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Paco Pomet - Melancholia

Richard Heller Gallery, Suite B5A
Exhibition dates: September 8 - October 20, 2018

Born in 1970, Granada, Spain
Lives and works in Granada, Spain 

Spanish artist Paco Pomet references the appearance of vintage photos and vast historical landscapes in his surreal oil paintings, works that offer a subtle humor from their often grayscale palette. By rendering limbs as freakishly elongated tubes and adding touches of neon green and orange, Pomet brings his images of the past into the future, hinting at a post-apocalyptic realm where humans are forced to live beside the radioactive waste that has lead to their bodies’ defects.

“The act of looking causes an excited perplexity in me. I can’t get used to anything that I see, and so nothing bores me and nothing entirely convinces me. The manifestation of the visible is renewed every instant, although the appearances and our natural tendency to safety and protection lead us to think that we have found a valid, everlasting formula to interpret the world. It seems that this formula – normally dressed as culture – is determined to be a sort of armor-plating against something that we are fascinated by and that we fear: change, uncertainty, the unknown, the future. That culture we turn to often operates as a suit of armor, sunglasses, boots, a compass, air-conditioning apparatus or an umbrella and ends up preferring to be a prosthesis that protects us from the rough weather of life’s meaninglessness.”

Paco Pomet Pomet’s work has recently been in public exhibitions such as Juxtapoz x Superflat, curated by Takashi Murakami and Evan Pricco (Editor-in-Chief, Juxtapoz Magazine) at both the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG), Canada, 2016/2017 and Pivot Art & Culture, Seattle, 2016. His work was also prominently featured in DISMALAND, Bemusement Park, curated by Banksy, in Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom in 2015, and Paco Pomet, his solo exhibition at The Baker Museum, Artis- Naples, Florida in 2015/2016 (the first retrospective museum exhibition of Pomet’s work in the United States). Pomet will have his fourth solo exhibition at Richard Heller Gallery, which opens on September, 2018.

Pomet received a Fine Arts Degree from the University of Granada, Spain, in 1993 and graduated from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 2004.

Pomet’s work is in the permanent public collections of the Spanish Academy, Rome, Italy; Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Spain; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spain; IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art), Spain; Mariano Yera Collection, Spain; DKV Collection, Spain; Santander Museum of Fine Arts, Spain; École d´Art Aix en Provence, France; and Fine Arts Museum. Tetouan, Morocco.

Paco Pomet
Levante - Poniente, 2018
Oil on canvas
130 x 170 centimeters