By means of what the French call a "joke" and true
Castilians a "pronto", Javier Clavo tried to describe himself briefly......
It was enough to demonstrate something fundamental. In view of the fact that he
is an original, a well-established feature of the Spanish artistic landscape, to
emphasise what we already know would be to run the risk of lapsing into clichés
and drawing up a list and a chronology of works which have diversified into many
and varied fields, and would be a futile, muddled and lengthy undertaking. So, as
far as is possible, let's rise above platitudes and make the most of our skills as
presenters - both in the The exhibition comprises a small sample of the prolific
output of works by Javier catalogue and in the exhibition hall - to tell you about
the contents of this exhibition.
Clavo, who for some time has devoted a large part of his
daily work to watercolours The large variety of authentic themes and styles cannot
but attract our attention. The fact is that, while the fundamental characteristics
of this artist are his genius and aptitude, they are always controlled by a
disturbing and relentless exactitude from himself.
Clavo is always on the lookout. His clear gaze focuses intently on objects.
He searches, asks questions, and noses about....he tries to get to the very heart
of things. This perhaps explains - and to tell the truth, we hope it does - why his
incursion into the world of the "vague", his flight into the realm of shadows, his
meandering into the "obscure", and his halting exploration of the " confined
universe" of mankind subject to forces and constraints incompatible with the
human condition come as no surprise to us.
And what can we say about the generous, quiet and serene
Clavo, about the young boyhood artist, painter of portraits "from life" and dearly
beloved creatures, and about Clavo, the depicter of nudes and urban
landscapes, ... ?
All that there remains for us to mention are the
many magnificent drawings of bullfighting scenes. Beautiful,
skilful, alive and energetic. Through them, Clavo immerses himself in
the spectacle. He enjoys that "state of grace" which actors call a "disposition".
Is it because Clavo wanted to be a bullfighter ?