METAMORFOSIS. PINTURAS DE LOS 80

MENCHU LAMAS

The Galeria Miguel Marcos presents “Metamorphosis. 80's paintings”, a monographic exhibition of Menchu ​​Lamas, an artist linked to the gallery since its inception, who had not shown her work individually in Barcelona since 2004, in her last exhibition “Espiral del Sueño”.

 

Menchu Lamas (Vigo, Spain,1954) is a central figure for understanding contemporary spanish painting. A self-taught artist, she became known in the eighties and was part of Atlántica, a group promoted by Antón Patiño, Antón Lamazares, Francisco Leiro and herself, who reactivated and placed galician art on the international scene.

 

Her works, characterized by large formats, show interest in the feeling of being inside the painting, considering a relationship of scale and a bodily implication together.

 

Elemental figures such as domestic animals and others come from some medieval bestiary, hybrid and almost fabled within the galician tradition. The sea and all its connotations and traditions frequently emerge in her work. All this embodied, as mentioned above, in a format that is no longer large but directly "american" from the canvases. The gestures expressed in her works, the intensity – one could almost say the violence – of her chromaticism, through broad brushstrokes and primary colours, already provide us with information about her classic style art.

 

Within a neo-expressionist effervescence that in Galicia constituted the fundamental axis of the Atlántica group, a return of the repressed is contemplated in a specific anthropological territory. Menchu ​​Lamas metamorphosed into fantastic forms, not exempt from a certain meaning, defined, moreover, with a sure line, almost sculptural, so that the relationship between background and "symbiotic" figure, these masked beings emerge, with bodies that look like columns, distinguishing themselves from space exterior by a black outline, applied as if it were a border.

 

The treatment of the human figure is schematic, with an unrecognizable physiognomy and inscribed through the diagonal opening if its extremities, plastically intriguing, denies all proportion with the human body: inexpressive features and disproportionate silhouettes.

 

In the eighties, she was selected for the most important collective exhibitions that took place inside and outside of Spain, such as Europalia 85 at the Sao Paulo Biennial (Brazil), Five Spanish Artists in New York (USA), Caleidoscopio Español in the Museum am Ostwall, Dormund (Germany), Spansk-Egen-Art in Stockholm (Sweden), Currents in the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston (USA) and also selected in Art d´Aujourdhui-Art de Femmes, Musée du 20´eme Siécle in Vienna (Italy).

 

Her work is part of museums and public and private collections such as Colección de Arte Contemporáneo “La Caixa” (Barcelona, Spain), CGAC, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo (Santiago de Compostela, Spain), MACBA, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) o MNCARS, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain), etc….