Patent from October 28th to December 30th | 10am-6pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
Location: Lagos Cultural Center – Exhibition Room 1
Org.: CM Lagos
Opening on October 27th.
“Luís Lemos’ universe presents a mythological journey of emotional moments. Each moment is revealed in a body, a posture, a face. The image of the painting is born from the fusion of these three elements and their unitary synthesis creates the mystical parameter, specific to each work.”
Luís Lemos presents a strongly sensual and engaging path and aesthetics around the human body. His painting assumes a connection to “wild neo-expressionism” and “bad-painting”, an American figurative painting trend from the 1970s, classified by critic and curator Marcia Tucker.
With works produced from 1983 to the present and jumping from one aesthetic line to another, Luís Lemos paints large patches with primary paints in which color becomes the structuring form of balance in each painting, assuming with coherence and audacity an uncomplex, irreverent language. and even some disregard for the canons of good taste, in which the deformation of the figure is intentional and not a technical incompetence on the part of the artist.
Curated by Alexandra Silvano, this exhibition aims to promote a «culture for all», encourage the public’s curiosity about the content presented and also create emotional ties with the Centro Cultural de Lagos through a distinct installation. It also aims to reveal this unique universe, materialized in an exhibition with recent as well as older works, thus establishing a dialogue within the possible retrospective, covering various moments of the artist’s creation. The most recent works to be presented, painted since 2016, have as their theme the everyday landscape – the Sea.
The Sea is the Origin, Life and Fecundity. A source of inspiration and reflection for the artist, it is a stage that reveals stories and myths of our Portuguese nationality, a symbol of sailors with an adventurous and fearless spirit who set out to discover new worlds.
Alexandra Silvano was born in 1967 in Lisbon. She is licensed by IADE in Interior Architecture and General Equipment. In 1993 she began collaborating at the Portuguese Screen Printing Center, where she took on the coordination and planning of Special Projects. At the same time, and in partnership with António Prates, they created the António Prates Contemporary Art Gallery, aimed at the international art market, exhibiting leading artists. It is within the scope of graphic design that she is the author of several catalogues, books and communication media relating to exhibitions held in galleries, museums and the Portuguese Screen Printing Centre. He taught in public education for 4 years, in the area of Arts, such as the António Arroio School, and was also a guest jury for the PAP (Professional Aptitude Tests) of the Art and Design and Screen Printing Courses, at Casa Pia in Lisbon, for 7 years. . She has organized and curated several exhibitions in museums, foundations and art galleries such as: “Provas Dadas / Portuguese Screen Printing Center” at Palácio Egipto, in Oeiras (2013); “Regards sur le Portugal” at FondationCDG, in Rabat, Morocco (2014); “The Reality of the Imaginary”, which took place simultaneously in 7 museums in the center of the country in partnership with DRCC (2015); Solo exhibition by Gabriel Garcia at Joao Gallery in Paris (2015); 1/81 – 30YEARS/CPS at the Côa Museum (2015); exhibition “Profondeurs Océaniques” by Luís Lemos at Palácio Egipto, in Oeiras (2016); “Grandes Mestres” exhibition at Feira Intercasa, in Lisbon (2016); exhibition “Água/Pedra” by Sandra Baia and João Francisco Vilhena at the Côa Museum (2017); exhibition “In the Labyrinths I Invented”, Museu do Côa (2019) in Vila Nova de Foz Côa. For the last 6 years she has taken on the artistic direction of the CPS, establishing contact with artists and selecting the works to be published by the Center. She is responsible for exhibitions held in the CPS galleries and other spaces. She is the author of architectural projects in the area of rehabilitation of buildings, commercial and residential spaces.