Jose Bonell — Scenes from Painterhood



Jose Bonell
Scenes from Painterhood

Ends in 12 days: September 2 → October 7, 2023

Jose Bonell is a painter of fragmentary details, whose work is imbued with immense subtlety. His narratives are based around the collective imagination and infused with historical, literary and personal references. Whether dreamlike, sarcastic or simply humorous, his canvases depict scenes in which his characters are involved in a series of outlandish or bizarre acts. In a lively and fluid manner, the paint is applied to the surface in subtle brushstrokes and dabs, giving rise to discreet acts of folly, absurd situations and ambiguous moments, all emphasized by the artist’s perceptive use of atmospheric colors. Jose Bonell paints with a swift hand, seeking out with his brush the shapes and colors that form his tragi-comic images which probe the mysteries of time and space. His paintings are visual allegories of both the futility and poetry of human existence. They form a mythological universe rich in metaphor, like a vast kaleidoscopic frieze revealing a world that is the mirror image of our own.

Jose Bonell was born in Barcelona in 1989. He is a permanent resident of the Piramidón Centro de Arte Contemporáneo in the Catalan city. His works have been exhibited in numerous solo and collective shows, most notably at Various Small Fires (VSF) in Los Angeles, the Rossi Contemporary in Brussels, White Columns and The Hole in New York, Plataforma in Barcelona and The Curator’s Room in both Amsterdam and Barcelona. He was awarded the Prix Novembre in Vitry-sur-Seine, France, in 2020. Alongside Sara Bonache, he is the co-director of Unica Edicions, founded in 2020, which publishes artist’s books and objects in limited series.