• EXHIBITIONS

    2016 - TAPIA

    Arquetipos


    Exhibition dates: 2 - 20 NOV 2016
    Opening: Saturday 5th Nov, 5 - 7pm

    The ancient aphorism 'Know Thyself' which greeted truth seekers at the Temple of Apollo symbolises a universal human quest of great importance and difficult undertaking. In many ways art provides great assistance to unravel this complex mystery with its capacity to explore self-understanding through imagery rather than complex verbal means (Botton, Armstrong: 44)
     
    Today I realise that my art making throughout all these years was following this quest; it was bringing to the conscious mind my personal psychic energies or archetypes ('arquetipos' as we called them in Spanish) and providing me with understanding about my inner forces and how they were shaping my life. Along these lines all paintings are like self portraits and as Robert Henri once said somehow we find ourselves in others...in the way we observe them, in our interactions, and how we paint them.
     
    These images represent recurrent themes...many which fill countless sketchbooks in my studio but never before have made it to the painting stage; they bring forth ideas, feelings, and emotions which stir frequently inside. In the process of making them I shared special moments with the models; we talked...about many things, we laughed, we were in silence. These precious exchanges revealed a little bit more about myself each time...and about what it means to be human.
     
        – Pablo Tapia

     
    1) Alain de Botton and John Armstrong "Art as Therapy", 2013.
    2) David Fontana "El Lenguaje de los Simbolos", 2003.
    3) Robert Henri "The Art Spirit", 2013.
    The ancient aphorism 'Know Thyself' which greeted truth seekers at the Temple of Apollo symbolises a universal human quest of great importance and difficult undertaking. In many ways art provides great assistance to unravel this complex mystery with its capacity to explore self-understanding through imagery rather than complex verbal means (Botton, Armstrong: 44)
     
    Today I realise that my art making throughout all these years was following this quest; it was bringing to the conscious mind my personal psychic energies or archetypes ('arquetipos' as we called them in Spanish) and providing me with understanding about my inner forces and how they were shaping my life. Along these lines all paintings are like self portraits and as Robert Henri once said somehow we find ourselves in others...in the way we observe them, in our interactions, and how we paint them.
     
    These images represent recurrent themes...many which fill countless sketchbooks in my studio but never before have made it to the painting stage; they bring forth ideas, feelings, and emotions which stir frequently inside. In the process of making them I shared special moments with the models; we talked...about many things, we laughed, we were in silence. These precious exchanges revealed a little bit more about myself each time...and about what it means to be human.
     
        – Pablo Tapia

     
    1) Alain de Botton and John Armstrong "Art as Therapy", 2013.
    2) David Fontana "El Lenguaje de los Simbolos", 2003.
    3) Robert Henri "The Art Spirit", 2013.