Looking through my draft pieces I feel like I am starting a lot of my future posts in a similar manner at the moment as the shows and jams across the city seem to be never ending! Honestly, I am not complaining as it’s keeping me very busy and I am surrounded by so much amazing art but wow is it hard to keep up with it all!
The latest event that I spent some time at was Bronik’s first solo show at Nevermind bar in Barcelona. I’ve shared the work of this Peruvian artist many times on the blog but had never actually met her in person before so grabbed the opportunity and asked if I could shoot her setting up for the show. Happily Bronik was delighted to be asked but with my day job in the way I had to send my new intern (my girlfriend) to shoot the set up and ask a few questions. Turns out she’s a better photographer than me so she might get a promotion to assistant soon. Might.
The show features Bronik’s latest works on canvas and skateboard. Bronik told us that she cannot believe the amount of discarded skateboards that she finds lying around Barcelona which are still in excellent condition, basically ready for her just to prime and paint on. These works on board are based on the female wild side with each character having her own spirit animal.
Her work on canvas takes her street pieces I’m so accustomed to seeing up a notch with the colours and details just that little bit more bright and clear.
It’s clear that Bronik is trying to change her work slightly and she told us as much making mention of the fact that she feels that she gets categorised because she uses the same colours each time so she’s been experimenting with new colours and tones but still trying to keep that freshness that she had when she first started out painting. It’s all about finding the balance between the freedom of when she first started painting and the professionalism of trying to live full time as an artist.
Below are a few more shots from the show and if you are around Barcelona be sure to pop into the Nevermind bar on Carrer Tallers and show a little love to this great young artist!