On May 21, 2019, at the headquarters of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, the meeting of the Jury for the selection of the poster was held, which will be the 86th edition of the traditional Autumn Salon, to be held from October 31 to November 24 at the Casa de Vacas of the Retiro Park in Madrid.
The jury was chaired by Juan Manuel López-Reina, Vice President of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, Secretary General of the AEPE, acting as President and Secretary respectively, and by the Members Antonio Téllez, Paloma Casado, Fernando de Marta and Ana Martínez .
In the words of our President, José Gabriel Astudillo, “for the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors it is very special to have an identifying image of the Autumn Salon, and that it be a work of the members of our institution, which in this way regaining prominence in the Salon de Otoño. “
The winning work is an original idea of the partner Javier Ortás, whom we congratulate from these lines, and it is a watercolor entitled “An autumn painter”, which has been presented on paper in vertical format measuring 60 x 40 cm.
The painter Javier Ortas does not interpret what he sees, but creates his works using only his imagination, without using any model. He works alone in front of the blank support without any reference other than the artistic impulse, inventing and creating scenes, characters and elements of his inner world: ideas, desires, feelings … The result is a pure, defined, resounding and different style , exclusive and diverse works that reveal the peculiarity of his talent.
Javier Ortas was born in Madrid. Being very young he received private classes of oil painting, watercolor, etc., in the school Corazonistas, of Alfonso XIII, of Madrid. Afterwards he has continued to paint and draw on his own “whenever I could”. He has lived most of his life in Madrid, although he also spent many years of his youth in Mexico and the United States.
He began by learning and perfecting his technique based on realism: landscapes, nature, portraits … But he soon felt the need to create without any model and to compose and invent starting from the blank support, without visual references of any kind. As he says, “I am convinced that this is the way in which an artist can offer more of himself and thus display imagination, inventiveness … What we call the purest creativity”.
In recent years he has been seduced by the technique of watercolor, although it is considered very classical, “the truth is that it allows to compose very modern and innovative works” and has established his own pictorial style, peculiar and different. It has also been professionalized and based on several exhibitions (Club Financiero Genoa, Ateneo de Madrid, etc. up to ten individuals), has managed to advance in this difficult world of contemporary art.
Splendid the dominion that the watercolor has Javier Ortas; It reels tones and lights in a dazzling, spectacular way. Before his watered down his ability for drawing is admired. His compositions, complex, are formed by the accumulation of sequences, all explained with the precise detail; You can admire the firm line with which any everyday scene is resolved. He is a different, different watercolorist.
Javier Ortas is an excellent watercolorist. Young and at the same time veteran, innate knower of the pictorial truth, knowledgeable and dominating as few of difficult technique of watercolor. All this, his personality and his pictorial creation, becomes a work of great quality impregnated with humanity, which invites us to know his vision of the world, as an artist and as a person.
The watercolors of Javier Ortas invite the viewer to joy and optimism through the strength of color and the precision of their strokes. Javier Ortas has consolidated his own and different style in which he plays with linear composition through a very precise line, addressing different points of view.
All the information can be followed on the website of the AEPE, tab “Contests and awards”, sub-tab “Hall of Autumn” 2019.