We are honoured to present a solo show of one of Spain’s most renowned artists, Luis Feito (b. 1929). The exhibition ranges from his early work of the 1950s and 60s to his most recent of 2007. It is a rare and wonderful opportunity to see a selection of the artist’s original paintings in London.
Luis Feito was born in Madrid, and attended the San Fernando School of Fine Art there from 1950-54. He held his first solo exhibition of abstract work at the Galeria Buchholz, Madrid, in 1954. In 1956, he moved to Paris where he met other Spanish artists with whom he would later form the influential ‘El Paso’ group in Spain (1957-60). Throughout his life, Feito has travelled widely and been drawn to a rich variety of sources for his inspiration: from African and Asian ‘primitive’ art to Native American Indian artefacts.
In the late 1950’s and early 60s, Luis Feito created surfaces with oil and sand in monochromatic scale colours, such as black, white and ochre (as illustrated above by Untitled, 1959). He often divides the chromatic field in his paintings dramatically, using two contrasting areas in the composition, or even using two conjoined canvases in one composition. Colours appeared later in his paintings such as red, often used in circular forms. Abstract structures full of matter, with strong contrasts between white, black or red, are the key aspects of his work. There is a constant dialogue between textures, light and colour range.
Since 1954, Feito has exhibited regularly internationally, in cities such as Madrid, Paris, Milan, New York, Helsinki, Tokyo and Rome. This will be his first solo exhibition in London since exhibiting with Antonio Tapies, Manolo Millares, Antonio Saura and others at Arthur Tooth & Sons in 1960. Major exhibitions have included the Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal (1968), Museum of Modern Art, Bilbao (1977), Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid (1988) and a retrospective entitled Feito 1952-2002 at the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2002). His prizes include being a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France (1993), the Gold Medal of Fine Arts, Spain (1998), the Critics Prize, Estampa, Madrid (2001) and the AECA Grand Prize, Arco, Madrid (2002).
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