Ismael Lagares is one of the young artists with a greatest projection in the national and international artistic scene. In general, his work is developed in a large format painting, of expressionist cut and an important material load. Due to his experimental methodology, he has a colorful, vibrant, fast and loose touch that enters fully into abstraction.
Colour is one of the most outstanding elements in his work. Ismael Lagares acquires a fresh and luminous palette, full of bright colours: intense yellow, pink, light green, electric blue, they create spaces that invite you to explore and let yourself be carried away by visual sensations.
Not only the color is the protagonist, but also the material and technique form a whole of vital importance in his production. Lagares plays with the pictorial density of his works, either through excess or moderation. Heavy masses of paint coexist with soft brush strokes, creating a fragile and resounding scene at the same time. Likewise, the support acquires equal importance in the works of Lagares, being the linen the support on which the work is constructed.
By tackling the technique of Ismael Lagares, it is possible to establish a relationship with other artists such as Jackson Pollock, or the UAE artist who died in 2016, Hassan Sharif. From the first one he takes the movement and gestures of his painting, which runs freely over the linen, remembering the uncontrolled dance that Pollock performed in his studio. De Sharif takes “loyalty to colour”, a description used by the UAE artist himself to refer to his work. As with Sharif’s work, Ismael Lagares’ paintings show all his brilliance and mastery in the use of colour.
This way of creating of Ismael Lagares gives as a result a measured and well studied experience, but at the same time it is fresh and exciting, totally unpretentious.
Lagares has been present at exhibitions in cities such as Valencia or Alicante and has received awards from numerous competitions both nationally and internationally, among others, Premio Nacional de Salón de Otoño Sevilla (2010) y el 1º Premio Internacional Francisco Zurbarán, Fuente de Cantos, Badajoz. Currently his work is exhibited in several exhibitions of contemporary art at national and international levels, some salient examples being ARCO, MACO, LIMA ART, Art Madrid, or JustMad.
Ismael, thank you for receiving us in your studio in Bollullos par del Condado in Seville.