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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Oscar Murillo
MATT PAINTING (YOGA)
Estimate
950,0001,500,000
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528

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Oscar Murillo
MATT PAINTING (YOGA)
Estimate
950,0001,500,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art

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Hong Kong

Oscar Murillo
B.1986
MATT PAINTING (YOGA)
signed and dated 13 twice on the overlap of the reverse
oil paint, oil stick and dirt on canvas
265 by 215 cm; 104 3/8  by 84 5/8  in.
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Exhibited

London, Carlos/Ishikawa, Oscar Murillo: Dinner at the members club? Yes! i'll have a black americano first pls, 23 March - 11 May 2013

Catalogue Note

Perfectly encapsulating Oscar Murillo’s signature amalgamation of different modes of abstraction, unique treatment of materials and linguistic references, Matt Painting (Yoga) is an outstanding example of the artist’s original practice that has over recent years found increasing critical acclaim. Growing up in the small mountain-side town of La Paila in South East Colombia, Murillo’s practice is deeply intertwined with his personal background. Rather than being exposed to a traditional Western art education, he appropriated his experiences from the streets, the local industry of sugar cane production as well as encounters with his family and friends, all of which have provided a strong catalyst to explore the conjunction of different materials and mediums. 

After moving to London, the artist encountered an entirely different culture yet remained closely linked to his origins. Cleaning office buildings at night in the city of London alongside fellow Colombians, Murillo began to incorporate the tools of his trade into his process of art production. Broomsticks became tools for mark-making and the dirt that they would conventionally remove from the office floor became a medium to be applied onto a canvas. As the artist explained: “I think in what I do… I endeavor to strive for a sense of authenticity...dirt is real and is everywhere; it is accessible whether in the streets of London or in the villages of Colombia, dirt is democratic and free, so a dirty canvas is an extension or a reality even if you romanticize it” (Oscar Murillo in conversation with Catherine Wood in: ‘Oscar Murillo: Dirty Painting’, Mousse 35, October-November 2012, p. 109).

In an unconventional approach to painting that is not dissimilar to the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Oscar Murillo introduces the distinctly low-brow material of dirt as a key component in his paintings. The use of linguistic elements, often referring to food - or in the case of the present work, to yoga - is another signature painterly strategy that characterizes Murillo’s work. Aas he explains: “Some words like yoga have gained a duality of meaning in my work. They are not only visually representative of their meaning but also, compositionally, there’s a formality. The canvases get folded so you get the word kind of mirrored in the paint’s absorption onto the other side of the fold, and sometimes you get a pattern. Here it almost looks like a person doing yoga.”

Contemporary Art

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Hong Kong