THE ART OF GABRIEL PICART

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"An earthen bowl with apples and brown paper... a moment of contemplation on a terrace under the warm Mediterranean sun... a woman alone in a white dress on a golden stretch of sand... Gabriel Picart is a special kind of painter. It would be enough if he were only a classic realist with a reverence for the human form, masterful technique and a repertoire of timeless images of exquisite beauty and grace. The true magic of his art comes from within, from the profound personal investment he makes in each and every painting before it leaves his studio. In an increasingly frenetic and complicated world, few of us make life worth living. Thank you Gabriel Picart for sharing your world with us."

Kevin Zweyer Anderson

President of Anderson Galleries LLC, Beverly Hills, California.  Member of the Appraisers Association of America.

FINE ART GALLERY

All images are copyright of Gabriel Picart. Reproduction without his permission is unlawful.

SUMMARY FIGURE I FIGURE II URBAN LANDSCAPE STILL LIFE CLOSE-UPS

You Tube Picart

Watch a compilation of Picart's paintings in video format. Best viewed at 1080p HD in Full Screen mode. Soundtrack is Erik Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1, Lent et douloureux.

 

 'HOW I MAKE A PAINTING'

Picart was invited by the prestigious International Artist magazine to be the artist from Spain in issue #38 (August 2004). A description of the specifics of his technique was included in the feature article on him, under the title “ART IN THE MAKING - Achieving an impersonal ideal of beauty”.

 

 

ART 2013

BIOGRAPHY

Gabriel Picart considers himself a realist painter, working realistically though not photographically. Although his paintings of urban landscapes and still lifes have garnered big praise, his main love is the human figure.

Gabriel Picart was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1962, where he still lives and works. He began a successful art career at the early age of twenty when he started working as an illustrator throughout Europe, and shortly thereafter for the major publishing houses and advertising agencies in the United States and Canada. Since 1996, Picart paints full time and no longer makes illustration commissions. 

His paintings have been on display at some of the most recognized galleries in the US, and have attracted special attention of noteworthy collectors around the world. Nowadays, they are in private collections in Spain, USA, Germany, Canada, China, Taiwan, New Zealand, Mexico, Emirates, Russia, and UK. In the mid-2000s, California publisher Fingerhut Group published and distributed limited editions of some of his works, popularizing them among a wider variety of collectors.

Picart's work has been featured worldwide. In 2004, he was the first artist from Spain ever featured in International Artist magazine. More recently, he got the honor to be the artist featured in the art and design section of the October-November 2013 edition of Gulf Connoisseur of Dubai, the premier lifestyle magazine of the Gulf region.

In 2012, Gabriel Picart was one of the two International Master Artist specially invited by the organizers of Art Revolution Taipei in its second edition, leading the group of Spanish painters to take part the following years.

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PHILOSOPHY

"My paintings are in a pure realistic style, not hyper-realistic, and the imitation of reality is only apparent. This is where the true magic in painting is to be found for me." — GP

"Of special interest to me is the Painting Art scene which took place from the mid-nineteenth century to the beginning of this last one. I am thinking of painters such as Alma-Tadema, Bonnat, Carolus-Duran, Lord Leighton, Gérôme, Bougeureau, Sargent, Fortuny, Waterhouse, Cabanel, and many others who were part of it. It is unfortunate that this group has been somewhat overlooked by critics and historians in favor of the Impressionist movement. But one thing for certain about the artists named above: in the technique of drawing and painting they were second to none. I consider myself within their tradition, and like they did, I strive to achieve a balance between line, color and texture, in that order of importance." — GP

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ILLUSTRATION ART (1980-1996)*

(*) Since 1996, Picart no longer makes illustration commissions; he paints full time. Gabriel Picart signed his illustration works Gabriel.

"Unusually beautiful illustrations, full of authentic detail…" the New York Times' review on "The Door in the Wall", A Dell / Yearling Book (1990).

On left, the prophet Ahijah rips his garment to foretell Jeroboam’s rise to power over the ten northern tribes of Israel (detail) - "Who’s Who in the Bible", Reader’s Digest (1994).

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ARC

Picart's work accepted for inclusion in the Art Renewal Center as an ARC Associate Living Master™. August 2016 

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Gabriel Picart has got the honor to be the artist featured in the art and design section of the October-November 2013 edition of  Gulf Connoisseur magazine. Published in Dubai, Gulf Connoisseur is the premier lifestyle magazine of the Gulf region.

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A painting by Picart is the cover of the first issue of Post-Modern Times, the journal of aesthetics and art history. This journal is dedicated to highlighting the work of the most gifted contemporary artists and exploring the aesthetic ideas that they address. March 2013

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The welcome page of the New York ARTEXPO 2006 displayed a painting by Picart. The NY ARTEXPO is the world's largest fine art fair.

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The 'July-August 2004' issue of International Artist magazine featured an article by Gabriel Picart. In each bi-monthly issue, International Artist magazine takes you inside the studios of the world's best artists.

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NEWS

BBC 

Gabriel Picart has taken part in a documentary on some European cities for the BBC. He was interviewed regarding one of his main concerns, the mass tourism. In Picart's opinion, the tourist industry is indiscriminately flooding historical cities, doing little or nothing to help preserve these destinations for future generations. July 2016

Group Exhibit in China

Two successful group shows in mainland China, together with some of the foremost figurative Spanish painters of today. They took place at the Global Culture Center of Hangzhou, in April, and at the Yiwu Xuefeng Art Museum, in May. All paintings were sold. April & May 2016

Moscow View

In Moscow for the making of a portrait painting, commissioned by Mishin Fine Arts of San Francisco, California. May 2016

ART 2016

"Fifth year in a row attending Art Revolution Taipei, the first two as a guest artist, and the last three assisting my wife Rosa in ART-BCN. I love Taiwan." GP, April 2016

Barcelona Atelier

Speech about Realism, Color, Professionalism in Art, and others, at the art academy Barcelona Atelier. December 2015

Barcelona TV

Small interview on Barcelona TV about the old times of the Park Güell. The little kid on the photos is Gabriel. In Catalan Language. — October 2015

Nutre Magazine

Interview at Nutre Magazine. In Spanish. — July 2015

The Current

Interviewed by Piya Chattopadhyay for "The Current", of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Gabriel Picart was the representative of Barcelona in the special program dedicated to his hometown and tourism. June 2015

International Figure Painting Competition

Picart's “Allegra’s Portrait as Ballerina” won the Silver Medal at the 2014 International Figure Painting Competition of the New Tang Dynasty Television. The judges decided not to title the Gold Medal to any piece. November 2014

Picart was honored to be the artist featured in the art and design section of the October-November 2013 edition of Gulf Connoisseur magazine. Published in Dubai, Gulf Connoisseur is the premier lifestyle magazine of the Gulf region, and is published in English, Arabic, and Russian languages. The filmmaker, painter and poet Meena Das Narayan, editor in chief of the magazine, wrote the article. October 2013

Canon asked for Picart's collaboration in the making of a catalog intended as a gift for their best customers of large format printers. The idea was to print his works on very different materials. The poet Luis Viejo has written twelve small poems based on the paintings. The handmade binding is in traditional Japanese mode, and its sizes are 46 x 30 cm. Canon has made fifty copies. September 2013.

ART 2013

Art Revolution Taipei 2013  May 3rd - 5th, 2013, Taipei, Taiwan.

Gabriel Picart was one of the two painters specially invited by the organization to participate in Art Revolution Taipei 2012. He shared the exclusive section dedicated to the international grand masters with the French painter Philippe Pasqua   March 22nd - 25th, 2012, Taipei, Taiwan.

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LINKS

  • http://www.art-bcn.com Based in Barcelona, Spain, BCN-ART represents an outstanding cast of artists. ART-BCN aims to promote abroad local artists and of the rest of Spain.

  • www.colorland.net Created, designed and maintained by Gabriel Picart, 'Colorland Network' is his personal project. It is an interactive website that teaches kids about the Art of Painting. They will enjoy an amazing tale which familiarizes them with the all time great master painters and the most important masterpieces while they play art related games on-line. 'Colorland Network' allows the kids to participate in their own education, as the site’s contests encourages them to send in student-produced educational material, promoting active self-instruction. It also encourages fine art painters, illustrators, art teachers, and art lovers in general, to share knowledge and art work to promote Painting Art among kids of all ages. But above all, 'Colorland' conveys a positive message about the values that really matter in life, such as Honesty, Self Criteria, Freedom of Speech, Responsibility, Compassion and Peace.

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Galerie du Soleil — Naples, Florida, USA.

 

SHOP

Full contact information on the galleries that carry Picart's artwork.

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An oil painting by Picart with a sculptured furniture by metal designer Silas Seandel.

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