art that grows on you

Artist Paco Vila-Guillén

Sometimes the things you grow really fond of, have something profound in common: You might well consider them low-impact encounters at first, but then you keep finding nifty details that you must have a daily dose of.

For us it is the abstract compositions of Spanish Paco Vila-Guillén. The prolific artist finds himself in a productive flow. The kind of flow where art is the result of being in a semi-trance and letting the line take over. The artist does it as a pre-emptive therapy against the unpleasantries of modern life.

And why not? Increasingly, modern society would have us wear underwear of stainless steel and sell grannies to soap factories.

Complexity that can help create simplistic beauty in art

Vila-Guillén’s influences are odds and sods of all kinds. For example, the underlying structures of bacteria, fungi and ice crystals supply an endless source of inspiration. Of course, the art is abstract and is evidently not tied to slavish mimicry of these microscopic wonders.

my late work is mostly ink drawings and mixed media canvases with painted net layers.
It creates certain 3-dimensional- and moire effects to help ease the viewer into experiencing my work. I consider this a very important part of what I do

Paco Vila-Guillén

A fair amount of the work is monochromatic mark making. Depending on who you are, Maurits Cornelis Escher’s work would spring to mind, as would perhaps Bridget Riley’s Op art.

However, even if Vila-Guillén’s art can have the same clever intricacies, his art is far more organic and tactile. At times, it has dotty trace elements similar to those we have come to love in aboreginal art.

If you want to find out more, please visit Paco Vila-Guillén’s own blog. Then you can follow updates from the artist and practice your Spanish at the same time: