Yago Hortal’s Vibrant Abstractions

Yago Hortal abstract paintings

Yago Hortal abstract paintings

Yago Hortal abstract paintings

Yago Hortal abstract paintings

Spanish artist Yago Hortal makes some of the most interesting works in pure abstraction that I’ve seen. His thick, dimensional brushstrokes of fluorescent acrylic paint create images that appear to jump off the canvas–and sometimes actually do. I love the level of detail and intricacy in his paintings, which seem to invite close inspection to examine each layer and pathway by which all the rainbow of acrylic globs connect. The images are deceptively simple at the same time. The paint is applied in a way that showcases the materials of paint and brush that seem accidental at times and at others makes me wonder how he convinced the paint to conform itself into such controlled chaos. There is an interesting evolution of his work toward a simpler and more tightly controlled style which you can browse chronologically on his site here.

Skip Hursh

January 7, 2013 / By

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