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GALLERIA VICTOR LOPE SLU

Aribau 75, 08036 Barcelona
Spain

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  •   Hall 1 / H1/B30

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Victor Lope

Barcelona

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+34 93667559

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info@victorlope.com

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Hall 1 / H1/B30

21.05.2021

Topic

all-day

Exhibition "Breathing Space", with Eric Cruikshank and Michael Craik

To coincide, just like the last rays of light at dusk and the first moonbeam at night coincide, in an instant that it is neither day nor night, where limits blur and a whole world of possibilities is all that is left. Eric Cruikshank and Michael Craik’s spectrums, hues and shades coincide thusly, turning colour into a universe in itself and inviting the beholder to become part of it.

 

Both artists meet, once again, in this exhibition where colour and light undeniably prevail. Since their paths crossed in Edinburgh’s artistic circles, they have been seen collaborating together several times.  By means of their artworks, stylistically more and more refined, they re-establish the dialogue with each other in a previously unexplored way: Craik with acrylics on wood, Cruikshank with oils on linen and paper. Different languages that share many sensibilities and bear witnesses to a long, refined and meticulous creative process, where the application and removal of paint, like the ebb and flow of tide, gradually moulds the picture plane.

 

Born and settled in Scotland, the influence of landscape plays an important role in the conception of their works. Eric Cruikshank is inspired by the emotive qualities of place and the changes of light he perceives filter through his brushstrokes. Michael Craik’s process, in turn, shares a relationship with the rise and fall of the sea and the geological erosion resulting of it, a continuous toing and froing that finds expression in his repetitive and meditative creative process. Trails of the Scottish landscape that reverberate through the different tonalities of the paintings, in their chromatic fades and their emanating light.

 

It is not only the chromatic feature that captivates the viewer, but also the universe concealed within. If we approach the artwork, if we observe it from different perspectives, we will discover new hues, new shades. Like a latent being, awaiting the beholder’s gaze to catalyse its interpretation, to breathe life into it. Michael Craik and Eric Cruikshank invite us to become part of the work, to make it our own and let it embrace us. They want the audience to have an absolute freedom to read it and therefore try to free it from any narrative reference. Thus, each viewer becomes the owner of their own artistic experience, and consequently every painting will mutate according to the eyes that observe it.

 

The artists encourage us to read their artworks out of the quietude and stillness that radiate from these creations resulting of several months of work. A visual rhythm that dispels the everyday frenzy and invites us to set aside rush, to take a deep breath and commit a few minutes to observation and introspection. Ultimately, to recover “seeing” and not only “looking”.

 

Alba Alarcos Veiga

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22.05.2021

Topic

all-day

Exhibition "Breathing Space", with Eric Cruikshank and Michael Craik

To coincide, just like the last rays of light at dusk and the first moonbeam at night coincide, in an instant that it is neither day nor night, where limits blur and a whole world of possibilities is all that is left. Eric Cruikshank and Michael Craik’s spectrums, hues and shades coincide thusly, turning colour into a universe in itself and inviting the beholder to become part of it.

 

Both artists meet, once again, in this exhibition where colour and light undeniably prevail. Since their paths crossed in Edinburgh’s artistic circles, they have been seen collaborating together several times.  By means of their artworks, stylistically more and more refined, they re-establish the dialogue with each other in a previously unexplored way: Craik with acrylics on wood, Cruikshank with oils on linen and paper. Different languages that share many sensibilities and bear witnesses to a long, refined and meticulous creative process, where the application and removal of paint, like the ebb and flow of tide, gradually moulds the picture plane.

 

Born and settled in Scotland, the influence of landscape plays an important role in the conception of their works. Eric Cruikshank is inspired by the emotive qualities of place and the changes of light he perceives filter through his brushstrokes. Michael Craik’s process, in turn, shares a relationship with the rise and fall of the sea and the geological erosion resulting of it, a continuous toing and froing that finds expression in his repetitive and meditative creative process. Trails of the Scottish landscape that reverberate through the different tonalities of the paintings, in their chromatic fades and their emanating light.

 

It is not only the chromatic feature that captivates the viewer, but also the universe concealed within. If we approach the artwork, if we observe it from different perspectives, we will discover new hues, new shades. Like a latent being, awaiting the beholder’s gaze to catalyse its interpretation, to breathe life into it. Michael Craik and Eric Cruikshank invite us to become part of the work, to make it our own and let it embrace us. They want the audience to have an absolute freedom to read it and therefore try to free it from any narrative reference. Thus, each viewer becomes the owner of their own artistic experience, and consequently every painting will mutate according to the eyes that observe it.

 

The artists encourage us to read their artworks out of the quietude and stillness that radiate from these creations resulting of several months of work. A visual rhythm that dispels the everyday frenzy and invites us to set aside rush, to take a deep breath and commit a few minutes to observation and introspection. Ultimately, to recover “seeing” and not only “looking”.

 

Alba Alarcos Veiga

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23.05.2021

Topic

all-day

Exhibition "Breathing Space", with Eric Cruikshank and Michael Craik

To coincide, just like the last rays of light at dusk and the first moonbeam at night coincide, in an instant that it is neither day nor night, where limits blur and a whole world of possibilities is all that is left. Eric Cruikshank and Michael Craik’s spectrums, hues and shades coincide thusly, turning colour into a universe in itself and inviting the beholder to become part of it.

 

Both artists meet, once again, in this exhibition where colour and light undeniably prevail. Since their paths crossed in Edinburgh’s artistic circles, they have been seen collaborating together several times.  By means of their artworks, stylistically more and more refined, they re-establish the dialogue with each other in a previously unexplored way: Craik with acrylics on wood, Cruikshank with oils on linen and paper. Different languages that share many sensibilities and bear witnesses to a long, refined and meticulous creative process, where the application and removal of paint, like the ebb and flow of tide, gradually moulds the picture plane.

 

Born and settled in Scotland, the influence of landscape plays an important role in the conception of their works. Eric Cruikshank is inspired by the emotive qualities of place and the changes of light he perceives filter through his brushstrokes. Michael Craik’s process, in turn, shares a relationship with the rise and fall of the sea and the geological erosion resulting of it, a continuous toing and froing that finds expression in his repetitive and meditative creative process. Trails of the Scottish landscape that reverberate through the different tonalities of the paintings, in their chromatic fades and their emanating light.

 

It is not only the chromatic feature that captivates the viewer, but also the universe concealed within. If we approach the artwork, if we observe it from different perspectives, we will discover new hues, new shades. Like a latent being, awaiting the beholder’s gaze to catalyse its interpretation, to breathe life into it. Michael Craik and Eric Cruikshank invite us to become part of the work, to make it our own and let it embrace us. They want the audience to have an absolute freedom to read it and therefore try to free it from any narrative reference. Thus, each viewer becomes the owner of their own artistic experience, and consequently every painting will mutate according to the eyes that observe it.

 

The artists encourage us to read their artworks out of the quietude and stillness that radiate from these creations resulting of several months of work. A visual rhythm that dispels the everyday frenzy and invites us to set aside rush, to take a deep breath and commit a few minutes to observation and introspection. Ultimately, to recover “seeing” and not only “looking”.

 

Alba Alarcos Veiga

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24.05.2021

Topic

all-day

Exhibition "Breathing Space", with Eric Cruikshank and Michael Craik

To coincide, just like the last rays of light at dusk and the first moonbeam at night coincide, in an instant that it is neither day nor night, where limits blur and a whole world of possibilities is all that is left. Eric Cruikshank and Michael Craik’s spectrums, hues and shades coincide thusly, turning colour into a universe in itself and inviting the beholder to become part of it.

 

Both artists meet, once again, in this exhibition where colour and light undeniably prevail. Since their paths crossed in Edinburgh’s artistic circles, they have been seen collaborating together several times.  By means of their artworks, stylistically more and more refined, they re-establish the dialogue with each other in a previously unexplored way: Craik with acrylics on wood, Cruikshank with oils on linen and paper. Different languages that share many sensibilities and bear witnesses to a long, refined and meticulous creative process, where the application and removal of paint, like the ebb and flow of tide, gradually moulds the picture plane.

 

Born and settled in Scotland, the influence of landscape plays an important role in the conception of their works. Eric Cruikshank is inspired by the emotive qualities of place and the changes of light he perceives filter through his brushstrokes. Michael Craik’s process, in turn, shares a relationship with the rise and fall of the sea and the geological erosion resulting of it, a continuous toing and froing that finds expression in his repetitive and meditative creative process. Trails of the Scottish landscape that reverberate through the different tonalities of the paintings, in their chromatic fades and their emanating light.

 

It is not only the chromatic feature that captivates the viewer, but also the universe concealed within. If we approach the artwork, if we observe it from different perspectives, we will discover new hues, new shades. Like a latent being, awaiting the beholder’s gaze to catalyse its interpretation, to breathe life into it. Michael Craik and Eric Cruikshank invite us to become part of the work, to make it our own and let it embrace us. They want the audience to have an absolute freedom to read it and therefore try to free it from any narrative reference. Thus, each viewer becomes the owner of their own artistic experience, and consequently every painting will mutate according to the eyes that observe it.

 

The artists encourage us to read their artworks out of the quietude and stillness that radiate from these creations resulting of several months of work. A visual rhythm that dispels the everyday frenzy and invites us to set aside rush, to take a deep breath and commit a few minutes to observation and introspection. Ultimately, to recover “seeing” and not only “looking”.

 

Alba Alarcos Veiga

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Our range of artists

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  • 3  Contemporary Art

Our Artists

Artist details

Category: Contemporary Art

Michael Craik

Michael Craik was born in Edinburgh in 1972 and has worked as an artist in Scotland for the last 22 years. He studied Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen before completing an MA in European Fine Art in Barcelona. A recipient of several awards, Craik’s work has been exhibited throughout Europe and is represented by galleries in Scotland, Germany and Italy.

 

Michael Craik’s practice explores the interplay of colour and repetition as a method of producing quiet, contemplative work concerned with colour, material quality and process. Craik creates paintings by repeatedly applying paint and removing it again. This process of reduction features throughout his work, alluding to forces of erosion that form our landscape. He allows the elemental qualities of the paint to determine the appearance of each work, creating contemplative, minimal paintings.

 

The focus of these works often lies at the edges, where sanding reveals strata of paint, exposing layers of alternating colour that have been built up by brushing, pouring or spreading. In this sense, his work shares a relationship with geology, to the laying down and erosion of rock. Living in Scotland, one is constantly reminded of the forces that sculpt the land. Craik’s studio in Kinghorn, Fife, stands on a cliff overlooking the River Forth estuary.  Surrounded by this expanse of water and the endless ebb and flow of the tide, Craik is aware that these processes have, over time, permeated his artistic practice.

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Category: Contemporary Art

Eric Cruikshank

Taking landscape as an initial starting point, my paintings are not about literal presentation; instead the focus is on the emotive qualities of place. Using an objective palette tied to the Scottish landscape, colour acts as a vehicle to reveal the picture planes underlying points of reference.

 

With the structure, design, and colour harmony being grounded in the everyday, the viewer is encouraged to readdress notions of their surroundings, where the familiar is opened up and made full of possibility.

 

With the works coming out of the territory of traditional art and values, through process and presentation, a dialogue opens up between the past and present, the historical and the contemporary.

 

Despite an allusion to the social, spiritual and material contexts within the field of my art, the principal criteria always come back to the base construct elements.

 

Shape, colour, and surface build the foundational support and elevate the works concepts, allowing the viewer to uncover layers of potential meaning as each element is considered.  In the absence of imagery or narrative, the panels are left open to interpretation, as an almost blank plane to reflect the viewers own emotions and ideas.

 

By applying the paint in thinly layered colour bands, and utilising a subtraction technique, the surface is worked until a balance is reached. The delicate forms that remain give the effect of a monochromatic finish when first viewed. Through the resulting veil of paint, shimmering traces of tone flicker on the edge of focus, where the surface holds the gentlest luminosity and modulating volume.

 

The works are completed with a meticulous level of control, creating a plane that bears no brush marks, removing evidence of the hand of the artist and any imprint of technique. With this removal, the colour field comes under closer scrutiny – on approaching the work, colour pulses in constantly shifting patterns, on withdrawing, these patterns blend, bleed and fuse into a vibrant continuous field, inviting a highly tuned visual attentiveness.

 

The refined shade and contour lead the eye around the piece, gently engaging the viewer in the act of seeing, where their relationship with the work is one of continual change, as the ethereal surface vibrates with an inner light and rhythm that appears to expand outwards beyond the border, activating the space around and between the pieces.

 

Autobiographical note by the artist himself

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About us

Gallery profile

Victor Lope Arte Contemporáneo is an art gallery founded in Barcelona in 2009. Gallery value proposition is to launch and consolidate careers of emerging and mid career artists having a unique approach to contemporary art, delivering this value glo­bally, consolidating them in the european art market.

Located in the gallery district of Barcelona, it has two exhibition rooms with a total of 130 square meters. Gallery organizes between 8-10 shows per year, some of them curated by different experts. It also participates in several international art fairs, loop festival and Barcelona Gallery Weekend.

Victor Lope is also a member of Art Barcelona and Consorcio de galerías de Arte Con­temporaneo.

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Foundation

2009