Alberto Garcia-Alvarez

Nineties

20 JUL - 14 AUG 2021

We are proud to present an exhibition of works on paper by Alberto Garcia-Alvarez. One of the works selected dates from as early as 1963 and was created in California, ten years before he moved to New Zealand to teach at Auckland University. The others were created during the 1980s and ’90s.

“Since 1948” – Alberto writes – “I have been using brown packing paper in different ways for my paintings and preliminary cartoons for my frescos and mosaic murals.
On my arrival in NZ in 1973, and after many tests of the packaging papers available, I found the quality that I needed and bought three rolls – which I have been using to the present day.
It is a strong material, stable in tension and resists deterioration through the years. Its most important quality for me is its immediate availability without needing a stretcher or undercoating – though a stretcher or structure can be added behind the painting if needed.”

“The paintings in this show are representative of work made during the last fifty years and should not be expected to follow a process of variations, evolution or improvement through time.

They are spontaneous actions obeying the impulse of the moment.
They do not refer to anything or follow any preliminary drawing or idea.
Each is a moment of my life; this moment or that moment years ago, and they show who I am, what I feel and what I know of myself.
They may look incoherent, unrelated, capricious, poorly finished and irrelevant … unless, of course, you know me, my ways of contemplating life and making things out of it. 

Each painting is a view of my inner being at one time in my life.
Up to a point it has no reference to mental or aesthetic considerations.
A painting is a product of nature; personal nature, and as such offers to the viewer a view; a way among others to keep on finding the beauty of life with its aromas as well as its darkness; its contradictions as well as its exuberances of colour and harmonies.

We all have things in common and together we make culture.

I hope some of my paintings contribute a little to those moments that make us feel something special; maybe just to smile.”

SPECIAL EVENT
We are producing an illustrated Catalogue for the exhibition ‘Nineties’ and will launch it at the gallery on Saturday August 7th at 11am
Please join us, along with Alberto, family, and friends for coffee and refreshments!

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Nineties
July 2021
installation view

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Nineties
July 2021
installation view

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
1988-101
1988
water-based mixed media on paper
2530mm H x 1850mm W

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
1991-23
1991
water-based mixed media on paper mounted on canvas
1780mm H x 1220mm W

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
229-95
1995
water-based mixed media on paper mounted on paper
1850mm H x 1300mm W

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
163-96
1996
water-based mixed media on paper mounted on canvas
1850mm H x 1200mm W

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Nineties
July 2021
installation view

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Nineties
July 2021
installation view

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Nineties
July 2021
installation view

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
1984-X
1984
water-based mixed media on paper
1470mm H x 920mm W

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
1989-44
AGA-1989-05
water-based mixed media on paper

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Nineties
July 2021
installation view

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
1984-88
1984
water-based mixed media on paper
1250mm H x 720mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
1987-X
1984
water-based mixed media on paper
1450mm H x 900mm W (frame)

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Nineties
1984
installation view

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Nineties
July 2021
installation view

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Nineties
July 2021
installation view

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
1986-81
1986
water-based mixed media on paper
1420mm H x 1010mm W

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
In Process
1992
water-based mixed media on paper
1060mm H x 710mm W (frame)

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Nineties
July 2021
installation view

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Nineties
July 2021
installation view

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Nineties
July 2021
installation view

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
2010-41
2010
water-based mixed media on paper
860mm H x 825mm W (frame)

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
In Process
2020
water-based mixed media on paper
860mm H x 820mm W (frame)
PRIVATE COLLECTION

 

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Nineties
July 2021
installation view

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Nineties
July 2021
installation view

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Afternoon
1985
water-based mixed media on paper mounted on canvas
1990mm H x 1680mm W

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Alberto Garcia-Alvarez
Mi Jardin, Deià Mallorca
1963
collage painted tissue paper
795mm H x 1035mm W (frame)