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Paco Pomet


MELANCHOLIA

Richard Heller Gallery is proud to present "Melancholia," the gallery’s fourth solo exhibition with Granada, Spain-based artist, Paco Pomet.

Paco Pomet writes: "Since my childhood, the observation of different states of light in certain landscapes has been the trigger, and in many cases the condition, which fostered an intense aesthetic experience. Generally associated with dusk, at twilight, although often embodied in the vertical and oppressive light of the summer midday, this intense experience before the light and the landscape could provoke fear and anguish on some occasions or, on the contrary, an overwhelming enthusiasm. The difference between a painful experience or an enthusiastic one rested in a certain whim of the spirit that I have not always been able to control.

In the majority of occasions this experience was translated into a joy, a reverential communion before the ecstatic beauty of the spectacular unfolding of the world. A celebration of ‘being in the world,’ a commemoration of ‘the figure and the landscape.’ But, in others, this experience was tinged with hurt before the immensity of the world along with the consciousness of lightness, smallness and finitude of one’s self-existence. In these cases, the landscape revealed itself as a sinister scenario where the changes of light were filled with threatening intentions, showing the disturbing vastness of the space as well as the awareness of the inevitable passage of time."

In this series of paintings, gathered under the title "Melancholia," the semantic intentions of Pomet have, in this case, a marked course. Although Pomet admits that “the melancholic feeling constitutes a strictly personal and non-transferable experience,” the works gathered in this exhibition treasure the aspiration (“chimerical, in any case,” the artist admits) of provoking in the spectator that sensation of fear before the abyss that the German romantics called The Sublime, that nostalgia the Portuguese and Brazilians call Saudade, and that feeling that in ancient and pre-modern medicine they called Melancholia.

About the artist:

Born in 1970, Granada, Spain. Lives and works in Granada, Spain.

Pomet received a Fine Arts Degree from the University of Granada, Spain, in 1993 and graduated from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 2004. Pomet’s works are in the permanent collections of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Madrid, Spain; Spanish Academy, Rome, Italy; Santander Museum of Fine Arts, Spain; IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art), Spain; and Colecciōn Solo, Madrid, Spain.

New work by Paco Pomet will be exhibited at Richard Heller Gallery's booth, 345, at Expo Chicago, 2018.


Born
1970, Granada, Spain
Lives and works in Granada, Spain

Education
2004
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

1993
Fine Arts Degree, University of Granada, Spain

1992
Erasmus Exchange program, Loughborough College of Art & Design, UK

Exhibitions
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Melancholia, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (forthcoming)

2017
Un Breve fulgor/A Brief Glare. My Name´s Lolita Art Gallery. Madrid, Spain

2016
Paco Pomet: Recent Paintings, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2015/2016
Paco Pomet, The Baker Museum, Artis-Naples, Florida

2014
Scapelands, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Recent Work, My Names´s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain
One More Try, Bendixen Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

2012
Shipwrecks, Bendixen Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Breve Manual de Antropología, My Names´s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Contra la Inercia, Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Granada, Spain

2011
Horns and Tales, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2010
Montaigne´s Nightmare, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
My name´s Lolita Art, Madrid, Spain

2009
Muralla Bizantina, Cartagena, Spain

2007
Huracanes de plastic, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Valencia, Spain
New Paintings, Sala siglo XXI, Diputación de Huelva, Spain

2006
Un nuevo desorden, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2005
Sandunga Art Gallery, Granada, Spain
G-Train, Sala Rivadavia, Diputación Provincial de Cádiz, Spain

2002
Sandunga Art Gallery, Granada, Spain

2001
Ficciones Mínimas, Diputación Provincial de Jaén, Spain
Fundación Josep Niebla, Casavells, Girona, Spain

2000
A+A Gallery, Venecia, Italy

1999
Mediterránea, Centro de Arte Contemporánea, Granada, Spain
Retratos, Centro de Lenguas Modernas, University of Granada, Spain

1998
Ciudad Cero, Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Diputación Provincial de  Granada, Spain

1994
Arquitectónica,  Ánima Gallery, Sevilla, Spain

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Under the Winter Moon, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (February - March)

2016
Juxtapoz x Superflat exhibition, co-curated by Takashi Murakami and Juxtapoz's Editor, Evan Pricco, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2016/2017)
EXPO CHICAGO, Richard Heller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Juxtapoz x Superflat exhibition, co-curated by Takashi Murakami and Juxtapoz's Editor, Evan Pricco, Pivot Art & Culture Center, Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, WA
226 Puntos, My Name´s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2015
EXPO CHICAGO, Richard Heller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Summa Art Fair, Galería My Name´s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Dismaland, Bemusement Park, curated by Banksy, Weston-super-Mare, UK
Arte Santander 15, My name´s Lolita Art Gallery booth, Santander, Spain
Behold! The Blob, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Horizonte de sucesos, Álvaro Alcázar Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Pulse New York, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, New York, NY

2014
EXPO CHICAGO, Richard Heller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Summa Art Fair, My Name´s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Pulse New York, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, New York, NY
Paisaje de encargo, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2013
The Christmas Show, Bendixen Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
IRREVERSIBLE Magazine: 8 Years Anniversary, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, FL
Tinta Plana, Christian M. Walter Silkscreen Studio, Casa Molino Ángel Ganivet, Granada, Spain
In Case We Don´t Die, The Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
JUSTMAD Art Fair, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2012
The Armory Show, Richard Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Miami Project, Richard Heller Gallery, Miami, FL
Art Platform, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Justmad Art Fair, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2011
Group Show, Bendixen Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Armory Show, Richard Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Justmad Art Fair, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2010
Donaciones, IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art), Valencia, Spain
Fourth Beijing International Art Biennale (BIAB), Beijing, China
La imagen y el animal, Palacio Condes de Gabia, Granada, Spain
Justmad Art Fair, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain
OFF, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid. Spain

2009
Lisbon Art Fair, Portugal
Our Beginnings Never Know Our Ends, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
SCOPE New York’09, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, New York, NY

2008
Scope Basel’08, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Scope New York’08, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, New York, NY
Biennale Arts Le Havre, France
OFF, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2007
Art Brussels’07, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Belgium
ARCO’07, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Arte Santander´07, My Name´s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2006
ARCO’06, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2003
ARCO´03, Sandunga Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2002
Foro Sur Art Fair, Sandunga Gallery, Cáceres, Spain
Hotel y Arte´02, Sandunga Gallery, Inglaterra Hotel, Sevilla, Spain

2001
Double Trouble, The Patchett Collection, Instituto de América, Centro Damián
Bayón, Santa Fé, Granada, Spain

2000
Borsisti 1999-2000, Spanish Academy, Rome, Italy
Becarios Academia de España en Roma, Real Academia de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain

Publications
MAGAZINES:

JUXTAPOZ, The Surrealist Adventurer, Gwynned Vitello, June 2017
ARTSLANT
HARPERS' MAGAZINE
IRREVERSIBLE MAGAZINE
LA PALANCA DE CAMBIO
LA RAYA VERDE

PRESS
Juxtapoz, "An Ailment You Enjoy: A Conversation with Paco Pomet", September 13, 2018
Juxtapoz, Paco Pomet, The Surrealist Adventurer Interview, June 14, 2017
Cadena SER | “Tengo cosas más importantes que hacer que mostrar mi obra en ARCO”
CNN | “Welcome to Dismaland: Banksy’s new grotesque art theme park “
Diario ABC | “Esos otros mundos”
Diario ABC | “Huracanes de pega”
Diario ABC | “Paco Pomet hace en Sevilla su primera muestra individual”
Diario EL CONFIDENCIAL | “Dismaland, el parque menos divertido del mundo”
Diario EL PAÍS | “La gran bofetada de Banksy”
Diario EL PAÍS | “Un grito de guerra”
Diario IDEAL | “Diputación organiza la primera retrospectiva del pintor granadino Paco Pomet”
Diario IDEAL | “El artista granadino Paco Pomet triunfa en la Bienal de Beijing”
Diario IDEAL | “El éxito de público amplia la exposición de Paco Pomet hasta el 29 Abril de 2012”
Diario LA VERDAD | “Banksy elige a Pomet”
EL CULTURAL | “Paco Pomet, el progreso regresivo”
EUROPAPRESS | “Primera retrospectiva en España dedicada al pintor granadino Paco Pomet”
GRANADA HOY | “La realidad pierde su contexto”
GRANADA HOY | “Paco Pomet se suma a la última provocación de Banksy: Dismaland”
Radio 3, RNE3. “Hoy empieza todo” (21/9/2015)
Radio Clásica, RNE2. “Juego de espejos” (19/10/2015)
THE HUFFINGTON POST | “Paco Pomet at Monya Rowe Gallery”
THE HUFFINGTON POST ǀ “Paco Pomet’s Surreal Paintings Take Vintage Photography To The Next Level
YOROKOBU ǀ “Paco Pomet, el pintor granaíno que expone con Banksy”

CATALOG
“CONTRA LA INERCIA”. Catálogo de la exposición. Palacio de los Condes de Gabia. Granada, 2012.

Grants
Residencies

2005
Colegio de España. Ministry of Cultural Affairs. París. France.

1999-2000
Spanish Academy, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Rome, Italy
Fortuny Scholarship, Spanish Consulate in Venice, Italy

Collections
Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Madrid, Spain
Spanish Academy, Rome, Italy
Santander Museum of Fine Arts, Spain
IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art), Spain
Colecciōn Solo, Madrid, Spain

 


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