Jorge Aguilar is of Spanish origin and now living in the UK and has exhibited all over the world.
JORGE AGUILAR – AGON BAgr, AEA, AAPB, FRSA
I have always been of the opinion that artists are born rather than made, being a self-taught artist, I believe that, because I was given a natural talent for artistic expression, sooner or later I would have been compelled to find an avenue to channel that creative energy. Let me qualify these statements:
I was born in Barcelona in 1936, right at the start of the Civil War, and I became the product of the religious public school system that took me to High School and University. A few years later, equipped with a degree in Agriculture, I left Spain, seeking broader horizons on a journey of self-discovery, with a baggage full of dreams, enthusiasm and determination.
Years of travelling, painting, and over a hundred individual exhibitions have built around me a very rich pattern of visual references that are bursting to be put down and expressed on the canvas. This should go some way to towards answering a well-voiced question – "where do you get your inspiration, Jorge?"
Looking back over the years I realise that it has already been a long journey, like in the case of a long-distance runner, it helps to be able to release massive amounts of energy at prescribed times. My life so far has been very intense, not to say hectic. Contrary to popular belief, this profession requires a solid mental and physical constitution. I believe that the controlled, but consistently active, release of the inner force, which can be called an inspirational flame or, simply, creative energy, assures the longevity that artists enjoy.
These days I divide my time working between the studios in London and Cambridge, with regular painting journeys throughout Europe, visiting my favourite spots, the townscapes, landscapes and seascapes of France, Italy, Holland, Spain and Greece, not forgetting the dreaded but challenging world tours.
I suppose that most artists have a favourite time of day, subject and season. I would say that for total exhilaration it should be midday summer on a Greek island and for quiet repose, an autumn afternoon on a Parisian park. Should you meet me, please come and say "hello".
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17" by 13"
Image: 16" x 12"
Outside Mount: 24" x 20"
36" by 24"
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