Pure, solid, raw colour, as if poured between an organic network of black lines. There is a slight overlap. The black is losing ground. What is this black structure? Is it infinitely small? Or infinitely large? Why is it overrun by colour? Without restraint, the huge paintings created by Luis Salazar are an explosion of bright colours, straight out of the tube. 

Baroque, uplifting and vibrant abstraction. No patterns, nothing but colour for colour’s sake. Bright. It looks like a map. Maybe fields and marshes seen from the sky. Or a precious stone under the microscope. Sometimes clustered in small green, yellow, blue or purple segments, sometimes in large areas that still seem to expand before our eyes, the colours overlap with each other, often violently, and other times in a hidden harmony. What a strange arrangement. It vibrates. Everything seems to be moving. It sends off a powerful light.

Luis Salazar (1956) is a Basque artist established in Liège. After settling in Belgium at the age of 10, he studied painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Liège. He has exhibited in many countries since the 1980s. In May 2004, a retrospective of his work was held at the Musée Saint-Georges in Liège. He is the author of a monumental fresco of 28 x 12 m in the atrium of the Grand Hôpital in Charleroi. In September 2012, the City of Liège organised a major exhibition of his work at the Grand Curtius.

Many Belgian painters dare to paint and use colours and cannot be bothered by conceptual art. These include Pascal Courcelles or George Meurant, for example. To choose every single day under a sky that is so grey it should be forgiven, to handle primary colours, and use them in their raw, vibrant, precise and direct state certainly looks like an act of faith.

Luis Salazar
MM Gallery
68 place de Jeu de Balle
1000 Brussels
Until 10 May 
Fridays – Sundays, from 10:30 to 17:00
http://www.mmgallery.be/

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Luis Salazar, 2015, MM Gallery

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Luis Salazar, 2016, MM Gallery

Luis Salazar, 2016, MM Gallery

Luis Salazar, 2016, MM Gallery

 

 

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