A girl sits on her bed fondly regarding her cat while it plays with a red ball. "Animals have always been objects of admiration and inspiration for me," says artist Javier Ortas. "Wildlife and also pets, as in this case, star in many of my works," Javier adds. Part of Javier's ongoing series of people enjoying everyday activities. Painted without any visual references, he starts with a single sketch to determine the composition and then begins drawing. All from his imagination, with most of the colors already mapped out before working.
Measurements are for the full size paper 13.77" x 19.68", and the approximate painted area is 10.23" h x 15.74". Under the painted area in the right corner in pencil is the title of the work in Spanish, "Lago. Chica con gato," the signature and the year in two digits (20). It is also signed on the back.
Artist Javier Ortas presents a playful and romantic view of the world in his signature geometric style. Javier paints entirely from his imagination, creating whimsical scenes from daydreams and encounters on world travels. As a child growing up in Madrid, he took private lessons, learning to draw and work with oil paint, acrylics and watercolor. Later, living in California, Javier pushed himself to perfect his technique drawing with pen, ink and colored pencils, producing thousands of drawings. Today, he resides in Madrid where he grew up and feels the most inspiration. "When painting I use my imagination," he says. "I do my best to include what's personally on my mind to motivate my creative process." Javier likes to escape the noise of the busy city and spend time in nature. His artwork has been exhibited at galleries around the world, including in Spain, France, Holland and Italy.