Violeta in “Humpty Dumpty Sat on the Wall” by José Luis Muñoz Luque

Violeta in “Humpty Dumpty Sat on the Wall” by José Luis Muñoz Luque

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….this is one artist who makes Facebook seem useful: he can post final works, works in progress, his daughter’s artwork, comments from close friends – everything – given a wonderful immediacy thanks to the flexibility of the social network.

He is Spanish artist José Luis Muñoz Luque, and this is his daughter Violeta:

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His art is remarkably accessible – despite the almost distancing effect of his extraordinary technical ability, he is working in familiar themes and contexts – the girl in the first and third preliminary drawings is in fact being imagined in a Star Wars landscape:

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Here’s the Googlish description of his artistic influences, and his methods:

“My biggest influences are Symbolism and Renaissance painting, but it both aesthetically and conceptually amuses me to merge them with comics and film. In the compositions I seek an update on universal symbols of mythology or classical literature, from my contemporary vision.

As for the way I like the development of the work to look, I give the highest priority to the composition. Technically delivery of a detailed drawing which will gradually add color based glazes, tempera and acrylic first and then oil with alkídica resin. While I like the detail, I don’t seek photorealism, I prefer a painterly look, so I usually put my characters on flat bottoms with symbolic elements drawn and written, or gold leaf.” (Cross Connect Magazine)

….so no photorealism, and a desire to mix an ancient “look” to a painting with themes that could come from comics or films –  Star Wars now has Little Red Riding Hood as a character, and a crash-test-dummy becomes the modern Humpty-Dumpty. Do click on the Facebook links and have a look at the honesty with which he presents all the stages in a composition – plus an insight into his love for his daughter, and how even her childlike drawings affect his work….lovely stuff…

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