San Diego

Raul Guerrero

David Zapf Gallery

Until recently, the paintings of Raul Guerrero have been light, whimsical, stagey, and somewhat forgettable. Although they shone with sensuous brilliance, the seemed to lack conviction. The new paintings and drawings demonstrate a marked change. They focus on a segment of the night life of Tijuana; the bars and bordellos from the poor people’s barrios. Guerrero renders his images with a loose, generalized style; the compositions are simple and centrally focused, with uncomplicated action. He employs a fauvist palette, working in flat planes of single hues, rarely mixed. Somehow, Guerrero’s use of color is both brash and refined, a quality that adds impact to the work and gives it an otherworldly, after-hours theatricality. At times, each figure in the paintings looks as if it has been lit individually with different gels or stage lights—one orange, one red, one green.

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