Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of works by Antonio Ballester Moreno. This will be his first solo exhibition with the gallery and will feature a series of new paintings and paper collages. Ballester Moreno is guided by instinct and uses the raw material of jute and acrylic paint within a palette of primary colors and foundational geometric shapes. The paintings refer to patterns and colors found in nature: yellow for light; blue to water; and the mixing of the two creates green, the color of vegetation; circles are cycles of the moon and sun; triangles are trees and mountains. All of these shapes are created through careful hand-eye coordination, resulting in subtle variances and a spontaneous quality of line. The title of the exhibition is reinforced through the repetition inherent in the making of each painting, which can be comprised of up to thirty layers of paint.
Through his application of simplistic and determined shapes and colors, Ballester Moreno has developed a personal vocabulary upon which he builds a world of subtle variances and symbolic compositions. And while ultimately rooted in abstraction, his work evokes the history of pattern and decoration, craft, tapestry design, and African, Islamic and Ottoman influences.
Ballester Moreno lives and works in Madrid, Spain and is considered one of the key figures in the young Spanish art scene. His work is included in the monograph Vitamin P2 published by Phaidon (2012) and is in the collections of Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Móstoles, Spain; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), León, Spain; the Olbricht Collection, Berlin, Germany; and Collection Reydan Weiss, Essen, Germany. Ballester Moreno has exhibited internationally at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany; and Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Móstoles, Spain and is a recipient of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León’s (MUSAC) Artistic Creation Grant.