Teichert Gallery presents:
José Antonio Valverde-Alcalde: ¡Olé!
Opening reception: Thursday, August 2nd 5-9pm
Works on display August 1 – 15th
1723 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
Join us for the opening reception of ¡Olé! – an exhibition of works by the late José Valverde. Works on display at Teichert Gallery August 1 – 15th.
Internationally-renowned artist José Valverde was born and raised in Spain before settling in Nova Scotia in 1971, making his home in Chester. His vibrant and colourful works are inspired by both his coastal Nova Scotian home and his Mediterranean roots.
José Antonio Valverde
José Antonio Valverde was born in Madrid, Spain. He came to Canada in 1963 to further his academic studies and to take up an appointment as lecturer at the University of Alberta, before settling in Nova Scotia in 1971.
José pursued an academic career teaching Spanish literature and culture until 1989. He painted throughout this time, and in 1989 he began working full time as an artist, finally able to pursue the career he loved.
José studied at the universities of Zaragoza (Spain), Cambridge (England) and Alberta (Canada) and took workshop and studio courses in fine art in France, England and Canada.
José has been honoured with a number of grants and awards, including the Order of Civil Merit at the Commander Level by King Phillip VI of Spain in 2014, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions, and his works can be found in public and private collections in Nova Scotia, across Canada, and abroad.
My work, although still objective in the figurative mode, emphasizes colour, line, shape and the organic quality of texture as opposed to the traditional ideas of realism and perspective. I try to use a gestural intuitive paint handling, sometimes even with excursions into abstraction. I am thus able to emphasize immediacy and spontaneity without losing a direct recognition of the subject matter. The subjects are either products of my imagination or come from the storehouse of recollected visual experience. At times, I paint as a mode of returning to my roots (the Mediterranean, Spain, interiors of family homes, etc.) in order to find what is meaningful to me. At other times my artwork celebrates the terrain in which I now live (Nova Scotia, villages, sailing, Chester, my friends and family).
I aim at using a playful concert of colours until the painting vibrates with a life of its own. This strong colour palette is based on the complementary chromatic scale (purples/ yellows; greens/reds; oranges/blues) much in the way the French “fauvists” used them –the “mystery” of the opposites. My heart beats strongly when I apply the paint trying to equilibrate values. I use light for emphasis, at random, and not as a requisite as in the traditional mode. Painting for me acts as an “equilibrator.” I believe it affects and even controls my behaviour. It is a healing process of coming to terms with my own reality. Positive paintings in full colour are the result.
For more information, please contact:
Senior Art Gallery Assistant
902 424 3087
Open | Sun–Mon 12–5 | Tues–Sat 10–5
1723 Hollis Street, Halifax (at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia)