Paul Ygar­tua

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Paul Ygar­tua is an eclec­tic and multi-faceted, revo­lu­tion­ary artist. His cre­ative process has the po­ten­tial to chal­lenge and emerge into new ar­eas; the pro­found trans­for­ma­tion be­tween style and sub­ject. There is in his art the sheer in­ex­haustible power of imag­i­na­tion, the spec­trum of work be­tween ab­strac­tion and fig­u­ra­tion, a fas­ci­nat­ing jour­ney that cap­ti­vates and chal­lenges the viewer. The com­plex­ity and di­ver­sity of Ygar­tua’s cre­ations are a tes­ta­ment to his ge­nius, con­se­quently re­flected in his mas­tery and di­ver­sity of tech­niques which are as­ton­ish­ing. His in­domitable spirit and fer­vor mo­ti­vates him to change course, mov­ing from one style to the next, im­pa­tient and im­pul­sive. He does not paint

for pos­ter­ity, he is un­con­cerned about even­tual ho­mogeny in his artis­tic pro­duc­tion. Yet, it seems there is a pre­dom­i­nant guid­ing prin­ci­ple in all his cre­ations, the same mas­tery of tech­nique, the same pres­ence of colour, and an ab­surd spon­tane­ity. There is a great sen­su­al­ity and power in his work and he is ex­cep­tion­ally pro­lific; from the be­gin­ning of his ca­reer he dis­played an in­ter­est in sub­ject mat­ter of ev­ery kind. His great stylis­tic ver­sa­til­ity en­ables him to work in sev­eral medi­ums and tech­niques at the same time. Cre­ation and in­ter­pre­ta­tion are Paul’s life. His con­tin­u­ous study and work on tech­niques and paint­ing medi­ums are ap­par­ent through­out his vast body of work. Paul has sin­gle-hand­edly painted some of the largest pub­lic space mu­rals in Canada and the United States. He is com­plex in his imag­i­na­tion and ex­pres­sion, as ev­i­denced by the many styles and tech­niques he has mas­tered over the last 40 years. A brief de­scrip­tion of the art of Paul Ygar­tua is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble. He is a vi­sion­ary with an acute sen­sual per­cep­tion and a fa­cil­ity to ex­press th­ese dra­matic emo­tions with a spon­tane­ity that brings life and emo­tion to the sub­ject. This takes on many forms and many di­rec­tions to fill the needs of his deep and ex­pres­sive imag­i­na­tion. Some need fast spon­ta­neous phys­i­cal ex­pres­sion, other forms need more time and yet still cap­ture the im­pul­sive char­ac­ter of Ygar­tua. His works are ap­pre­ci­ated for their orig­i­nal­ity and in­trin­sic value and can be found in mu­se­ums, as well as cor­po­rate and per­sonal col­lec­tions world­wide.

above, Blind Al­ley, acrylic on can­vas, 48" x 48" right, Ex­po­sure, acrylic on can­vas, 48" x 60"

above, Dantes In­ferno, acrylic on can­vas, 48" x 48" right, Mys­tere Rouge, acrylic on can­vas, 39" x 55"

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