Rómulo Celdrán to exhibit at SCOPE Basel
14-19 June, 2016
JUNE 2nd, 2016
Spanish artist Rómulo Celdrán will exhibit a series of paintings and sculptures during Art Basel in Switzerland this month, with Zurich Gallery Arthobler. SCOPE art fair, celebrating its 10th Anniversary in Basel, announces its new location at Clarahuus, just three blocks from Messeplatz, a brief walk from the main fair. SCOPE Basel’s offers guests a view of the contemporary art world available nowhere else, through a careful selection of 85 international galleries.
Rómulo Celdrán´s oeuvres on display at SCOPE belong to his Zoom and Macro series, a set of paintings exploring ordinary objects, which challenge our way of seeing the world around us. Works at SCOPE will include Macro XVI, a finely detailed sculpture of pencil shavings.
Celdrán’s drawings are so sharply observed and painstakingly created, they reflect a meditative, almost monastic/scientific obsession by the artist for creating artworks with such verisimilitude they invite us to re-discover reality. His work is so labour intensive and meticulous that he produces between 10-15 pieces per year.
Macro XVI. Aluminium, polyurethane, digital print and resin. 223 x 220 x 11 cm.
Esteemed art critic Orlando Franco compares Celdrán’s perfectly hand drawn facsimiles of everyday objects to the work of the Flemish Masters, and indeed his drawings follow in the Flemish tradition of creating exquisite artworks from acute observations of often mundane objects. Franco commented: “Rómulo Celdrán accepts and uses a specific pictorial language. A language that is over five hundred years old and whose first masters were the primitive Flemish artists. This language assumes that the truth has to be sought in appearances and that, therefore, appearances deserve to be preserved through their representation. This language also assumes continuity in time and space. It is a language that treats objects in the most natural way possible. In the case of Rómulo Celdrán, his motives belong to the sphere of the ordinary, the commonplace interpreted as being susceptible to artistic appraisal … these models show, on the author’s part, a singular selective perception as a way of understanding the work process itself.”
Zoom 41. Acrylic and pencil on board. 113 x 130 cm.
Notes to Editors
Rómulo Celdrán was born in Spain in 1973. Celdrán had his first solo exhibition at the tender age of 16, his early introduction to the professional artistic world meant that he was self-taught. His curriculum vitae includes solo exhibitions such as; Rómulo Celdrán at Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York (2014); Macro at Arthobler Gallery, Zurich (Switzerland) (2013); and Zoom at Raquel Ponce Gallery, Madrid (2010). Group exhibitions at an international level include; Sketchy at Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York (2013); ONCE Foundation IV Contemporary Art Biennial at the Conde Duque Cultural Centre, Madrid (2012); and Realismus–das Abenteuer der Wirklichkeit. Courbet-Hopper-Gursky, Germany, a touring exhibition through Germany and The Netherlands (2010).
He has also participated in Awards such as; the Francesco Messina Foundation Premio Internazionale Giovane Scultura; the Sovereign European Art Prize; and Mapfre Foundation Penagos Drawing Prize. He has taken part in many international art fairs including; ArcoMadrid; JustMad; Arte Lisboa; Munich Contempo; Art Cologne; Kunst Zurich; The Solo Project Basel; Swab Barcelona; Bloom Colonia and Contemporary Istanbul.
His works can be found in institutional and private collections like the Art Collection HypoVereinsbank (Germany), Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art. Artium (Spain), Artphilein Foundation (Liechtenstein), Caja Madrid Collection (Spain), La Caixa Testimonio Collection (Spain), Genty Latimer Collection (London), Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection (NYC/Florida, EEUU) or Biedermann Museum (Germany), amongst others.
Scope Basel runs from 14-19 June, 2016
For more information go to: http://scope-art.com/shows/basel-2016/exhibitors/
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