhabit the real world, I use photographs and models.

How did you prepare this show?

Once I had the concept I composed the images from photographs, and once I had the basic sketch, I worked on paper. I draw by hand with a mix technique. I used pencil for the bodies, blue ink for the tattoos, and the animals were done digitally line by line, hair by hair, in a tablet but in the same way as done in paper. I then mixed different types of varnish that gave a very particular texture to the final result.

At Retrospect Galleries, 52 Jonson St, Byron Bay, from tomorrow Friday.



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