Painter Pablo Montes presents his portfolio of richly colorful, dreamlike images. Enjoy, and visit his website for more from this talented artist.
During my development as an artist, I have been able to explore different topics and techniques that have been of great value to my recent works. There are issues that I return to on impulse or interest in order to seek new avenues.
One of those recurring topics is Time. My 1997 exhibition titled “Liveliness and Sloth of Time” explored Time in its different moods. On that occasion it was represented in a suggested manner, while still creating great energy through the use of bulky textures and strong brushwork which in turn produced tenacity within the artwork.
In continuation of my exploration of this topic, I’m still working with textures, but now in a more subtle and less protagonist way. Now I use more narrative, and the variation of shades and colors stand out in the development of themes.
These themes are worked in two ways, one where you can literally see a symbol of Time and another, which is more suggestive, in which I allow the viewer a space to be my accomplice in this search for answers to the riddle of Time.
For many years I worked as a painter, designer and illustrator. I remember one of my concerns was how to separate what was clearly an illustration and what were my fine art paintings.
As part of my evolution, I changed my way of thinking, such that today I embrace the idea of merging my passions to create a truly contemporary work that reflects the time in which I exist. I live surrounded by a wonderful wife and our twins, which often spend their time playing and drawing characters from television and computer series. To me, these fanciful creatures roam my subconscious and dreams, where they have intertwined with my own thoughts.
That’s why some of the issues I have been working on, where the female figure is present, are now accompanied by and that interact with fantastic creatures or absurd objects. You can see examples of that in recent paintings like “Catlike Dream”(Sueño Gatuno) where the time symbols are at the bottom and the imaginary creature as the main character and “Flaming Hurry” where you can see a woman in a hurry, but riding in an out-of-time bicycle.
These paintings were made with acrylic paint and a base of modeling paste to help me create the textures. Today I am working in an attempt to freeze a moment of what is going through my mind. Thus, I hope to make my mark of the moment when I passed through this instant that I’m currently designated to live in.