Thursday, March 31, 2011

Joan Raset

Name: Joan Raset
Bio: Spanish artist Joan Raset was born in 1938 in Barcelona. Raset was trained, and worked in technical architecture, but abandoned it in the 1970s for fine art. He started attending the Cercle Artistic de Sant Lluc and later the Cercle Real in Barcelona. He was initially attracted to abstract painting, and also created signs for discothèques and nightclubs in trendy cities along the costa. But he also spent time on pastel portraiture and more figurative work, to which he attributes his eventual artistic development.
Already his pastel work was distinctive and it resulted in a publishing contract with Editorial Parragón. El Desnudo femenino al Pastel (The female Nude in Pastel) was one of his most popular works. At the end of the 1980s Raset launched into oil paintings, practically with the same concept and graphics as his pastel paintings. In 1992 he met Sam Benady,  art dealer and gallery owner, at the Miami Art Fair Art-Miami, and they began a business relationship and a friendship which has continued up to today. Raset continues to paint in his garden, and home studio, next to the Mediterranean in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Girona.
Medium: Pastel; oil; drawings.
Subjects: Figurative
Style: Post-impressionist or expressionist. Think of a post-modern Toulouse-Lautrec. (Merci M. Lautrec pour toutes vos folies – et merci M. Testarode pour les paroles.)
Navigation: This website is in Spanish. It is effectively a blog, but features a number of valuable paintings without too much inconsequential chat.
Gallery: Still Life; Figurative.
Image View: The paintings appear on the blog page and can be clicked on to enlarge, and downloaded. El vestido verde is 65 x 50 cm; 1302 x 993, 143 KB.
Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

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