23.11.2018 > 5.1.2019
El Roser, Ciutadella de Menorca
25.1.2019 > 28.4.2019
Ca n’Oliver, Maó
Josep Vives Campomar (b. Maó, 1940) belongs, along with Matias Quetglas, to a generation of key painters in the history of contemporary art in Menorca. This retrospective presents most of the works he produced between 2005 and 2018, a total of fifty-one, including oils, drawings and engravings. The still lifes, which account for the majority, have been of the greatest interest to him. Especially since the 19th century, the genre has been a battlefield of painting in terms of the representation of reality and matter.
Painting jars, bottles, fruit or drapery Vives Campomar has attained an extraordinary mastery of pictorial technique with a personal, unique and profound language. Each object represented is painted and retouched time and again, patiently, obsessively, stripping it of anything dispensable until it becomes life-painting. His work is a call to silence, to the presence of simple things, to their temporal nature, to the Menorca that has made the man and the painter.