THE LIGHT OF VALENCIA
"When I think about what best identifies Valencia for me, it's La Luz.
The Light of Valencia is very special.
It is unique, it is powerful, it is very luminous, it is vitamin, it is sometimes blinding, but it is always optimistic, cheerful, clean and also excessive, explosive, in winter it caresses you and in summer it burns you.
Maybe it's because Valencia is in the middle of a gulf, the sea enters the land caressing the waves the sand of the infinite beach. From Vinaroz to Denia. From Orihuela to the delta of the Ebro.
The sea is a giant puddle, a mirror that reflects that powerful light.
It's as if the whole territory was a film set permanently lit by thousands of blinding spotlights.
The Light and the Landscape.
Drawing cities and towns, roads and country houses, apartments and beaches, balconies and windows.
It is the landscape of an orchard harassed by the city, corners of anonymous streets, national roads and rural roads.
Beaches occupied by crowds, coves with families soaking among the rocks.
Always trying to find poetry to horror, urban disaster, look fondly at a landscape that you want because it has seen you grow.
They are those pines and those dunes that balconies those blinds those facades those roundabouts ...
It is a landscape that you love and above all you understand because you have it embedded in your skin even if you do not want it.
Traveling the world you try to understand and appropriate other landscapes by drawing them.
One day you come back through these lands and everything is so close and so beautiful for me that you have no choice but to redraw it one more time.
Javier Mariscal. October 2018
Javier Mariscal returns to Pepita Lumier for the second time with a new exhibition "La luz de Valencia", the look that stands out most of our city and what he has decided to dedicate this show to. Light is joined by the landscape, which also pays tribute showing its beauty but also brutality, as the corralled garden, without forgetting the everyday life of families on the beach, chamfers and shutters.
The exhibition has been worked following the landscape and the light from north to south of our Region and will be reflected in watercolors and large-scale works made on dibond. "La luz de Valencia" may be visited from Friday, November 16, 2018 to January 5, 2019.
His work, after having been exhibited over the years in numerous galleries and museums and having participated in international art fairs, can be found in collections such as La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, Ricard Collection in Paris, Aigües Collection in Barcelona, IVAM in València, MOMA in New York and in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There is no doubt that "La luz de València" is a great opportunity to see his most recent artistic project.