Los Angeles

Juan Brotat

Galerie de Ville

Com­bining archaistic forms with symbolic subject matter, Brotat’s paintings look “primitive” but they lack the naive art­ist’s rhythmic consistency and narra­tive clarity. A Catalan who inherited by temperament and proximity the icon­ic stylization of the Spanish Roman­esque, Brotat has adopted a dripping brush technique to paint these self­-consciously votive images. The resultant tapestry-like texture is in conflict with the way Brotat disorganizes his pictures; the figures seem to be appliquéd to a patched background. In spite of their limited esthetic quality, the works retain a homegrown Spanish charm.

Rosalind G. Wholden