FELIPE REDONDO LUQUE
"The importance of Felipe R. Luque's paintings rests on the light and hard, spontaneous and felt lines of an assertive hand, intentioned by the volition of the sacred involuntary of The Muses, inviolable, in violated by this artist who only succumbs to Them (his admirable persistence and discipline notwithstanding). It honors and pleases me to present "Vignettes" telling of various creative epochs of Luque's paintings, from 1974 to the present. From a masterful, descriptive landscape, evocative of a past classicism, to a work of absolute abstraction, absolutely perfect in its equilibrium and distillation, Luque, once more, demonstrates and confirms, his artistry ... Which is dignity in the plastic arts; and his dignity, which is artistry in the art of being human".
"Since his younger days in Madrid, Felipe R. Luque has pursued a visual ideal that carries his work deep into an object's soul". (Roger Selby, Former Director, Boca Raton Museum of Art )
"Apero""After I observe an object, I find that my residual eye descends into the surface of that object until I discover its meaning." (Felipe R. Luque)
"He prepares his visual surfaces with structural integrity, in the same way a conscientious mason prepares a wall. He has a keen sense of the Earth, having begun with the warm, nurturing Earth of his native Spain" ( J. R. Cooley )
"The architectural constructions of the Spanish artist, Felipe R. Luque, are inspired by medieval gates. Luque employs iron, aluminum, wood and stone, then adds found materials, discarded objects and scrap iron, forcing, forming and covering them at his will with magical patinas. His works emanate solidity and dignity. They speak of yesteryear, of centuries of survival, of arduous and obscure epochs lost in the pages of history. They represent struggles, conquests, defeats, grandeur and dreams in both Spain and America".
"When I think of Spanish art, I think of the intenseness of Goya, the Humor of Miro, the wonderful tactility of Zurbaran, the pride of Spanish craftsmanship and the tradition of working in steel. When I look at the work of Felipe R. Luque, I am reminded of this heritage". (Andrea Meza)
"Luque works intuitively. Each day he enters his studio without knowing which work will consume his talents. It may be one he was working on the previous day, or another that had not been completed from an earlier session. There is an intense partnership between the artist and his materials. He has a sense and respect for their innermost character. He may transform them, but never to the degree that they loose their original identity. It is as if he helps the materials fulfill themselves by the transformation what he designs".
"His love of materials is coupled with an equal love for technique. Luque is a consummate craftsman. He takes great pride in the quality of his works and how he diligently selects the right patina for each. He finds it an exciting challenge to make a difficult weld or to make his equipment perform beyond normal limits. He constantly seeks to expand his knowledge and his skills simply because it gives him great pleasure".
"His wonderful series of Gates are small works that suggest a legendary passageway evoking the massive physical nature of ancient gates such as those at Mycenae. The continuing group of works known as Medievalios are indeed medieval in spirit".
"These "doors" made of metal and wood are meant to hang on the wall and their surface patina makes one feel the wood has been hand-rubbed for a hundred years. The group of works known as Pegoyos are vertical "Houses on Stills" and seem more contemporary than Luque's other work. The smaller group of stone and wood pieces are titled "Urrus". (Roger Selby, Former Director, Boca Raton Museum of Art )
Felipe R. Luque was born in Madrid, Spain in 1946
University of Madrid, 1964 -1968
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