Review from his exhibition at I Leonarte Gallery in Valencia May 2004
Magazine: LA CLAVE
Print run: 60,000 copies
Publication date: 2-8 July 2004
The Imaginary World of Lázaro Ferré
Superimposed elements dominate his work
An exhibit of the work of Catalan painter José Luis Lázaro Ferré will be on display at the Galería i Leonarte in Valencia until 14 July 2004. Ferré’s works are full of diversified shapes and superimposed visual configurations that reappear in different paintings to create not only a universe that is at once imaginary and real, but also emotional ties that charge the work with poetic atmosphere. The more than twenty paintings on display include works in oil and pastel, such as “Barcelona 1”, “Barcelona 2”, “White Wine” and “Murano”.
Review from his exhibition at Maria Salvat Gallery in Barcelona May 2003
EL PERIÓDICO DE CATALUÑA
Wednesday, May 21, 2003
The clean avant-garde style of Lázaro Ferré
Maria Salvat Gallery Princesa Sofía Hotel Plaza de Pius XII, 4 Barcelona
José Luis Lázaro Ferré has an excellent feel for composition and skillfully uses sketching and color to create situations where objects float, leaving individual thought to establish hierarchies between the most varied objects. The hat represents intelligence, while the pipe and cigar embody the vitality of ideas that create styles and transmit the freshness of each moment.
Although historical avant-garde influences are present in Lázaro Ferré’s work, he is not a simple disciple, but someone who has been able to capture and blend the essence of each moment and make it his own. His stimulating paintings are characterized by their clean lines, while the apparent confusion belies an inner order. Well worth a visit.
JOSEP M. CADENA
25 February 2000
Lázaro Ferré, at the Kreisler
José Luis Lázaro Ferré is an extraordinary landscape artist who uses his artistic sensitivity to explore simplicity and his own inexhaustible creative capacity. His widely varying palette shows that his talent is growing by the day, and he is also a perfectionist because every detail in his paintings is handled with the utmost care.
Moreover, his extensive experience allows him to escape unscathed when applying and mixing colors and when producing his now characteristic chiaroscuros.
All this should draw our attention to the fact that Lázaro Ferré is one of the best artists of the moment, and entirely capable of awakening the sensitivity of his admirers. This is an unbeatable opportunity to visit the gallery and acquire art that is not only beautiful, but a good deal for the money.
Lázaro Ferré has a profound sense of order, which leads him to give priority to the harmonious structure of the composition. And he does not take the tragic route or massively pile on color, two of the frequent errors of mediocre painters. The constant dialogue between perspective, balance and compositional harmony charges his paintings with more than solid experience.
And yet his brushstrokes are free and smooth, as if he let all his wisdom softly slip into the canvas.
Lázaro Ferré. Kreisler Gallery. Calle Hermosilla 8, Madrid.
Reviews from his exhibition at the Kreisler Gallery in Madrid from February 17 to March 11, 2000
EL PUNTO DE LAS ARTES
Editor: José Pérez-Guerra
Madrid, 25 February 2000 until 11 March 2000
Lázaro Ferré and the Joy of Living
by Julián H. Miranda
Just like Matisse in his famous painting The Joy of Living, where the great French painter evokes a mythical image of the world as he wished it to be in a kind of golden age, in the paintings of José Luis Lázaro Ferré (Barcelona, 1945) there is an idea of universal harmony, whether in the figures, still lifes with or without landscape, or in his somewhat surreal compositions, with that classicist arrangement through which he manages to strike a difficult balance between lyricism and avant-garde elements that take us back to Cezanne and especially Picasso. The Catalan painter studied at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Jorge and later expanded his knowledge of mural painting and engraving. His drawing ability stood out right from the start and he won a number of prestigious awards as a young artist, including the Barcelona City Hall Award and the 14th Sala Parés Youth Painting Prize. Most of his individual exhibits have been held in Catalan cities, though he has also exhibited in Malaga, Cuenca, Logroño and Madrid. The Madrid exhibit was held 24 years ago at the Bética gallery.
Lázaro Ferré now presents about 30 pieces at the Kreisler gallery, including oils and works on paper. He once again demonstrates his warm simplicity in works such as Terrace, by placing a flower pot and fruit on a table with a spacious background that shows us a poetic and unequivocally Mediterranean Sea; The Café, a small still life with fountain pen, spectacles, pipe, black telephone, bottle, glass and oil lamp, with a small frame that provides a hint of the human presence. He does it with that subtlety in the rhythm of greys, which becomes more ironic in Still Life with Fly Swatter. His attraction to the human figure comes out again in Lovers I and II, with a woman listening to a seashell and a man playing the cello with a musicality in the blue tones that endows their bodies with considerable plastic solidity, something that comes out again in Balancing Act, an oil painting on paper with a woman, who has a Cubist air about her, standing on a horse’s back. Thanks to the steady gradation of yellows, the hard profile of her face is somehow accentuated. Musical rhythms, nature and the human figure are present in many of these works, such as The Guitar, the Cat and the Bird; Chess, Violin and Fish; Fruit with Violin and In Tune, where he displays a masterly command of the use of pastels with a violin on a round table delimiting the space. The exhibition also includes his original landscapes of Seville and Sitges, the plasticity and elegance of his somewhat Magritte-style Hats, and the incredible detail of Table with Lemons, with its fluent brushstrokes that draw out the yellows against a greyish background to create a plastic language rife with stylistic coherence.