Infos Zur Person
Schwerpunkte der künstlerischen Arbeit
Persönliches / Vita
IKER GARCÍA BARRENETXEA
1979, San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain.
"I´ve been drawing ever since I remember. It´s
something natural on me, although I´d discover my
real passion for painting and the use of colour at
my second year at Facultad de Bellas Artes,
At the age of 21 Iker decided to move to London,
just after his first ever show in Santander. In
2003 he showed large format colourful paintings in
London for the first time while he was selling
T-shirts with daring drawings at Spitalfields
Market. In 2003 he also did a limited edition of
screenprints on paper. Exhibitions in London
include group show "I Dreamt in th City" at The
Mall Galleries in 2004. While in London friendship
with artists Alessia Avellino (¨"The Hugh Casson
Drawing Prize" at the Royal Academy Summer
Exhibition 2004), and Francisco Centoffanti
(Carroll Foundation Award 2003) has been
supportive for Iker´s approach to painting.
In 2005 Iker embarked on an interesting project
in collaboration with the Spanish musician Arbol
(Miguel Marín) exhibited in Barcelona and San
Sebastian mixing music and painting: "Inside Out.
Lines as a device to exteriorize the rhythms
guided by emotions". He worked in his studio in
Barcelona for nine months for International
Festival of Contemporary Art in Barcelona VII
Edition in 2006 before returning to London where
he converted a warehouse in Hackney Wick with
three other friends and where he now lives and works.
In December 2008 Iker presented his lasted
reflection of the delicate situation of beaches at
the launch event of Corona Save the Beach in
London, painting on canvas during the event and
amongst the 700 invited guests.
Iker has also worked on many street scenes of the
East End on oil on canvas. "I believe colour is a
very powerful way of expresing when I paint. When
I arrived to London I felt very atracted by it´s
urban landscapes and i´ve been working on both,
outline drawings and more figurative paintings. I
see painting and drawing as different languages
but that beneffit from each other. When studying
an urban scene I observe a lot the relation
between colours. I think it is in this process
where i kind of fish the colours that I will make
of my own: my palete. Through outline drawings i
work on spontaneousity and rhythm. I like to
challenge myself to express within few lines."
May 03 IKER´S COLOURS. LONDON SOHO.
Jan 04 I DREAMT IN THE CITY.THE MALL GALLERIES. LONDON PALL MALL.
INSIDE OUT Combining painting works by Garcia Barrenetxea and music
Jun 05 U-TUPI. BARCELONA.
Jan 06 NOVENTA GRADOS. SAN SEBASTIAN.
Jun 06 OPEN STUDIOS AT TALLER CAMINAL BARCELONA.
Nov 06 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN
BARCELONA VII EDITION. NIU BCN.
Aug 08 HACKNEY WICKED ART FESTIVAL LONDON. Open Studios.
Dec 08 CORONA SAVE THE BEACH PARTY LONDON. Painting
performance at the party.
Ausbildung / Beruf