I first looked at David Agenjo’s work at A level when I was studying how artists create emotive pieces through their use of colour.
I find that when I paint portraits or figures I like to blend my colours smoothly and try to make the outcome as realistic as possible. I greatly admire artists like Agenjo who beautifully paint figures using loose and broad brush strokes. I struggle to let go of control in my painting technique so I respect how these artists let go of inhibitions that affect your work stylistically.
What I find particularly brilliant about Agenjo’s work is that he uses separate canvases as palettes which he then uses for his next painting. This creates an unplanned careless texture underneath each piece as well as an under layer of erratic colours. This texture and colour creates a wonderful depth to his work and compliments the paint that he later adds, which despite his loose and unpredictable strokes are controlled and the composition carefully considered.
This creates a depth to his work and despite his use of fun, bright colours I find some of his work evokes a feeling of melancholy and others just a simple calmness. Most of Agenjo’s pieces are painted in acrylic, which due to its fast drying qualities is the most suitable medium for buildings layers of different colours.
In a film featured on his website Agenjo describes figurative painting as representing yourself through representing other people. He believes that the people around us are our most immediate reality and that is what he chooses to produce his work from.
David Agenjo‘s work could be considered modern impressionism. His penchant for using a cool color palette appears deliberate. It creates a distance between the subject, which is often human, and the viewer. As a result, it’s almost voyeuristic. You experience these people but you’re disconnected from them emotionally. You wonder their origins, their wants.