Woman Lying on the Grass (Yellow Skirt)

Antonio Ballester Moreno

Woman Lying on the Grass (Yellow Skirt), 2020

Characterized by a language of reduced forms and shapes – areas defined by solid fields of color, the work of Antonio Ballester Moreno explores the human relationship with the image and the roots of pictorial representation at large. Making the conceptualization of schematic images, a graphic structure that portrays our conceptual categorization and perceptual constancies of the world, the point of departure of his work, Ballester Moreno examines the nature of human perception and the way we understand and construct, through images, the world we live in.

With its subject firmly rooted in reality, Woman Lying on the Grass (Yellow Skirt), is part of a new group of works, which takes the human figure as its central motive. Reduced to a set of basic formal components, defined by fields of color, the work, like much of Ballester Moreno’s practice highlights the universality and permanency of forms while tying its subject firmly with the theme of nature and the tradition of landscape painting. Landscape allows for space to open into infinity, crushing the invisible borders of the painting, and merging it with life beyond the canvas. Painted on untreated, raw jute with layers of liquid paint, a process reminiscent of dyeing clothes, the porous nature of the canvas, rich texture, and strong material presence, appropriates the basic from the cycle of life, taking us back to the once familiar, to the universal, to what we all share.

Antonio Ballester Moreno lives and works in Madrid. His work has been exhibited at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico and Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Móstoles, Spain among others. In 2018 Ballester Moreno co-curated and participated in the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo. His work is in the collections of the Museo Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid, Art Situacions, Barcelona, Spain, DKV Collection, Spain, Banco de España Collection, Spain, Olor Visual Collection, Barcelona, Spain, CA2M–Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, Spain, MUSAC–Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain, Olbricht Collection, Berlin, Collection Reydan Weiss, Essen, Germany and the Jerry Speyer Collection, New York among other.