Joseba Eskubi

Born in 1967 - Spain


biography under completion

Joseba Eskubi’s works are small and introspective, built up quickly, intuitively, and with pathos. His brushwork and fluid compositions demonstrate confidence with his medium, and show him to be highly imaginative with his subjects. His working process is fast, generating a prolific, almost obsessive output.

Eskubi combines oil painting with other mixed media processes, building up layers which emphasise the material substance of the image. His soft and amorphous forms are part of a more sensorial narrative behind each work.; these forms writhe like pulsating organs from living creatures.

The work demonstrates Eskubi’s fascination with art history, especially the old Spanish masters Goya and Velasquez. Floating between abstraction and figuration, the bleak landscapes behind his subjects relate to the ‘Black’ paintings of Goya. We can also glimpse a mystical world reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch. The red, violet and rose hues within Eskubi’s work are also reminiscent of Francis Bacon and Philip Guston. These paintings remind us of their historical inspiration, without actually defining what that inspiration is.

Joseba Eskubi (b. 1967) lives and works in Bilbao, Spain, where he teaches painting at the Academy of Fine Arts (University of the Basque Country). He paints in an attic studio near the Guggenheim Museum, producing his distinctive oil paintings.

’An important part of my work is a small intervention on the paintings of others. I try to distort the borrowed forms, introducing ruptures, jets and folds. The figures twist, the colour becomes saturated ... sometimes the original image is buried under a new network of meanings.These works can be considered as collages where the scissors are replaced by the brushes themselves.’

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2017: VOLTANY,KnightWebbGallery,NewYork “Lesas de Merlo” , Galeri?a Estampa, Madrid.
2016: ”Mo", Galeri?a Esther Montoriol, Barcelona 2015: "EN PASSANT" Galeri?a Ar tdocks, Bremen.
"SACROSANCTUM", Oratorio di san Mercurio, Palermo 2013: “HIPNOSIA” Galeri?a Paula Alonso, Madrid.
2012: “INSOMNIA”. Sala Rekalde, Bilbao.
Galeri?a Alegri?a, Barcelona
La sonrisa de la Ballesta, Madrid. Conde Mirasol 1, Bilbao
2010: Galeri?a Jamete, Cuenca.
2008: Galeri?a Epelde&Mardaras Bilbao.
2005: CENIZA, Galeri?a Muelle 27 , Madrid.
2002: Galeri?a Bilkin , Bilbao.
1997: Galeri?a La Brocha , Bilbao.
1994: VIRUS. Aula de Cultura de la BBK, Elcano, Bilbao.
Casa de Cultura de Gallarta. 1993: Casa de Cultura de Muskiz.
1992: Galeri?a La Fundicio?n , Bilbao.
2017: ‘Dream’ Knight Webb Galler y, London Feria Art Madrid, stand galeri?a Estampa.
2016: DARK MATTERS,Temporary Art Centre, Eindhoven Feria Estampa, Galeri?a Estampa, Madrid.
“Destinesia”curated by DH Dowling,Stephen Romano Gallery,NewYork
2015: "Zwiegespra?ch II" - Dominik Zehnder und Joseba Eskubi.Galaria Fravi, Domat/Ems, Switzerland
delicARTessen 14, Galeri?a Esther Montoriol, Barcelona
"Night on Earth" Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin 2014: "Grand Opening " Galeri?a Artdocks, Bremen.
delicARTessen 13, Galeri?a Esther Montoriol, Barcelona
"ENCAPSULADOS" Casa Sostoa, Ma?laga.
KONTVENTPUNTZERO 2014 ,Silenci abans de Bach , Cal Rosa (Catalun?a)
2013: “NOT NOW” , Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, Denmark. ART COPENHAGEN, Galerie Wolfsen,
“DREAMTIME: NEW SURREALISM”, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco. PINTA Art Show . Galeri?a Paula Alonso, London
“INTRANCE”, Schafhof, Freising - European House of Art, Upper Bavaria “VIEKZUVIEL” Galerie Baum Auf Dem Hu?gel, Berlin.
“SMALL WORLDS”, Galerie im Park, Bremen
“DINA A33” , Louis 21 Gallery, Palma de Mallorca.
“VERFHOND ?S 2013 INTERNATIONAL PAINTING SHOW”, Brouwersgracht 151, Amsterdam.
2012: “JULEUDSTILLING”, Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, Dinamarca..
“HIGH ON LOWBROW”· Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, Dinamarca..
“A SMALL EMBASSY OF LIVING PAINTERS” Galeri?a Appels , Amsterdam.
2011: “55 EN KRISIS”. Galeri?a Krisis Factory , Bilbao.
“THE 22 SHOW” 22 Magazine. Cafe? Orwell,Brooklyn NY.
2010: “DIGESTIONES”. Cata?logo General/Epelde & Mardaras, Bilbao. 2009: “ESPEJO CANALLA”. Galeri?a Artificial . Madrid.
“ARTISTAS DE LA GALERI?A”. Galeri?a Epelde&Mardaras
XXI”Baluarte, Pamplona.
2006: “HAMAIRU” Mercado de la Ribera, Galeri?a Epelde&Mardaras , Bilbao.
“SIETE POR VEINTE” Galeri?a Juan Manuel Lumbreras, Bilbao. 2005: ARTESANTANDER,Santander Stand Galeri?a Muelle 27.
FORO SUR, Ca?ceres, Stand Galeri?a Muelle 27.
ARTELISBOA, Lisboa. Stand Galeri?a Muelle 27 . 2004: Ibilarte,Aula de Cultura de la BBK,Elcano,Bilbao. 2003: Ibilarte,Aula de Cultura de la BBK,Elcano,Bilbao. 2002: Desparadisoa, Cordoaria Nacional, Lisboa.
Ibilarte,Archivo Foral,Bilbao.
ARTFRANKFURT’02. Stand Galeri?a Bilkin. Frankfurt. Bilkin Harian. Galeri?a Bilkin . Bilbao.
2001: DESPARADISOA, Sta?dtische Galerie im Butentor, Bremen. DESPARADISOA, Academia de Espan?a en Roma.
2000: ELKARTASUN EGUNA, Feria de Muestras de Bilbao. 1999: CENTENARIO DE CEBEK, Archivo Foral de Bilbao. 1998: Galeri?a Polborin?e, Bilbao.
1997: Casa de Cultura de Eibar.
1996: ARTISTAK ETA IDAZLEAK. Casa de Cultura de La Bolsa, Bilbao. PORTA?TIL. Galeri?a La Fundicio?n .

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