Artistic techniques of Totom
Antonio was a very prolific artist, who used very different techniques for his creative process. Oil or acrylic painting, ceramics, etchings, sculpture, decorations, etc.
His art was a constant search for expression, color, textures, symbolism and feeling.
Pouring awareness on a canvas is not an easy task, what tools do you use to leave everything you are in a quadrilateral? There was a recurring dream in which Antonio first fought to get his mind into the picture, and then surrendered and traveled inward, becoming part of it.
The oil represented him the alchemical primogen oil; in fats he found a powerful, feminine and ancestral color.
His technique with palettes and copious amounts of paint, focused attention on the expression of the symbol.
It was in 1990 when his works abandoned a realistic landscape of life and began to wander between dreams, visions and mystical subjective experiences. The intensity achieved and the lost gaze on the deep, was leading to dissolve more and more the concrete gaze and deliver the intense experience in the transpersonal vision.
Almost all the works exhibited in this gallery are part of the last stage of his life, focusing on the expressive and emotional work of the undeniable lucid experiences.
«What is forged with fire is alchemy, either in a stove oven, or in the kitchen stove»
The study of alchemy is a vital process, one can never determine when it begins and when it ends. It is about self-transformation through light and powerful conscious or unconscious foods that change our mind, heart and life.
The paintings of Antonio García Calvente, Totom, show the path of the alchemist put into practice, day by day, for decades. Sometimes a dark road and sometimes wonderful.
In this collection of paintings we will find those most sacred and simple alchemical symbols, which powerfully remind us who we are and the self-transformation that arises through the action of the fire of the heart.
The inks are instant, raw, sincere. It only takes a moment to connect with them.
Through inks, Antonio García Calvente manifests a whole world of expression, textures, colors and shapes that will accompany him for much of his artistic career.
Through the inks, we find a search to capture the materialization of sound, the beginning of life and the Universe.
The macrocosm and microcosm come to intermingle in pure and watery colors that reflect an instantaneous vision.
It is not a question here of color, nor of form, but of an instant of Taoist experience where, without saying anything, without being anything, one tries to caress the moment.
In these inks the fundamental philosophy of Taoism is represented, which surrenders to the leaf that falls from the tree in autumn and embraces the void.
Pencil drawings, charcoal, comprise an indispensable part of the artist’s foundations. Antonio García Calvente lived with a notebook and a pencil in his hands by him, sketching the world and seeking a more intuitive, deep, sensitive and transcendental look.
After years of drawings, painting, ceramics, during 1998-2000 he specialized in quick drawings and watercolors, seeking to achieve a meditative state during work, a technique that every artist seeking the Taoist path ends up refining. I tried a deep meditation after which the experience seeks to materialize through the pencil.
Slowly this work was rewarded, and both the drawings, the watercolors and many of his works represent the expression of a fragile and moving sensitive moment.
Engravings are a form of printing with textures, essence and quality.
The etching method involves engraving an image on a copper plate, mounting it with inks, and applying it to paper with a press or press. The image is transferred to the paper by creating a finely detailed embossing on the surface of the paper.
Antonio García Calvente, in 1987, found in engraving a very personal technique that would accompany him for the rest of his life.
For decades there was never a lack of an engraving press where he printed the lithographic plates that he engraved himself.
It is an ancient art that requires a laborious and precise process.
One of his whims was to break the metal plates of his own engravings to avoid replicas of his work, for this reason there are currently very few etchings by Antonio, and all of them are very valuable.
«Letthe fire take away everything you have left over and give you what you lack.»
The sayings of the ceramist are authentic teachings. Ceramics help us understand that first way of creating with materials in humans. Even before woods and metals, clay is kneaded, and soon cooked in the fire.
Alchemy makes sense in pottery, where no matter what one wants, the transformation becomes wild and uncontrolled, revealing the true essence of the artisan.
Under the teaching of the master Felipe Espínola from the «Ruiz de Luna» School, in 1987, Antonio García Calvente undertook a journey as a ceramist that would conclude with some of his latest artistic works.
Good sculpture claims to be touched, felt. It has some kind of life that generates a strange and physical magnetism.
The material, the shape, the search for chiaroscuro, are not something as important as that without reason, to caress something that you do not know why but you feel that it is alive.
Mixed techniques in art are born from the need to express with new materials.
The search for balance with opposites, old and new ways.
Sometimes a language requires «borrowings» from other languages to get a word that has not yet been flagged. In the same way, everything in art needs loans, variations, mixtures, to achieve something that has never been created before.