PEP SALLÉS "Mediterranean"

From June 19 to July 31, 2014

Pep Sallés (Sabadell, 1956), painter, designer and scenographer, studied Art and Design at the Eina School in Barcelona and has been part of the popular magazine of art and poetry Eczema. Sallés has worked as a professor of interior design at the Terrassa’s  School of Applied Arts  and has made numerous sets for the main theaters in Catalonia.
Within his pictorial aspect, the artist has created a spontaneous and heterogeneous work with a simple and harmonic language, where geometric shapes predominate in a space and perspective related to color.

While his first solo at ÀMBIT (2002) showed paintings  based on his  "invented landscapes", the work that we present now emerge from his travels around the limits of the Mediterranean. The  artist approaches a landscape of freedom, he soaks in its colors and questions the foundations of the world and humanity. Sallés represents a thousand times "the house" as the center of this world,  as a reflection of the universe as a unity, a whole; the house as a space and symbol of man and the Mediterranean.



From June 19 to July 31, 2014

Lluís Clapés (Sabadell, 1945),  began his studies at the School of Arts and Crafts in his hometown, continuing them in Faenza (Italy) and Sunderland (England). He was also a disciple of the ceramist Josep Raja Brull.
In 1968 he visited Paris and got to know the work of Brancusi, who inspired  his conception of the "endless column". A year later, in 1969, he made his first solo exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts of Sabadell and at its biennial, from the same year, he won the first prize. In 1977 he received the first prize Manises City and was invited to the International Ceramics Symposium at La Borne (France).
Clapés has devoted much of his career to research formal volumes in stoneware and porcelain to later introduce a schematic where realist motifs of animals and plants, create a sense of freedom and primitivism.

In this new exhibition at ÀMBIT, the artist presents columns and glasses that offer the nudity and austerity of soil. With an unusual personality, Clapés plays with sculptural forms that transcend space and permeates his work with the colors of nature. In his hands pottery becomes a sensible manifestation where technical perfection has expression levels.

The work of Clapés can be found at the Art Museum of Sabadell (Barcelona), the National Museum of Ceramics Manises (Valencia),  the Ceramics Museum of Argentona (Barcelona), the Museum of Matagalpa (Nicaragua), the Art Museum Castelli (Italy), the Foundation for Contemporary Art Carlsburg (Denmark) and La  Borne Ceramic Museum (France).