Rockabye, 2014


Oil paint and oil paint skins collaged on canvas

27.00 x 20.50 x 2.50 in

68.6 x 52.1 x 6.3 cm

Unique Work

Signed and dated on verso

$30,000 - $40,000

About The Work

Angel draws from art history as well as his own memories and past, particularly his memory as a child growing up in Puerto Rico, as sources of inspiration for his paintings.  The original references in his works are obscured by time and memory, leaving an image or object that hints at something, but like a memory, is not completely recognizable or tangible.

When creating “oil skin” works like this painting, Otero begins by reproducing an image in thick oil paint onto a large plate of glass.  Once the paint is almost completely dry, he scrapes the “oil skin” off of the glass and drapes and collages it onto the canvas, allowing the paint to pick up creases, bumps, and other imperfections during the process. The result is the obscuring and abstracting of the original image of inspiration, and the creation of a work that advances painting both conceptually and formally.

He is constantly experimenting with materials and draws much of his inspiration from the inherent behavior of paint. Otero carefully observes the interactions between paint and canvas, and wet and dry pigments.  He is perpetually translating what he has learned through experimentation into a visual narrative.

Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin

About Angel Otero

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