The Bové Way
By | Erika Hansen
Abstract art has been mocked, criticized and demeaned, as child’s play, a lucky mistake or the result of poor artistic skills. Maybe you have heard someone say, or even said yourself, while viewing abstract art, “I could do that,” or worse, “anyone can do that,” as if the piece required nothing more than carelessly flinging paint. Yet, these ideas couldn’t be further from the truth. It is true that there is a lot of bad abstract art being produced in this world, which fits that description, which unfortunately, taints people’s opinion of all abstract work.
The sculptor Constantine Brancusi said, “That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things.” Abstract art is far more complex than just splatters of color on a canvas. It is communicating the unexplainable, the fundamental nature of life. It is not an artist’s mistake, an excuse for inability to create something else; it is the artist’s choice, to paint from within rather than the physical world, which they observe. Jackson Pollock, an artist crucial in paving the way for modern abstract artists, said, “Today painters do not have to go to a subject matter outside of themselves. Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within.”
Painter Quim Bové is an ideal example of an artist who embodies the inner energy of the human soul in his work. Born in the Catalonia region of Spain, home to the likes of Picasso, Miro and Dali, art and its essence may be in his blood. However, he seems to take his art to a whole new level. When looking at his work, you can almost feel the movement, the energy of the piece. It stirs your soul and moves you to the very core. Its eye catching motion and intriguing composition reel you in, leaving you lost in a world created by its maker. It is his very soul, his life’s search to capture the elusive essence of human nature that he spills onto each and every canvas. Such is true with his painting, “Red Time.” The splashes of paint, speckled across the canvas, the fluid, intertwining motions and layers of texture, paint and resin, all create a depth that transcends the two-dimensional form of the painting.
From the very beginning, Bové was painting and it was from an early age that his life as an artist began to develop. At the age of eleven, he recalls a time while attending the School for the Arts in Spain, seeing the older boys painting with oil and carving wood and the excitement it gave him; the kind of excitement he describes as the “vibrations” of the moment. It is these same vibrations that create the energy and liveliness of his paintings today.
However, the most pivotal moment in his artistic career, occurred in 1996, when he chose to move to the U.S, more specifically, to the desert of Arizona. The process of moving to a new nation required determination, with countless visits to the US Embassy and everything that went with moving his wife and children to a new place. However, the decision was easy, “I knew something was waiting for me. I had faith in myself.” Having always been intrigued by earthworks and land-art he had seen by other artists in the desert, he knew it was the place where his art would find new life. “There is something spiritual in the desert.” It was in Arizona, that his art made the shift from a conceptual style, to masterpieces of abstract.
Still, Bové’s distinct, highly impressionistic abstract style did not form overnight, or as the result of a happy mistake. It emerged over time, from within him, a conscious choice to focus his compositions on the energy and heart of life. His art began with classicism, learning from the artists of the Renaissance and their techniques and styles. As he investigated over the years, little by little, tried new ideas, new techniques and new uses for his medium, his subject matter gradually grew deeper and deeper, painting further from within himself, locating the very core of nature itself.
As Bové describes it, abstract art is a mental-scape. “When I paint, I see everything as shifting around me… The root of inspiration is always the relationship that humans have with the universe. It is this dialogue that fuels me when I work.” When painting, he captures his own relationship with the universe, the pain, joy and energy of life. He sees it as a “choreography of paint.” It dances throughout the canvas, bringing to light our complex relationship with the universe.
Yet, part of what makes the work of Quim Bové so expansive and timeless, is that he paints from his heart; he paints the story he loves. “I am a very genuine painter… There is a little bit of me in every painting.“ Although year to year his style may change and evolve, led by new inspirations and emotions, it always remains identifiable as a Bové original. “I arrived at a point that I didn’t look anymore to technique as a main purpose… Today, I’m more worried about creating a calligraphy, my own calligraphy, about my feelings.”
This year, painting with brighter, bolder colors, Bové has created paintings that reach out and grasp you, enveloping you in the mastery of technique and emotion. When stating his goal in creating, he says, “I want the viewer to interact with my art.” He uses the reflective surface of the resin because he, “want[s] the viewer in the painting, it creates the dialogue.” Now, as the viewer, it is your turn to free your mind, see yourself in the paint and feel the energy, the emotion and the unspoken stories each piece has written within their brush strokes.
Bove’s show will open on Thursday, April 18, 2013 and there will be an artist reception from 6-9pm. His show will hang through May 7, 2013. To see all of Bove’s avaliable works, please visit our website, or click on the following link to view the PDF of his complete 2013 show catalog: QuimBoveTimeless2013