Off with His Head

700.00

2019
Marker and pen on paper glued to table and varnished
Unique piece
50 x 40 cm

60 x 50 cm  framed

Only 1 left in stock

joaquin rodriguezJOAQUÍN RODRÍGUEZ (Madrid, Spain, 1985)             

Joaquín Rodríguez has a degree in Architecture, and his relationship with drawing developed naturally from the habit of copying to learn. He currently does freelance advertising work for agencies like El Ruso de Rocky, Contrapunto BBDO and Estrés and clients such as Mahou brewers, Penguin Random House, Atlético de Madrid football club and Amnesty International.

He participated in Affordable Art Brussels (2014) and other fairs and exhibited at venues like Espacio Camarote and the Madrid Architects’ Association (COAM) before deciding to focus almost exclusively on his personal artistic production, accepting commissions such as the mural project for the Salmón Gurú cocktail bar, owned by celebrated bartender Diego Cabrera, in 2016.

Rodríguez draws everything he sees and does it superbly: at times he copies reality, and at others he adds a twist to the characters he portrays, working on a more photorealistic than realistic plane and using line drawing that highlights the face to send us a message we can’t quite make out but which never fails to grab our attention.

His architectural training is apparent in every work, for he is a master of drawing and of the void, recreating forms we all see but which are actually empty spaces in a flawless conjugation of image and geometry. Intense lighting, contrast and gesture in perfect spatial and conceptual harmony.

Description

The notion of the essence of evil being manifested in the female form is as old as history itself. From Eve, who stands accused of ruining what could have been an eternal idyllic existence or Pandora, custodian of a box that contained all the evils of humanity that she just couldn’t help herself but to open in order to spread those ills across the world. That could be considered mean. Or just plain bad. As Lux Interior of The Cramps once warned us “All Women Are Bad”.

There are no more mean gods or humans portrayed in popular culture and beyond than the female of the species. The bad girl is engraved in the consciousness as myth and continues to be represented by combining fear and terror with fascination and attraction.

La Fiambrera celebrates its FIFTH anniversary and the arrival of 2020 with a traditional annual group show that celebrates the bad girl. Thirty international artists bring together the strongest , most feared, most hated yet cool characters that inhabit this universe. Some well known meanies such as Maleficent, Bette Davis, Cruella DeVille and The Queen of Hearts rub evil shoulders with new figures created specifically for this special occasion by the twisted minds of their creators.

Roll up and feast your eyes on these dangerous but captivating dames. You know you want to.