53-year-old Spanish artist Fernando Velazquez is an unsuspecting character. His appreciation of light echoes that of a 19th-century landscapist, but there’s a contemporary flare. He layers and manipulates oil paint in earthy hues to create a semi-abstract whirlwind that errs on the fantastical – most of his paintings could easily be mistaken for the compositions of a contemporary Turner.
Fernando grew up in Seville, Spain before spending a year in Los Angeles and, eventually, landing in London more than two decades ago. He’s now based in Dorset with his wife and children and has his 12th UK solo exhibition just around the corner, following exhibitions throughout Europe and the USA.
David Lolly Gallery, who primarily host pop-up exhibitions throughout the UK, are taking Fernando to East Molesey, Surrey for two weeks at the end of the month, to take over artist-run Fountain Gallery. ‘In the beginning’ is the exhibition, which will run from 28 May – 9 June 2019.
The subject matter of the upcoming exhibition matches its title as Velazquez looks to beginnings; creation, geology, childhood and relationships. Bursts of light crack through valleys and reflect on tremendous oceans, eruptions envelop the landscape and, sometimes, there’s an unsettling clarity, reflective of hours spent staring out at the ocean on a starry night.
'We're incredibly excited to be giving Fernando a solo exhibition. It’s a phenomenal collection of work created specifically for Molesey that is quintessentially Velazquez,' says David Lolly’s Director, Daniel Dunt. 'We may only have a two-week slot, but we aim to make an impact. Seeing the ethereal works up close is an experience – I urge you to come and enjoy them for yourself.’
'In the beginning' runs from 28 May - 9 June 2019 at Fountain Gallery, 26 Bridge Road, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9HA with free entry. Find out more at www.fountaingallery.co.uk
Image: ‘Tapio’ (2018), oil on canvas, 60 x 120cm, David Lolly Gallery www.davidlollygallery.com