Thursday, February 09, 2012

Spanish artist dies

The Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies, who saw his art as a meditation on 'the void', has died aged 88. His art works have been described as 'highly intuitive, enigmatic images that have the potential to change our perception of reality'.

  • In 2003, he won Spain's top art award, the Velazquez Prize.
  • Tapies' early work was strongly influenced by surrealist painters like Miro and Klee. But he later developed his own style, featuring built-up surfaces that were often scratched with letters, numbers and signs.
  • His gritty and raw art installations often included everyday items, such as his 1971 sculpture Mattress. The work featured a bedspread, which was painted with blood-like stains and ripped in the centre to reveal horsehair stuffing.

Google his name and see what you think for yourselves.

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