Ignacio Iturria

Marlborough | Midtown

IGNACIO ITURRIA'S CHARACTERS ARE NOT SO MUCH PAINTED as built out of paint; smeared browns, umber, and drab typically run up against blush and pastel flesh forms in sometimes inches-thick globs. It's as if murky roils of brackish cloud, grime, and earth had congealed in varied textures to form the artist's animals, leaky faucets, airplane-dotted skies, moldering furniture, and figures. These paintings can be enjoyed on many levels: A graceful sophistication underlies their vastly playful surfaces. The near-abstraction of his blotchy characters combined with a quirky symbolism invite a spiritual interpretation while also evoking comic, private associations. Resonant with creation mythology, Iturria's imagery includes as much fun as pathos, as much fecundity as poverty, as much life as decay.

In some works, brief narratives are presented in comic strip–like compositions, as in Noche Feliz (

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