Artist profile

Francisco Gutierrez

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Francisco A. Gutierrez born in Chile in 1963, now based in London, trained as an architect from the Northern Catholic University in Chile, he came to London in 2004 where he has been working as an architectural assistant and capturing his own experiences and impressions of London through his sketches and watercolours whose main theme has been urban landscape. For some years he has been focused in doing a collection of paintings to capture the disappearing world of the old traditional pubs of London. The techniques of

sketch and watercolour are the most familiar to the artist and it also allows to him to have a very close experience with the places. Now the artist is coming back to work with acrylic and canvas as well. At the present, he is working parallel in CAD design and handmade illustrations of interiors, also working with new collections of paintings, one called Fantasies, where he works dream and play with the iconic images, backgrounds, and buildings of London.

Other collection is inspired for the impression of a wet city, its weather and atmosphere; and also exploring portraits in a more spiritual or esoteric way.

At the present his artistic practice is not engaged with any specific style, media or subject. He paints what he wants to paint. He is enjoying making the paintings, and every work is time of meditation and a unique experience for him. What you see there in any painting is only a small percentage of the experience.

Some years ago, Francisco was interested in the disappearing world of English pubs and he made about 40 watercolour paintings of London's pubs. Thirty five of these paintings were exhibited in the Hall Library at the Barbican in July 2013. The artist paints these iconic buildings to show their beautiful traditional architecture, their customers, ornaments and style. Each one is unique and they are portrayed surrounded by the drama of the London light, seasons and new buildings. He paints what he sees and his intention is to keep a record of places which are ingrained in the culture. These images are recorded into our collective memories, full of emotions, experiences and reminiscences.

In August and September 2013 after the exhibition in the Hall Library at the Barbican, Francisco exhibited in the City of Split in Croatia in the exhibition hall of the main library there as well. In this opportunity the artist shown watercolour paintings of Split city; place which the artist has been permanently visiting. He was member of Islington Art Society from 2009 to 2017 exhibiting with the group permanently. On 2017 Francisco exhibited again in the Hall of the Barbican Library in this time showing a retrospective of his work.