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about Francisco Nicolás

In Francisco Nicolás, there is one common way in his whole art career. The dual concept is very present in his artwork since the very beginning.

During 80/90's Francisco's work was inspired on the neoplasticism, but far away of the cold concept of this, he mixed the coldness of the geometrical abstraction with a mild expressionism.

Between 2010/2011, with 10 years without painting, he started a new process mixing the landscape with geometrical shapes, mixing opposite concepts such as the figurative vs abstract or classical vs contemporary.

In 2016, the process of Francisco Nicolás take another way, because his art practice can be considered as a research process, where I do research about the relationship between different shapes and concepts.

The old practice was over, therefore he started a new one using only abstract elements and mixing both opposite concepts like the geometry and the expresionisme showing up my idea of mixing both opposite concepts in the Art History (the Apollonian and the Dionysiac).

Francisco Nicolás is in important collections as: 
C.A.A.M. Murcia - CULTURAL RIOJA. Logroño - REINA SOFíA COLLECTION. Madrid. La Caixa. Barcelona - Autonomous Region of Murcia. Murcia - COLLECTION D'ART L'Avui. Barcelona - Mango collection. Murcia. GOVERNMENT COLLECTION. Madrid. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York 
Works in numerous private collections in Spain, France , the United States, Australia, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Hong kong, UK, Nederland, Chile, Dubai and Germany. 
His work has been shown in Reina Sofía Museum of Madrid, Royal Academy of London, Arco Madrid, Pinta Art Fair, London, London Art Fair, and in numerous art galleries from London, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, etc.

selected exhibitions

Birds. London, 2017

ARTGRAFICO gallery
In 2016, the process of Francisco Nicolás came to an end because his art practice can be considered as a research process, where I do research about the relationship between different shapes and concepts. The old practice was over, therefore I started a new one using only abstract elements and mixing both opposite concepts like the geometry and the expresionism showing up my idea of mixing both opposite concepts in the Art History (the Apollonian and the Dyonisiac). But currently he has added a figurative element like the birds interacting each other. Francisco took the birds, because he wanted to take some figurative elements, that were suitable to mix with abstract shapes, and birds were perhaps the ones that adapted more to the whirlwind of color and forms, which sometimes act as background and sometimes ahead or in the same plane as birds, creating as a whole a forest of shapes.

Through the window. London, 2012

ACS gallery
A concept used by Francisco Nicolás after 2010, is the idea of showing the picture window. I use figurative elements, particularly the landscape. Above those figurative elements, I superimpose “abstracts” geometric shapes; sometimes it is seen in the landscape and simultaneously in other spacial shape in front of the landscape, like if it was in an inner space and through a window we could see the outer space. That’s very close to Magritte’s art “Cuadros ventana”(“Windows-pictures”).
Another concept is my interest in mixed opposite concepts, such figurative/abstract, classical/contemporary, paint reality/ photography/reality.

In this show the artist plays around the show windows. The exhibition consists on one single artwork with 122x330 cm occupping the full show window. It's a work where a snowy landscape is represented, mixing this landscape with different geometric shapes, playing with the opposite concepts of figurative versus abstract and creates different spatial planes within the same work. One of these shapes represented in the work can be seen drawn in the glass of the show window. This drawn shape is an identical copy of the one painted in the work. According to the vision and perspective theory, any object we look at it's represented in a visual plane. In the perspective system this is called "projection plane" and in this cases, the projection plane is the glass of the show window, making a "game" between reality and unreality.

Forest and mountains. London, 2018

ARTGRAFICO gallery
Francisco plays with the landscape creating situations or changes, through the introduction of strange forms to the naked eye, with which he creates atmospheres, let's say unreal, because like Magritte, Francisco wonders what or which, is the reality. He creates mysterious atmospheres added to those already existing in the forest or in the mountain, the geometric forms are interrelated with the organic forms of nature, which in reality are the same, because according to the Pythagoreans, any body has its origin in geometry. We could say that nature in this case shows its beginning or origin, which would be equivalent to its soul.

Francisco's work, is also characterized by mixing, or rather uniting concepts opposed to each other at first glance, but based on scrutinizing, observing and analyzing them has proven that they are not so different from each other

Photo Opportunity. London, 2012

MADDOX ARTS gallery
Photo Opportunity is an exhibition that brings together a collection of artists working in a disparity of mediums- all united by the deployment of photography as the basis of their practice. Beyond this basis, photography can be seen to function in a variety of roles throughout the exhibition most often acting as a means to an end in the pursuit of new configurations. Despite this shared lineage the manifestly heteromorphic results on display are testimony to the versatility of the medium and the ingenuity of artists that it serves.

In the case of Francisco Nicholas photographs serve as the backdrop upon which layers of superimposed abstraction can accrue and underpinning forms can be surmounted. Juxtapositions of the figurative and the abstract, antique and contemporary are drawn as the intrinsic reality of the photograph is challenged.

Playing with the circle. London, 2013

LAMBS-ARTS gallery
Playing with the circle is a personal exhibition, where starting from the circumference, I create tangencies between them, forming linked curbs between them. These curbs are cut in vinyl and glued on the wall, detaching from the painting and intervening directly on the wall of the gallery

Between Ingres and Duchamp. London, 2016

THE LAST SUPPER gallery
Between Ingres and Duchamp is an exhibition held at the last supper gallery, in March / April 2016.
In this exhibition I propose the relationship between the concept of  fountain in the classical period as Ingres, and the contemporary concept as the fountain of Duchamp.


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