Overview

Lídia Masllorens paints faces because portraits have always fascinated her, for her a look speaks louder than two hundred words. Her project is therefore to create an archetype of the portrait at the beginning of the 21st century.

Lídia Masllorens is attracted by a moderate abstraction, which allows the observer to interpret the painting with precision and to perceive implicit realities, to recreate, to dream. Her large-scale works have a strong presence and exude a remarkable dynamism and vitality. And this is all the more remarkable as it is a work on paper, a work of withdrawal and not of superimposition of layers.

The portraits are painted in black acrylic, which is then removed and washed off with a mixture of water and bleach. This technique produces the beautiful colour palette that distinguishes her work, with shades ranging from pink to white and from black to grey. Lídia's strokes are sharp and fast, resulting in many losses and failures due to the destructive nature of bleach and the unpredictable behaviour of water. Lídia takes a unique approach to the watercolour technique. She wants the paper to suck in the water to distort and bend, for the water to flow onto the canvas, for the paint to disintegrate and for her lines to crumble under the bleach.

Her monotypes have travelled the world. Her work has been exhibited at the Sorbonne Catalan Art Centre in Paris, the Osaka Centre for Contemporary Art in Japan, as well as in galleries in Cologne, Antwerp, Barcelona and Paris. Her paintings have also been exhibited in numerous European and American art fairs. At present, she continues to experiment with close-ups of faces in her studio in Cassà de la Selva.

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