Nacho Zubelzu: White on white

The connection with nature is, without a doubt, the main hallmark of the work of Nacho Zubelzu, an artist with a nomadic temperament whose work is based on an attentive and profound observation of the transformations of the environment in its constant flow over time. His artistic practice is based on knowledge, experimentation and play with any material or discipline that best serves his purpose of expressing plastically the interaction between natural cycles and the elements.

The drawings follow a compositional principle that has its starting point in the direct look at an environment in constant transition. His white textured surfaces, like Manzoni’s acromos, are constructed from cut paper scales that allow him to create a sense of relief and to incorporate shadows. At other times he chooses to nourish the paper with aubergine water or ink, exploring its full expressive potential. The artist reproduces the same weft with which he constructs topographies with his own orogenesis that expand and contract forming folds and hollows evoking reliefs modeled by the wind or snow, tangles of vegetation, the movement of large herds of animals merging with the landscape during transhumance and, particularly, the effects of winter on the landscape, its frozen skin, the sheets of ice, the snowdrifts, the wounds in the snow or the wet earth.

NACHO ZUBELZU, Trashumancia I, 2019. Paper cut out on canvas, 80 x 60 cm. Courtesy Exhibit Lab
NACHO ZUBELZU, Maraña XII, 2019. Pen and ink on paper, 31 x 44 cm. Courtesy Exhibit Lab
NACHO ZUBELZU, Neveros 4, 2019. Pen and ink on paper, 66 x 103 cm. Courtesy Exhibit Lab