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THE EMOTIONISM OF ESPINOSA

Javier Jiménez Canales



Vincent Van Gogh strolls through Cajamurcia's exhibition room, where he has been invited by Espinosa to view his work, with which he wishes to establish a new style, christened with the name “Emotionism”. From the place where Van Gogh lives, he has travelled and paused in from of each painting in order to ratify the proposition of Espinosa that Emotionism, which has now been born, is a defined style just like a feeling which comes from inside to out, transmits and sends out emotions, including in this movement all of those who have good taste in painting, some creating and others viewing the artwork, equally those who understand that art is us ourselves and those who paint as if they were dreaming while awake, recovering above all, the appreciation and love for things well made.

Espinosa's works originate from emotions, because they are human and without them neither painting nor art are conceivable for him, and his emotions are the many people who love him, follow him and surround him, and to whom he owes the inspiration for his work. For this reason his painting has a feeling of total expressiveness, created from taking the oils and acrylics in his hands, just as the first man did, mixing and transferring them to his canvas, turning his fingers into brushes, allowing him to produce effects which contemplated under different lighting, show totally differentiated scenery, as if dealing with different seasons of the year of different moments of light throughout the day, as he brings out colours, tones and scales from the painting which are difficult for the untrained eye to detect, filing with life and movement, which the public can easily appreciate.

Normally sceneries, his paintings include many themes, in such a way that each work of art is compiled from multiple scenes that separately could form an individual painting. The soft lighting which assists in his creations, the proximity to the canvas which enables the sparing use of the brush of the pallet, gives the result of an intimate relationship between the artist and the painting, which is reciprocally and strongly transmitted between the painting and the public, as in the artist´s own words, “the canvas is a love letter between the artist and the viewer”.

The human figure loses presence, reducing in size within the painting as a whole appears heavy with paint in order to seek in this excess the diverse depths of the paste which is mixed upon the canvas, giving the magical result of partnered and blended colours where the whites, sea-blues, yellows and reds of the scenery blend into each other, presenting circumflexes, indicating line of sight towards, occasionally the figure of the sun as the origin of expression in the painting and the simile of life, and at other times the sky, the end of a street or a flower, or where the viewer perceives the coded message within this love affair.

The Van Gogh of the 19th century endorses the 21st century Emotionism of Espinosa, as it represents the re-vindication of the injustice that the impressionist artist suffered.

The Cajamurcia Foundation. Cedaceros, nº11. Until May 30th.



Translation by Brian Mc Menamin