Avec des étoiles I (1991-1997) – Focus 13

Avec des étoiles I (1991-1997) – Focus 13

With “Avec des étoiles I” (“With the stars I”) Clavé surpassed his memories, his work on New York and extended his personal universe. This work gathers together the preferred mediums of the artist: the assembling of collages, torn paper, embossing, diverse materials, drips, flat tint, and again graffiti. The spectator finds these characteristic marks and yet the work…

Une porte à New York – Focus 12

Une porte à New York – Focus 12

In October 1989, Antoni Clavé spent around ten days in New York, not for any exhibition but rather for leisure: he wanted to wander around, take photos, shoot films, and observe. This trip inspired him. After his return, he worked on a series of paintings, all grouped under the name “Vu à New York” (“Seen in New…

Abans d’acabar – Focus 11

Abans d’acabar – Focus 11

In 1986, Clavé travelled to Japan for a second time where his works were being exhibited in Tokyo, Osaka and Hakone. He found the country as fascinating as the last time he’d visited in 1972: Japan had entered a modernity that was dreamt about by the Europe of the…

Drôles de guerriers – Focus 10

Drôles de guerriers – Focus 10

In 1980 Clavé was asked to create a large-scale painting for the Barajas Airport in Madrid. The work he produced was monumental, 3 metres high by 9 metres wide, and can still be seen in Terminal 2 today. This commission was the beginning of Clavé’s taming of large-scale paintings: Triptyque (2,30 x 6m) and that above…

Don Servando et l’autre – Focus 9

Don Servando et l’autre – Focus 9

With Don Servando et l’autre the spectator enters directly into Clavé’s universe: his mid 70s figuration was getting round constraints, the composition experienced imbalances, technique and matter cast off the artistic codes then in place and there was no attempt to seduce. The canvas itself is visible, with parts left rough and…

Tela arrugada – Focus 8

Tela arrugada – Focus 8

Between 1974 and 1976 Clavé illustrated a book for bibliophiles, “La Gloire des rois” by Saint-John Perse. For this exceptional publication, Clavé worked on a pure rag Arches Velin, and combined pure embossing and illusionist trompe l’œil with a peculiar material effect thanks to carborundum. His experimentation, this particular work, would have a tremendous impact on…