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09 Oct 2019

Esteban Vicente

Jerald Melberg Gallery

Reviewed by Andy Gambrell

A luminous exhibition of eighteen lyrical paintings and collages by Esteban Vicente is on view at Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte. Dynamic impastoed works from the 1960s juxtapose with cool paintings from the 1990s that present glowing color in timeless compositions.

In many of the works from the Nineties, such as Evocation (1995), floating shapes with nonchalantly scruffy edges hover over warm, neutral backgrounds. An almost chalky finish on the paint allows colors to glow from within the canvases. The floating hues would be as much at home in a sublime sunset as in a bowl of sherbet.

Vicente's careful control of the scale of forms relative to the size of the canvases results in monumental presence. In Ideal Forms (1999), negative ochre spaces within a rectangular lavender form become positive masses because of deftly placed marks modeling the contours. This impulsive playfulness serves as a perfect counterpoint to Vicente's poetic gravitas.

Exhibition Esteban Vicente
Start date 14 Sep 2019
End date 02 Nov 2019
Presenter Jerald Melberg Gallery link
Venue 625 South Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte, NC, USA map
Image Esteban Vicente, Ideal Forms, 1999, oil on canvas, 52 x 42 inches, photo courtesy of Jerald Melberg Gallery

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