GoD bLEsSJuan Gabriel Peréz Botero aka JUGA
Paper, charcoal, colored pencil, acrylic paint on Wood
Signed on front and back
23.6 " h x 31.4 " w x 1 " d |4 lbs. 6 oz.
The inspiration for this artwork comes from the world around me and the events and issues that shape it. The intention of the piece is to explore the passage of time and how it effects the structure and fragility of life, where without attention and care, those aspects that mean the most begin to deteriorate and decay.
Generally I select my materials and processes based on the needs of the task at hand. I use them to find the best combination in order to achieve the desired result. I prefer using materials that allow for rapid application so as to capture the initial outline of the concept of the project. Once this is complete, I then set about adding layers and texture to the image until it is complete.
This piece is made of paper, charcoal, colored pencil, and acrylic paint on a cradled wood panel with finished edges. It comes ready to hang.
Juan Gabriel Perez’s mixed media pieces, organized in lines and blocks of color, resemble a bird’s eye view of an urban area. Reminiscent of Richard Diebenkorn’s abstract paintings, the work is clearly influenced by the landscape. The bright primary colors bring to mind the vibrancy of Juan’s native country, Colombia. There is energy in the way the shapes intersect and move around each other, with crisscrossing lines that create both balance and haphazardness. Juan’s artworks are assembled with a range of media. Among his application of acrylic paint and charcoal, you may notice a small stub of a pencil, an airplane boarding pass, or a crumbled piece of notepaper hidden within the compositions. The layers of imagery from torn newspapers and magazines create the effect of street posters, just as they are posted on top of each other and torn down in urban spaces. In a contemporary way, Juan conveys the rich and stimulating world around him through a mix of geometric and organic forms.
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I absolutely love this piece: the multiple layers and materials give it such compelling depth. Every time I look at it, I seem to find a new shape, pattern, or plane. The title is interesting: rather than "Turn Around," this piece compels me to explore, to go further! I'm truly grateful for your work and craft, and would love to hear more about the inspiration or story behind the piece. Thank you very much, Nick- N Manluccia