The Three Seasons by Xavier González D’ègara

Written by on April 7, 2012 in Cool Stuff and Reviews - 2 Comments

Recently, I had the unique and very special opportunity to attend the opening night, and live painting event the following night, of an exhibit entitled, The Three Seasons by a Spanish artist mainly unknown until then in the UK, where the show took place in a Central London gallery called Imitate Modern.

The artist, Xavier González D’ègara, a dynamic and charming Spaniard who now lives in Berlin, was there to meet and greet the many guests during the first night, though mostly outside the gallery as he chain-smoked and chatted away with his Spanish friends while happily answering any questions and greeting anyone who came to say hello.

Xavier, himself, is an interesting character. He is quite a charmer with women, and had many who visited during either or both nights of the event, enthralled with him. Even he realizes this draw which he has and describes himself as romantic and passionate, yet filled with pain. Though he is incredibly talented, he is also incredibly troubled and very humble. He works, as he says, for his art “and not for the money”.

The depth of his feeling is apparent in his art as it is in everything about him. He spends his money on new paint to finish his work and skips buying food or even new shoes when his have broken soles. His life is filled with such examples. Mike Filer, who discovered him through a Spanish friend as interested in art as he is, and as much a collector, has many such stories. He is the reason that Xavier and his art made it over to London, as he was as taken with Xavier’s art as with his persona. Mike had a first-hand view into Xavier’s creativity watching as his work developed in his studio in Berlin: “He offers a vision into his own world, drawn in by pain but on an inescapable path that allows you incredible highs on the way”.

Mike is also the organizing talent behind the successful gallery opening night, which many hailed as “one of the best so far”. He managed to coordinate the event, ensuring that Xavier had all he needed to complete his work on time, and getting Moro, the wonderful London-based Spanish restaurant, to donate food for the event (that I personally could not stop eating) as well as several drink sponsors.

As packed full as the opening night of the event was, the live art event was even more full of spectators eager to witness the talent in action. They certainly weren’t disappointed. The event was not only breathtaking, but also filled with surprise. Xavier painted on glass using bright colors, which he smudged and moved around with his hands and various instruments. He then proceeded to write the name of several of his ex-girlfriends (one of them who killed herself) and then erase them. The act filled him with so much emotion, that he then smashed the painting (which had a perspective buyer) with his hand. It was an incredible sight and one that left everyone in the audience completely speechless, only to be talking of not much else for the rest of the night.

The live painting event was then followed by an all-night after-party, requested by the painter, where many of his Spanish DJ friends rocked the night with their tunes, and where many of us were able to witness the party side of the serious artist. Xavier was all charm and kindness to his friends, who are devoted to, and enchanted by, him. Those of us still around when the after-party came to an abrupt end when the club we were in ended it early and without warning, right before one of his DJ friends, well known in Barcelona, was about to play, were able to witness Xavier trying to convince the club managers to make space for him to play somewhere else in the club. His regard for his friend’s feelings and his  uncanny ability to win people over had half the club managers running around apologizing for the early ending and trying to find someplace where the DJ could play. It was incredible to watch as Xavier used all his charm and his broken English to try and convince stern club managers to bend the rules. In the end, a room was found though the DJ was unable to play because the equipment in the room was inadequate. But, still, the effort was not in vain. The friend was very grateful for Xavier’s trouble and all of his Spanish group agreed in wonder just how terrific Xavier was as they departed together for an after-party to the after-party at the house of a friend who lived in London.

It was a perfect ending to a fabulous two-day introduction to an artist who pretty soon will no longer need any…

According to Mike, who feels almost a paternal caretaking feeling towards the artist he helped bring to London, Xavier is “both a lion and a little boy, with a rage and torrent of love soaked energy that attracts both pain and desire in equal measure.” It is then maybe not such a surprise that this lion-hearted little boy was kicked out of the London Zoo the following day for trying, in fact, to get into a cage with a lion. At least, it was not such a surprise to the good friends who know him well and who accompanied him on the trip.

Is it this love soaked energy or that wild side that makes Xavier so irresistible and his art so gripping? Have a look at his art for yourself and be the judge. The exhibition at Imitate Modern ends the 10th of April and it is one not to be missed. Though most of the art has already sold, there are still some beautiful paintings and prints left available for sale through the gallery. Somehow with Xavier, the tie between his passion and his pain, between his creativity and his talent and his troubled heart and slight madness work together in such a way as to make his art so captivating and exceptionally beautiful. “It may sound trite,” adds Mike, but for him “it very much is no pain no gain.”

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