For Eugenia Gajardo, the pleasure of tactile involvement is crucial to painting. Using her hands, she spreads different mediums on the canvas to create strong textural effects that give material form to the ideal images she envisions. Unorthodoxically, the artist conceives her paintings as objects to be experienced through touch. By inviting the viewers to glide their hand on the surface of the canvas, she allows them to perceive the sensations she experienced during the creation process. Gajardo’s artworks for Art Jakarta 2019 establish an intimate connection with the public through their perceptual possibilities.
Rising Treasures (2018, 2019) is a collection comprising paintings that exudes a deeply personal lyricism. In her elegant lyrical abstract compositions, the artist builds a pictorial work that is static and dense. Little splashes of colour overlap, coalesce and melt onto the canvas on which crystal mortar is purposefully laid, forming a thick pigmented texture which recalls a perpetual swarm. Showcasing sumptuous colours achieved through the generous display of gold and silver leaves, this collection shows Eastern and Western influences. In her works, Gajardo, A Chilean of Spanish descent who has been living in Asia for over 40 years, brings together the lustrousness of silver, a metal deeply rooted in the history of South America, and the glistening of gold, which has been long associated with the sacred and the royal sphere in Asian cultures.
Rising Treasures offers a striking sense of emotion. The Chilean artist and psychotherapist seeks to bring joy and light to the traumatic experiences of her own life through the liberating force of lyrical abstract paint. By appropriating the transcendental quality of gold, Gajardo infuses a spiritual outlook in her works. The artist, who has been probing the mysteries of the soul for many years, conceives her paintings as a receptacle of spiritual essence, a spiritual essence that she offers to the viewers through the tactile rendering of the paintings.
Eugenia Gajardo inaugurates her presence at the fair by presenting Alegria II, a series of artworks comprising acrylic paintings and colourful art columns. This vibrant series, titled after the Spanish word for joy, aims at bringing positive energy and happiness into people’s lives. Like the Great Masters, who, after WWII, attempted to erase the traumatizing images of the movements, the Chilean artist and psychotherapist brings solace to the traumatic experiences of her own life through the liberating force of gestural painting. By letting the irrational irrupt on the canvas. Lyrical Abstraction permits a diversity of emotional tonalities that enables Gajardo to closely render her most intimate feelings, while allowing the viewer to follow his own imagination in interpreting the artwork.
The artist masters chromatic effects. By punctuating the canvas with splashes of colour that transmit movement and permeating her work with tactile sensuality through impastos and reliefs, Gajardo creates a pictorial world that suggests the infinite variations of shades and textures found in nature. Strips of solid colour depicted in vibrant tones aggrandise some of her compositions, crossing the pictorial plane like a pathway would cross a field in blossom. They invite the beholder to wander inside the evocative world created by the artist, conveying thereby a sense of liveliness to pieces that is reflective of her optimistic outlook on life.
Eugenia Gajardo, who has been probing the mysteries of the soul for many years, has conceived Alegria II as a form of spiritual therapy. The vibration of her harmonious chromatic contrasts acts as an energising balm for the soul, bringing joy and animation to the viewer. The artist’s pictorial world becomes an endearing magnetic space where one can find inner well-being through the healing power of Alegria, pure joy.
Like the Great Masters, who, after WWII, attempted to erase the traumatizing images of the battlefields and give free reign to the contingency of psychic movements, Gajardo and Le Blanc have entrusted their most intimate thoughts to their compositions. Sensuous colours and lyrical motifs convey a deep sense of emotion to the works, works which represent the repository of the artists’ souls.
Eugenia Gajardo is a Chilean psychotherapist and artist. She has envisioned herself as an artist since childhood and came to fulfill her dream to paint in recent years. Gajardo projects herself immediately into her work by following her creative impulse. This impulse expresses itself in the urge to capture the essence of the human condition through saturated colours and textural effects. Her compositions are built upon layers of streaked paint permeated with impastos and reliefs achieved through different devices and her own physical interaction. Each layer exposes the underlying layer creating a powerful sensation of depth and perspective that reminds one of an abstract landscape: the landscape of Gajardo’s varied life experiences. These multilayered canvases are a mirror to her emotional world and are metaphors to a vibrant inner life.The artist, who has been probing the mysteries of the soul for many years, has found a cathartic way to express her deepest emotions through her art, which she conceives as a window open to her subconscious.
Katy Le Blanc is a Dutch artist who briefly explored drawing and aquarelle in her twenties before immersing herself in painting during her maturity. Her art practice is characterised by her unorthodox approach to paint application, which relinquishes the use of the paintbrush altogether. The artist takes the freedom to pour the pigment directly onto the canvas, guiding it through the gesture of her own hands or with chopsticks to create flowing fields of colour. The sensual and innate pleasure that Le Blanc experiences in playing with the possibilities of the matter of paint give life to vibrant chromatic constructions. Lyrical motifs, above all flowers, stud her canvases and emphasise her intimate relationship with nature, a relationship that plays a fundamental role in the artist’s connection to self.
Katy Le Blanc’s open and inquisitive mind has led her to seek inner wisdom in Ayurvedic and Yogic teachings, starting her on a spiritual journey that found its accomplishment in the liberating force of gestural paint.
A collaboration with Andy Yang.
Exuding a deeply personal lyricism, the elegant gestural and tachist compositions showcase sumptuous colours and textural effects that offer a striking sense of movement and emotion. The exhibition highlights conceptual parallels in the artists’ work, epitomized in the generous use of gold. The precious metal, which has been long associated with the sacred sphere, shows the spiritual outlook that Yang and Gajardo chose to infuse in their works. The form, transcended, becomes the repository of the artist’s most intimate thoughts. On the occasion of the exhibition, the artists present a collaborative piece which brings together their unique creative vision and shared aesthetics, like a record of their artistic conversations.
Andy Yang shortly explored figurative painting before turning towards abstract art in his artistic maturity. His paintings, which present echoes of surrealist automatism, penetrate and explore the deepest layers of emotions. Following the dimensions of the canvas, his hand and arm trace either narrow or broad circular movements that recall a breath of air. The union between the hand and the means of expression is so intimate and immediate that the gesture of painting culminates in eruptions, amplified by the use of air blown from various implements. Sometimes, a figurative form peeks through the canvas, as a reminiscence, a ghost of the past.
Like most artists who adopted lyrical abstraction, Yang pays close attention to the texture of his paint, which is often thick and expressive. Shimmering particles of gold in it recall the exuberance of the tropical sun. Gold, however, also conveys the idea of the sacred, elevating the canvas to the status of icon.
Eugenia Gajardo is also affiliated with lyrical abstraction. Tachist rather than gestural, she builds a pictorial world that is static and dense. Little splashes of colour overlap, coalesce and melt onto the canvas on which crushed crystal is purposefully laid, forming a thick pigmented texture which recalls a perpetual swarm. The juxtaposition of light and dark colours creates a sense of vibration and depth that brings forward certain planes while others seem to move away. A few lines, like secular crosses, stand out from the blended background. The viewer could imagine that such crosses bear a symbolic significance for the artist.
The gold, silver and bronze leaves, that Gajardo applies like swaths of colour, do not only serve the purpose of adding brilliance and preciousness to the canvas. One may think that the artist, who has been probing the mysteries of the soul for so many years, conceives her paintings as a receptacle of spiritual essence
On the occasion of the celebration of our National Day, the Embassy of Chile in Singapore is pleased to present Nebulosity by Chilean artist Eugenia Gajardo.
In this new collection of abstract paintings, Ms Gajardo expresses her search for clarity, golden light and silver beauty through the obscure and amorphous path of the unknown, a painful process in her constant search for her true nature.
The Embassy of Chile is honoured to highlight Chilean artists living abroad to share their art to strengthen bilateral cultural relations with Singapore. With her passion and talent Ms Gajardo wonderfully embodies this spirit.
We hope that you enjoy the exhibition and we wish to express our sincere appreciation to all who have contributed to this magnificent event to bring us all together to celebrate Chile and its culture all over the world.
James Sinclair, Ambassador of Chile to Singapore, 2 October 2017
The Embassy of Chile proudly presents the Chilean artist Eugenia Gajardo, a 40-years resident in Singapore who had her first solo exhibition in Singapore in 2014. We are glad to open the Embassy’s residence to our friends to exhibit Eugenia’s dynamic collection of abstract contemporary paintings.
Becoming III, the result of Eugenia’s inner journey, her constant becoming and search for who she is, while constantly seeking a deeper understanding of t he human condition and the duality t hat lives within all of us.
This exhibition gives us the opportunity to share with you the passionate art of Eugenia Gajardo, and highlight the work of a Chilean living abroad. We wish to express our gratitude to all who have contributed to this magnificent exhibition, as well as to encourage Chilean artists to continue creating and enhancing our arts and culture all over the world.
James Sinclair, Ambassador of Chile to Singapore, 9 June 2016
This collection of paintings by Eugenia Gajardo takes us on a path of transformation; each work is an expression of carefree essence and the energy of duality within.
These emotional landscapes are a meditation on the human condition. The endless energy, joy and happiness converge with a feeling of suffering and despair. This intuitive discovery reflects Gajardo’s continuum of existence. The outer and inner worlds collide in this vibrant kaleidoscope of colours that are at times free and at times feel imprisoned.
Each stroke, each brush, each gesture is a brick on a path – an exploration of her voice and search for freedom. From the white empty canvas, through the textured layers of matter, to the meditative action of painting, Gajardo draws us in. Each painting is an invitation to enter this world and to partake this journey with her.