44-146 New Bond Street
9th March to 20th April, 2019
Halcyon Gallery is proud to present a new exhibition by contemporary Spanish artist, Pedro Paricio, Paricio • Picasso. Over two years in the making, this seminal exhibition sees Paricio take up the gauntlet through new paintings, sculptures, works on paper and print, that are both a dialogue with and a homage to one of the greatest artists in history, Pablo Picasso.
Paricio takes his inspiration from David Sylvester’s provocation ‘Picasso is the one to beat, Picasso is the fastest gun in the West, the one every budding gunfighter has to beat to the draw in order to prove himself’ (David Sylvester, About Modern Art: Critical Essays, 1948-1996, 1997)
Seeing Picasso as inspiration, artistic idol and mentor, Paricio has crafted an intriguing and captivating exchange with one of the fathers of modernism.
‘I like to think there’s a torch that’s passed on from one artist or generation to another. We inherit the fire from our predecessors and duly bequeath that fire to our successors’
Pedro Paricio, 2018
Paricio is known for his bold and dynamic use of colours that mesmerise and entice his audience’s senses, transporting them into the artist’s world. Building on the success of his critically acclaimed Dreams (2016) exhibition, Paricio returns to a familiar theme explored his inaugural Halcyon exhibition, Master Painters (2011), firmly establishing his artist lineage in the appropriation and re- interpretation of past masters. This time he sets his sights on the artist he describes as the ‘monster of modern art’, Picasso.
‘He’s the father figure I wish to confront … In art, it’s not a question of defeating anyone … that competition is always “with” another artist rather than “against” him.’
Pedro Paricio, 2018
The series approaches some of Picasso’s most influential artworks, including those from the blue and rose periods, cubism; classicism; surrealism; the recognisable image of Marie-Thérèse; the war years and landscapes. Paricio approaches the master’s work through a dazzling array of hues, which have become the young Spanish artist’s signature style.
One of the pinnacles of the series is Paricio’s undertaking of the momentous Guernica. This famous anti-war masterpiece is one of Picasso’s most recognised paintings. Paricio began his approach in 2017, the 80th anniversary of the bombing of the town of Guernica. A symbol of social and political freedom and the terrors of war, this masterpiece still provides a mirror for the issues of today. Paricio configures his response to the work by deconstructing the painting into seven different vignettes. By focussing on certain characters from Picasso’s narrative, Paricio draws the viewer’s attention to their individual struggles and highlights their particular roles in the epic drama.