This world that is falling apart, that suffers and crumbles, and yet is so beautiful... that I'm moved by an overriding desire to capture everything I feel and see. To preserve a single fleeting moment of magic. To grasp silence; a certain atmosphere; the air or the wind; emptiness; loneliness; time; tenderness and beauty...Maybe paintings are reminders of the spiritual side in us all that today's busy times made us forget. Sometimes we are surprised by our emotions in front of a landscape. Thoughts flow and link to images, lights, and colors, and, just for a few brief seconds, the daily veil vanishes, to let us glimpse one reality beyond. The light that wraps everything can even embellish our leftovers, our derelict buildings .... and becomes a common theme in all my works. It is this very same light that makes me freeze in front of a theme that I had seen one thousand times before. In the end, I no longer know whether it is an external stimulus that makes me stop, or if it is that my thoughts have found one image in which they can dwell. The theme then becomes the lower priority. Countryside or town; lansdcapes; rooms or portraits. Everything has the power to move us, and so, subjective reality becomes universal, because we are talking about feelings and not images. And we all, in our loneliness and in faraway places, can feel the same.
Eva Llorens is a Spanish artist based in Hamilton. She’s best known for her enigmatic paintings of objects, people and landscapes. There is a dreamlike quality to her paintings of beds, pillows and figures. They offer a sense of the familiar, testaments of daily existence and comfort, exquisitely executed. Llorens encourages a reflective approach and tempts you to your own visual interpretation. She received a Fine Arts Degree from Barcelona University, Spain. Eva's work has been subjecting to solo exhibitions in Spain, France, the US, and recently in NZ. Utilising the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi, Eva Llorens paints the transient beauty and natural aging of glorious blooms. There is a timeless sense of joy and hope these floral portraits evoke. Rather than produce anatomical flower paintings, for Eva Llorens it is far more important to capture the quality, the feeling, and the spirit of the flowers. Her striking paintings symbolize a brief existence of picked plants and their fleeting beauty. The flowers are in glorious, exuberant bloom, or just past. Their furled forms animated by the abstract background of paint behind them. The surface feels still live with the artist’s touch.