The Elkon Gallery, Inc. is pleased to present a new group of paintings and works on paper by the Spanish artist Lluís Lleó. Based in New York since 1989 Lleó’s work is included in many important private collections as well as museums such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, in Spain and the Nagoya Art Museum in Japan, among others.
Robert Hughes, the acclaimed art critic comments on Lleó, “ He is an extremely deliberate artist whose work is hospitable to chance, but does not seek it. As a result, he is not afflicted by one of the most irritating characteristics of some late modernist art, a rhetoric of false spontaneity. You know that what’s there on the surface is meant to be there, and this breeds a degree of confidence in the work. If there is one word that recurs often in conversation with him, it’s “authenticity” – meaning truth to self, deliberation, no feigned emotions, no excess.”
Lleó’s use of traditional Chinese ink with strong colors demonstrates his ability to bring an ancient technique into a contemporary context. “There is an excellent chance that, when we look back on him 20 years from now, we will think of his emergence as comparable in importance to that of early Tàpies, so long ago.”, Robert Hughes 2002