Pintura al Óleo | Oil Painting

Who inspired the works?

Formally, I was inspired by the German painter Gerhard Richter, who began in 1960's to create his iconic photographic paintings. From a collection of photographs that he added throughout his life - from press clippings to family photos - Richter projected and drew the images on a canvas. In the process of recreating the photos, he erased the images, leaving the subjects unidentifiable.

What do you hope its viewers will feel / think?

I hope that viewers understand that there is a narrative within the history of art that deals with the artists who created their own museums. This narrative is constructed through Marcel Duchamp (Boîte-en-valise, 1936-1941), Robert Filliou (La galerie légitime, 1962-1963) and Marcel Broodthaers (Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, 1968-1972) . Following this narrative, I decided to create The Davis Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (2009-ongoing), which is, simultaneously, a readymade sculpture, a non-profit collective art project, and at the same time, a cultural entity recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya (an Autonomous Community in Spain).
Created symbolically in an electoral ballot box and disseminated mainly through Facebook, the Davis Museum is also the smallest contemporary art museum in the world.

This cultural entity has several sections and one of them is The Paintings Section From Davis Museum. It is divided into portraits and still lifes. The portraits represent Marcel Duchamp, Robert Filliou and Marcel Broodthaers; while still lifes represent the Boîte-en-valise (Box in a suitacase), the La galerie légitime (Legitimate gallery) and the Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles (Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles).

Why did you choose the medium, the frame format and color?

I chose oil on canvas because I am interested in painting not only because of its versatility as a medium but also because of its historical repository of images and ideas. Only the best materials have been used: linen fabrics, Blockx essence of turpentine and linseed oil and Old Holland oil paintings. As the Davis Museum is a cube, I chose the frame of the paintings to be square. And since the Davis Museum's brand color is blue, I chose to have the same color in the paintings.


The Paintings From Davis Museum in Public and Private Collections

Yellowstone Club Collection, Big Sky, Montana, USA.
Yellowstone Club Collection, Big Sky, Montana, USA.
Geert De Kegel Collection, Zele, Belgium.
Geert De Kegel Collection, Zele, Belgium
Francesc Torres Collection, Barcelona, Spain.
Alejandro Vásquez Herrero Collection, Viladecans, Spain.

Davis Lisboa, “Marcel Duchamp 13 (Ear)”, 2018, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)

I have been inspired by a film still from “Screen Tests" of Marcel Duchamp. The “Screen Tests" was a series of short, silent, black-and-white film portraits by Andy Warhol, made between 1964 and 1966, the period when he realized his revolutionary vision of celebrity. Using a stationary camera, Warhol captured the personality of both famous and lesser-known visitors to his studio, the Factory. Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, “Baby” Jane Holzer, Cass Elliott, Dennis Hopper, Gerard Malanga, Beverly Grant, Edie Sedgwick, Susan Sontag, Salvador Dalí or Marcel Duchamp have been some who "seated" for these innovative Warhol's film and photograph art project.

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Davis Lisboa, "Robert Filliou 18", 2018, oil on canvas, 15,74 x 15,74 x 1,5 in (40 x 40 x 3,5 cm)

I have been inspired by a photograph of Robert Filliou with glasses and smoking a cigarette. I do not know the name of the photographer, as well as the place and the year in which the portrait was made.

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Davis Lisboa, "Robert Filliou 17", 2018, oil on canvas, 19,68 x 19,68 x 1,57 in (50 x 50 x 3,5 cm).

Conceptually, I was inspired by a fragment of an artwork titled "Autoportrait bien fait, mal fait, pas fait" (#SelfPortrait Well Made, Badly Made, Not Made), 1973, wood, pencil, ink, black and white photograph and canvas, 13 2/5 × 37 1/5 × 2 4/5 in, 34 × 94.5 × 7 cm, by the French artist Robert #Filliou (#Sauve, #France, 1926 - #LesEyzies, France, 1987).

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Davis Lisboa, "Musée d’ArtModerne, Département des Aigles 7 (Les Portes)", 2018, oil on canvas, 19,68 x 19,68 x 1,57 in (50 x 50 x 3,5 cm).

What/who inspired the work?
Conceptually, I was inspired by the work of Marcel Broodthaers entitled "Untitled (Les Portes du Musée) [The Doors of the Museum], 1968–1969, vacuum-formed plastic, hand painted, 192 x 178 cm.

Formally, I was inspired by the German painter Gerhard Richter, who began in 1960's to create his iconic photographic paintings. From a collection of photographs that he added throughout his life - from press clippings to family photos - Richter projected and drew the images on a canvas. In the process of recreating the photos, he erased the images, leaving the subjects unidentifiable.

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Davis Lisboa, Boîte-en-valise 8, 2018, oil on canvas, 19,68 x 19,68 x 1,57 in (50 x 50 x 3,5 cm).

What/who inspired the work?
Conceptually, this oil painting was inspired by "Boîte-en-valise” (Box in a suitcase) by Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), one of the most important and influential, but also one of the least know, of twenty-century works of art.
In 1936, Duchamp began work on the making of a “portable museum" that was to contains his principal works in miniature: paintings, drawings, objects and readymades. On 1 January 1941, he made public in Paris the first copy of his multiple, "de ou par MARCEL DUCHAMP ou RROSE SÉLAVY": a cardboardbox that fitted inside a handy valise and contained a total of sixty-nine miniature replicas, models and reproductions of his works. During the remainder of Duchamp's life there followed six further partial editions, incorporating additional items and varying in presentation from a leather covered de luxe version, the Boîte-en-valise proper, to standard model, the “Boîte".

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Davis Lisboa, "Boîte-en-valise 7", 2018, oil on canvas, 15,74 x 15,74 x 1,5 in (40 x 40 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “Marcel Broodthaers 12”, 2018, oil on canvas, 15,7 x 15,7 x 1,5 in (40 x 40 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “Marcel Broodthaers 11”, 2018, oil on canvas, 15,7 x 15,7 x 1,5 in (40 x 40 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “#RobertFilliou16”, 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “#DepartmentOfEagles6”, 2017, oil on canvas, 19,68 x 19,68 x 1.57 in (50 x 50 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “#RobertFilliou15”, 2017, oil on canvas, 19,68 x 19,68 x 1.57 in (50 x 50 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “#MarcelBroodthaers10”, 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “#MarcelDuchamp11 (#RroseSélavy)", 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “#RobertFilliou14”, 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
DavisLisboa, “#DepartmentOfEagles5”, 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “#RobertFilliou13”, 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "#RobertFilliou12”, 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "#RobertFilliou11", 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles #4", 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Galerie légitime #9", 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “Marcel Broodthaers #9", 2017, oil on canvas, 15,7 x 15,7 x 1,57 in (40 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Boîte-en-valise #6", 2017, oil on canvas, 15,7 x 15,7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Marcel Duchamp #10", 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Robert Filliou #10", 2017, oil on canvas, 15,7 x 15,7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Boîte-en-valise #5", 2017, oil on canvas, 15,7 x 15,7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Boîte-en-valise #4", 2017, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1.57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Boîte-en-valise #3", 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Galerie légitime #8", 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Galerie légitime #7", 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Marcel Duchamp #7 (Tonsure)", 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “Marcel Broodthaers #8", 2017, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1.57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “Marcel Broodthaers #7 (Paintings)", 2017, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1.57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “La galerie légitime #5 (Paintings)", 2017, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1.57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “Self-portrait #2 (Paintings)", 2017, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1.57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Robert Filliou #7 (Paintings)", 2017, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 x 4 cm
Davis Lisboa, "Robert Filliou #6", 2017, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1.57 in (30 x 30 x 4 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “Marcel Broodthaers #6", 2016, oil on canvas, 15,74 x 15,74 x 13,77 in (40 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “Marcel Broodthaers #5 (Paintings)", 2016, oil on canvas, 15,74 x 15,74 x 13,77 in (40 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “Marcel Duchamp #5 (Paintings)", 2016, oil on canvas, 15,74 x 11,81 x 1,57 in (40 x 30 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Robert Filliou #2 (Paintings)", 2015, oil on canvas, 15,74 x 11,81 x 1,57 in (40 x 30 x 4 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “Marcel Broodthaers #4 (Paintings)", 2016, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1.57 in (30 x 30 x 3.5 cm)
The Geert De Kegel Collection, Zele, Belgium.
Davis Lisboa, “Marcel Duchamp #4 (Paintings)", 2016, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1.57 in (30 x 30 x 4 cm)
The Geert De Kegel Collection, Zele, Belgium.
Davis Lisboa, “Self-portrait #1 (Paintings)", 2016, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1.57 in (30 x 30 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, “Marcel Broodthaers #3 (Paintings)", 2016, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1.57 in (30 x 30 x 3.5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Robert Filliou #5 (Paintings)", 2016, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1,57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Marcel Duchamp #3", 2015, oil on canvas, 15,74 x 11,81 in
Davis Lisboa, "Boîte-en-valise #2 (Paintings)", 2016, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1,57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Marcel Duchamp #2", 2013, oil on canvas, 15,7 x 15,7 x 2 in
Davis Lisboa, "Galerie légitime #2 (Paintings)", 2013, oil on canvas, 15,7 x 15,7 x 1,57 in (40 x 40 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles #2 (Paintings)", 2012, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1,57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
The Yellowstone Club Collection, Big Sky, Montana, USA.
Davis Lisboa, "Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles #3 (Paintings)", 2012, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1,57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
The Yellowstone Club Collection, Big Sky, Montana, USA.
Davis Lisboa, "Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles #1 (Paintings)", 2012, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1,57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Marcel Broodthaers #1 (Paintings)", 2012, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1,57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Robert Filliou #1 (Paintings)", 2012, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1,57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "Marcel Duchamp #1 (Paintings)", 2012, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1,57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Francesc Torres Collection, Barcelona, Spain.
Davis Lisboa, "Boîte-en-valise #1 (Paintings)", 2012, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1,57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)
Davis Lisboa, "The Davis Museum #1 (Paintings)", 2011, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1,57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)