Josep Maria de Sucre is largely remembered for his portraits of disturbed and disturbing characters. His men and women have obsessive faces, with hallucinated eyes that suggest inner universes of great existential intensity. Indebted to Expressionism, and to a certain extent Primitivism, his works evoke an association with the world of Paul Klee, whom Sucre admired. Executed with broad brushstrokes and an almost tenebrist use of colour and tonal contrast, Sucre’s characters condense much of the pain associated with the twentieth century.
Gold does not take on any dirt. And gold, just are diamonds, is an exalted material. It possesses such a degree of abstraction that it encounters you –if you use it artistically– on an already exalted level.